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2021 Congregational Assembly of Contemplative Sisters (CACS) As you are aware, our Congregation is unique in being an apostolic community with a part of the membership living a contemplative life in various provinces – a life style that is very different than that of the apostolic members. As the Congregational Chapter is the highest form of government and the Contemplatives form part of the Chapter delegation, it is vital that both groups have the ability to present issues that impact their life. Some of the participants at the opening day of the international CACS Conducting an... more
“The congregational chapter is a collegial assembly and the highest authority within the congregation. Representative of the congregation, it is a sign of the unity and an expression of the participation and interest of all the members in the progress of our mission. It is a spiritual event, a time of corporate reflection and conversion. By promoting renewal in the spirit of our charism, the chapter safeguards our heritage and is a source of life and inspiration for the entire congregation.” Constitution 116 The sacred experience of our Thirty First Congregational Chapter was officially... more
Article by Joyce Meyer , Global Sisters Report. A choir of young women in Good Shepherd ministries in Sri Lanka open the July 30 webinar on the rights of girls in Asia and the Pacific. (GSR screenshot) I will never forget the first time I landed at the airport in Bangkok in 2001. Walking through the airport to the baggage claim, it seemed everywhere I looked, old men were sitting about, accompanied by young girls. I had heard about the sexual exploitation of young women in Thailand but had never anticipated it to be so graphically in your face. Later on that trip, Sr. Mary Walter Santer , an... more
“The saints now in God’s presence preserve their bonds of love and communion with us.” (Gaudete et Exsultate, #4) "Rejoice and be glad" (Mt 5:12) Rome, 22 May 2021 Dear Sisters and Mission Partners, It is with great joy that we inform you that today Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree on the martyrdom of Antonia Luzmila Rivas in hatred of the faith (in odium fidei). Aguchita will be beatified! “Aguchita”, our sister in the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, was murdered at the age of 70 by the Shining Path in La... more
Prayer after supper, in the Manuel de prières à l’usage d’une communauté ecclésiastique, OEuvres Complètes, t. III, p. 310-311. Hail Joseph, image of God the Father, Hail Joseph, father of God the Son, Hail Joseph, temple of the Holy Spirit Hail Joseph, beloved of the Holy Trinity, Hail Joseph, most faithful helper in the work of God, Hail Joseph, most worthy spouse of the Virgin Mother. Hail Joseph, father of all the faithful, Hail Joseph, guardian of holy virgins, Hail Joseph, most attentive to interior silence, Hail Joseph, most loving of holy poverty. Hail Joseph, example of meekness and... more
The Spirituality Centre was keen to organize its traditional exhibition of cribs of the world in spite of the health context. It should have opened on 29 th November, but due to the government announcements and the closure of the cultural sites, we were not able to welcome the public. However, the Sisters and staff on the site of the Mother House as well as some friends did visit it, adding up to around 200 people, until the end of January. This year the exhibition was centered on the theme “A new world is rising”, echoing the pandemic, as well as the fraternity and the solidarity between... more
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