Written by Fr. Samuel Canilang, CMF
Fr. Marcellí "Marcelino" Fonts, our retreat director this year (2015), is a Spanish Claretian Missionary working in Japan ‒ which is a part of the Claretian East Asian Delegation ‒ for several years (about 40). He was born near the birthplace of St. Anthony Mary Claret, the Founder of the Claretian Missionaries, in Catalonia. He is a Claretain by birth and by vocation!
Fr. Marcelino is not really a stranger to ICLA. Just a little bit of history: ICLA was founded upon the collaboration of Claretians in Asia. In the year of the Institute's foundation, Fr. Marcelino was the major superior of the East Asian Delegation. Under his leadership, the Delegation supported the foundation of ICLA, not only morally, but also finacially. Moreover, for some years, he taught the subject on prayer in the Institute.
Fr. Domingo Moraleda, the principal founder of ICLA, used to call Fr. Marcelino "un santo varon" ‒ a holy gentleman. Fr. Marcelino ‒ as a missionary, as a superior, and as a formator ‒ has a long and deep experience of the life of prayer. He has successfully blended the Christian tradition of prayer and a popular Asian method of meditation ‒ particularly, Zen. He has been giving seminars on prayer for several years in different parts of the world.