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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD As we began our last week, we welcomed Marco Casavecchia from GSIF in Rome who is the director of capacity development. Marco introduced a self-directed learning process to help the participants continue their learning after they return home. The group practiced the use of the template Marco presented and were helped to work through questions raised. The participants also reflected on a process of sharing with their formator or contact person. It calls for a review of the 8 weeks spent in Angers, challenging them to look at how they experienced this time at a deep... more
The RIMOA - EUROPE Regional Formation Core Team met in Johannesburg- South Africa from the 16 – 21 st August 2018. One person from 6 RIMOA Units ( Angola- Mozambique, ECAP, Isles, Lebanon -Syria, Egypt-Sudan and South Africa) representing their formation teams and the Europe representative for formation participated. A representative from the RIMOA leaders and our RIMOA link Councilor were also present. As several new sisters joined the team this year it was important to review the history of the RIMOA - EUROPE Regional Formation Core Team and to situate it within the Congregational structure... more
This week, presented by Clare Nolan RGS focused on “Development of Mission in a Global Context.” Global trends presented were: The changing face of poverty Social mobility and migration Globalization Access to financial resources for ministry becoming more competitive A move toward policies that exclude which impact on economic and social realities A search for the Spiritual and a move away from institutional religion Commodification of human beings Human rights Increase in Grass Roots empowerment movements. The participants, as members of our congregation, were asked to share on “What is... more
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