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Testimonies of the Congregational Spirituality Centre team As is the custom every year, the Congregational Spirituality Centre organizes an exhibition of cribs given by communities from different countries all around the world. This year, we chose to work on the theme “Migrants-Refugees”, a crucial topic. Our inspiration came, after the Gospel, from the message of the Pope Francis for the world day of migrants and refugees 2018. Our common work has been inspired by four key words which appear in his speech: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate. This exhibition permitted to... more
“ I hope for a growth in communion between the members of different Institutes. Might this Year be an occasion for us to step out more courageously from the confines of our respective Institutes and to work together, at the local and global levels, on projects involving formation, evangelization, and social action? This would make for a more effective prophetic witness. Communion and the encounter between different charisms and vocations can open up a path of hope. No one contributes to the future in isolation, by his or her efforts alone, but by seeing himself or herself as part of a true... more
IN THIS YEAR 2018 The lamp in the Oratory of St. Mary Euphrasia at the Mother House burns for the intentions of the Congregation. JANUARY 01-06 Peace in the World 07-13 Congregational Leadership Team 14-20 Central South US 21-27 All participants in our ministries 28-03 Peru FEBRUARY 04-10 Eastern Central Africa (Kenya, Congo, South Sudan, Uganda) 11-17 Italy-Malta 18-24 North Mexico 25-03 Indonesia MARCH 04-10 West Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso) 11-17 Intentions of Pope Francis 18-24 New York-Toronto 25-31 Europe-BFMN (Belgium, France, Hungary, Netherlands) APRIL 01-07 Southeast Latin America... more
On November 11 we started, I think we can call this session, the way of "transformation by the Spirit" . In response to the call of the Congregational Leadership Team, we have gathered the Leadership Teams of 6 Provinces: Angola, Central America, Colombo Venezolana, Ecuador, Portugal and Southeast Latin America. The symbol of the meeting has helped us to deepen the experience of being leaders at the present time. Like the butterfly, which, starting from being a caterpillar goes through a complete transformation process until it reaches the flying stage, we have been invited to become aware of... more
MELITTA FRAGNER Province Leader Österreich/Schweiz/Czech Sister Melitta Fragner was appointed the Province Leader of Österreich/ Schweiz/Czech for a second term of three years. Her mandate will begin on 8 th December 2017. The Province Chapter was held in Vienna, Austria from 21-24 October 2017. Melitta entered the congregation in Austria and made her perpetual profession on 30 th August 1975. Melitta has pursued studies in the fields of domestic sciences, psychology and education theory, leadership training, and theology. She is fluent in English and also speaks French. Her apostolic... more
We pray for our sisters in the province of Austria - Switzerland - Czech Republic during Chapter days. The Chapter begins on the 21st to 24th October, 2017. May the Holy Spirit guide them and help them to set the world on fire with God's love.more
Maria de Fátima Coelho Pires Province Leader of Portugal During the Province Chapter, which was held in Fatima, Portugal, from the 2-9 October 2017, Sr. Maria de Fátima Coelho Pires, was elected Province Leader of Portugal. Fatima was born on 8 th August 1958 in Azores – Portugal, and entered the Congregation in Ermesinde, Portugal on 31 st July 1984. She made her perpetual profession on 29 th September 1992 in Azores, Portugal. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Education from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, Italy; a Degree in Psychology from the Pontifical... more
For a period of time, the congregation was present in Algeria. Recently, we received from S. Aline Séguin, a sister in Canada and former missionary to Algeria, copies of correspondence that she had written back to her province in the 1970’s. With her permission, we share these letters with you. They reflect the great missionary zeal and deep commitment of our sisters to the Algerian people and a renewed sense of Church and religious life identity as they faced great cultural, political, and religious identity changes. The personal experience, questions, and transformation of these sisters has... more
We pray for our sisters in the province of Portugal during Chapter days. The Chapter begins on the 2nd to 9th Octobre, 2017. May the Holy Spirit guide them and help them to set the world on fire with God's love.more