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Sr. Yvonne Clemence Bambara from the Bobo-Dioulasso Community in Burkina Faso, part of the Communities of West Africa, arrived in Ireland in September 2019 to commence the Religious Formation Ministry Programme, offered by the Irish Missionary Union at Loreto House in Dublin. During the year, she lived with the sisters at the community in Goatstown, Dublin. Sr. Yvonne chose to study the program as part of her renewal and discernment as she celebrates her silver jubilee of religious life this September. How has the program changed your vision of formation and leadership? I have come to have a... more
Sr. Lakshmi with her student class outside the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Sr. Lakshmi Fernando from the Province of Sri Lanka/Pakistan arrived in Rome in January 2020 to study the semester-long Renewal Program for Missionaries at the Pontifical Gregorian University. During that time, she lived at the Provincialate House of the Province of Italy/Malta. How has this program changed your vision of mission? Previously, I had a more narrow view of this. Of course, we studied about mission during our initial formation, but this was very much limited to the mission and charism of our... more
“Our task is enormous…To look at all that has gone before us, and to recognize that each one of us, however small, has a unique task in co-creation a unique contribution to make in the world and to humanity” (Bass 267) God created the world in seven days, so goes the Genesis story in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Every culture and religion also has a unique creation story that describes who they are and delineates their shared history. As Diana Butler Bass notes above, Edwina Gateley, theologian, writer, and founder of Genesis House, speaks to the enormity of our current issues and calls for... more
Transformative Communities: Passionately Committed to Learning “ There is an angel that bends over and whispers ‘Grow, Grow.’" (Talmud ) In the history of human culture, from the Talmud’s ancient instruction to grow to the contemporary concept of learning communities, we see the consistent mandate for learning and growth. Human beings are by nature inquisitive, organizing, and seeking creatures. We can place the concerns of contemporary religious communities in this context and discuss how they are both Learning and Transformative communities. Learning communities encompass a broad spectrum... more
Sr. Jane Nway Nway Ei from Myanmar, in the Province of East Asia, arrived in Rome in September 2018 to commence the two-year Licentiate in Safeguarding of Minors at the Pontifical Gregorian University. She graduated in June 2020 and, on return to her province in September, will work with the province safeguarding team and support the work of the diocese to develop their child protection and prevention programs. How has this course changed your understanding of safeguarding? I came to realize that safeguarding is part of an integrated journey from the intellectual level to the heart level. It... more
Sr. Roshanthi Ranwatta from Sri Lanka, Province of Sri Lanka-Pakistan, Sr. Hortense Prosper Aime Saholinirina from Madagascar, District of The Isles, and Sr. Marie Jean Bae from Korea, Province of North East Asia, arrived in Rome in January 2020 to begin the five-month Program for the Preparation of Formators offered by the International Union of Superiors General. During this time, they lived at the Congregation’s international formation house in Rome. On their return to their home provinces, Sr. Hortense and Sr. Roshanthi will take up roles within formation, while Sr. Marie Jean will... more
Our 8 th, and final, ICA was also our largest with over 350 participants of Sisters and Partners in Mission coming from Asian countries. Speakers from every country shared many insights and questions about the information presented and all agreed, the experience was very helpful. All teams involved in organizing and presenting these ICA’s were deeply moved with the entire experience.more
ICA 7 united 150 Spanish and Portuguese speaking participants from the South American countries of Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia. Both Sisters and Partners in Mission expressed much enthusiasm for helping identify future directions in the Congregation as we prepare for our Chapter in 2021. Partners in Mission expressed the importance of formation because having a strong foundation enables them to continue the mission into the future and their presence will be contagious – in a Good Shepherd program or elsewhere.​more
ICA 6, presented in the English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian languages, united approximately 100 Sisters and Partners in Mission from Mozambique, Italy, Malta, Spain, Angola and Portugal. Although the languages were different, participant responses were similar as this experience raised a deeper awareness of the unity and diversity in the Congregation. Partners in Mission, along with Sisters in the Generalate community in Rome, participated together for the first time in an ICA. Another first event was including our new novices among the Italian and Portuguese speaking groups. This ICA... more
“One town, one foundation cannot satisfy your zeal. It must embrace the whole world.” Conferences of St Mary Euphrasia, page 163. Our fifth ICA included participants from Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Once again, we had wonderful participation and excitement with the learning and sharing among Sisters and Partners in Mission. Daily discussions and insights focused on moving forward and working more closely with one another and continuing to learn from one another. Approximately 150 participants were involved in these sessions.more