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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
"A life that has sprung up vigorously like the grain of wheat that is buried in the ground and bears fruit in abundance." Antonia Luzmila Rivas López, born on June 13, 1920 in the province of Parinacochas, Ayacucho, Peru, was the first child of a large family of 11 siblings, all born in Coracora. Her parents were Dámaso Rivas and Modesta López. As the first-born daughter, Antonia Luzmila, had to help with household chores. Not only helping at home, her routine also involved working on the farm or taking care of the animals, which she greatly enjoyed. She traveled the country roads many times... more
We arrived at the half way point with ICA 4. The sharing and ambiance was energetic and filled with commitment. We had 150 Sisters and Partners in Mission participating. They, as well as our Japanese translator, came from the provinces of Australia/New Zealand, Northeast Asia, Singapore/Malaysia and Philippines/Japan with presenters coming from the United States, ritual leaders from Ireland and technical operations coming from Rome. We crossed several continents this week!!more
Almost 200 Sisters and Partners in Mission from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Les Iles, Senegal, Europe BFMN and the novices from the international novitiate in Rome participated in ICA 3. Despite the geographic distances between countries and needing a virtual meeting, participants expressed at the end of the week a feeling of being connected in a prayerful ambiance. Sharing and listening brought an acknowledgement of having the same hopes and desires for our future.more
ICA 2 included Sisters and Partners in Mission from 5 Spanish speaking provinces with approximately 300 people. Participation was enthusiastic and many helpful comments and insights were contributed by people in all countries. Feedback from participants revealed they enjoyed this experience and could live this ICA in a prayerful ambiance and it was prepared with love. They promised to continue to pray for us for the next ICA’s as we ask you, too, to keep us in your prayer. We are now looking forward to ICA 3 with great energy and meeting participants from French speaking countries!more
IMANE FAROUK Province Leader Égypte - Soudan Sr. Imane has been appointed the Province Leader of Egypt-Sudan. The Chapter of the Province was held in Cairo, Egypt from August 10 to 15, 2020. Sr. Imane was born in Egypt on October 10, 1976. She made her first profession on December 14, 1998 and her perpetual profession on November 19, 2004 in Egypt. Sr. Imane holds a Bachelor of Letters "Sociology." She has other training courses including: Studies at the Institute of Theology; Training as a formator for 6 months in Rome; and Training for Accompaniment and Discernment for 3 months in France... more
ICA 1 was a rewarding experience for all participants, Sisters and Partners in Mission, as we prayed, shared insights and reflections and had an opportunity to meet virtually rather than face to face. While this last part was so different from past ICA’s, it allowed more participants to be involved. All experienced a deep sharing and prayerful moments as we listened to what our Shepherd is asking of us at this time and, together, we prepare for our 2021 Congregational Chapter. We are sharing with you the summary video of ICA 1 and hope you enjoy it.more
Part of a conversation with Sister Antoinette Assaf, responsible of St. Antoine Dispensary with L'Osservatore Romano "Earlier, I heard a small explosion. I was resting as I took a little break from work. Suddenly, a big roar. I live on the fifth floor of a building that houses the Saint-Antoine Dispensary in Beirut", an overcrowded and impoverished area where a mixed population of Christians and Muslims live. "Everything collapsed. Oh my God! What do I do? Objects and furniture fell on the floor. We started running. Are they bombing us? Why? Meanwhile I keep hearing more explosions, buildings... more