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This week focused on “Community and Communion for Mission” and was led by Sr. Mary Sujita SND. She began with a presentation on different styles and barriers to communication. The group was invited to reflect and share on blocks to effective communication in their community. Among points mentioned were a lack of listening, judgmental attitudes, blaming others and difficulties in direct communication. The group reflected cultural influences coming from the family of origin. It was only after Vatican II that congregations put more emphasis on cultural sensitivity and enculturation and the... more
On Friday evening the 10 th of August we were entertained by a wonderful display of international culture through song, dance and visual presentations. The following week, presentations on “ Congregational Culture and Beyond” were led by Honorine Yamba, SNDdeN, Josefina Tondo and Olga Soldevilla RGS. We heard how culture is learned, shared and practiced. Culture includes behavior, language, traditions, norms, social relations, emotions, values and beliefs. Our family socializes us into a particular culture. Through experiential exercises, participants reflected on understanding behaviors in... more
In her introduction to the vows, Sr. Camilla Burns SNDdeN, described them as the means to guide and focus our search for God. While the substance of the search for God is constant, in our rapidly changing world the expression is changing. We are shifting from a focus on individual holiness to deeper relationships with persons and the whole universe. Celibacy calls us to the very core of divine energy releasing and birthing in us the capacity for right relationships in community and at every level of creation. Celibacy engages us with greater depth in the critical relational questions of our... more
We began our week with the life journey of St. John Eudes toward the foundation of Our Lady of Charity. We were blessed to have Srs. Marie François Le Brizaut and Angela Fahy to guide us on this journey. We traced the main events of his life that led him to found our congregation. His experience of the great love of God was the energy that impelled him into action throughout his life. This deep love overflowed into a compassionate response particularly toward the outcast of his time. St. John Eudes saw everything in the great Heart of God and consecrated the congregation to the loving Hearts... more
Following on last week’s presentation on the Creation Story and the Principles of the Universe, we continued reflecting on and examining the roles of both science and religion with regard to the story of creation. Sr. Mary Ellen Sheehan IHM explained that there are three approaches as to how science and religion relate to each other: ● conflict and suspicion between science and religion ● Each discipline works separately disregarding the discoveries of each other. ● co-relating – in relationship and in dialogue, both enrich each other. This approach is more commonly experienced today. In that... more
This week we experienced our presenters, Monica Brown and Hilary Musgrave together with Sr. Brigid and Sr. Angela, creatively led us to reflect on the story of creation and the principles of the universe. With the help of music song and dance, we were invited to open our hearts and minds to the beauty of creation and to the wonder of our ever-expanding universe. We were gently led through a reflection on creation as told in Genesis and we recalled other creation stories and myths remembering that they hold a truth for us. We then moved, through video and song, to the amazing love story of God... more
Believers, open to the revelations springing forth from science and cosmology, affirm and celebrate that the Heart of God, source of Creation, is the Center and Force of the Universe. The Heartbeat of God infuses and penetrates all of Creation. Believers within a variety of faith traditions listen for God’s heartbeat in prayer, faith sharing, in conversations with spiritual companions, friends and colleagues. Bird songs, rustling leaves, rapid waves, whispering winds, and countless other murmuring sounds in nature proclaim the glory of God (Psalm 19). Listening for God’s Heartbeat includes... more
Led by Sr. Ellen Kelly carrying a lighted lantern, accompanied by Sr. Zelna on the drum, the participants processed from the garden to the meeting room, full of hope and expectancy, the strains of the gathering song “God Delights in You” (Monica Brown) echoing in their ears. The session had officially begun. The meeting room was colorfully decorated with a large heart at the centre, where each sister was invited to place a smaller heart expressing her blessings for the session. Participants come from 20 Units, more than 27 counties in all In her address to the group, Sr. Ellen recalled that... more
The hot topic on the minds of the Good Shepherd family is the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. border. Hundreds of "freedom warriors" from border states began rallying at the detention camps in Tornillo, Texas, in late June. Their aim has been to show the nation that people will not stand for the deportation force. The rallies have been in response to the deportation force's detention of over 1,500 minors. This is President Donald Trump's latest executive order. It allows for the separation of families across the country and increased interior enforcement... more
Greetings from the International Committees (IC)! The 3 International Committees (IC) met in Rome from 11-15 June for the 3 rd time. The goal of the meeting was to create a report and recommendations from the data gathered from the Conversation Circles of the 5 regions, regarding Community for mission, Formation and Full engagement of Partnership. We gratefully appreciate your support and commitment towards the implementation of the Conversation Circles with sisters and mission partners in your own Units. More detailed information will be shared with you in July by the International... more