New York City has always thought of itself as the Center of the universe. Well, here we are, 2020, the Epicenter of the USA COVID-19 pandemic! It causes a New Yorker to think. Living in this center, I am nevertheless at the margins since my age qualifies me as “non-essential” in the pandemic. My only job is to stay indoors and add no burden to the overrun health system. Ministry activities I was active in are now closed to me. In this situation I seek a center. My heart turns to those who staff our province programs, especially the residential sites since that has been my work for so many... more
April 24, 2020 St. Mary Euphrasia Feast Message of Sr. Ellen Kelly, Congregational Leader Dear Sisters and Partners in Mission, On this Feast of our Foundress, we pray and reflect on this woman, St. Mary Euphrasia who lived so long ago, but still is alive in us. She continues to guide us and challenge us to live our charism of merciful love. She was a true daughter of St. John Eudes and the spirituality of our Congregation is centered on the person of Christ with devotion to the Heart of Jesus and Mary. Mary Euphrasia saw the image of God in every person, no matter what their life had been... more
A time for being open and receptive I find a place that I like, I sit or I walk – I am aware of my body – I concentrate on my breathing – I place myself in an attitude of surrender – I welcome my feelings that emerge– the pandemic, the boundaries that close-in the sick – the fear to be contaminated – the lockdown…. I become aware of what is going on within me- my reactions to the situation – the radical change in my daily life. I name what is going on within me – my feelings that are (arising in me)running through me - my fears – my hopes – my expectations – my desires. I open myself … I... more
SR. MARY SUSAN FIGUEROA MONTANO Province Leader Province of Philippines/Japan Susan Montano was elected Province Leader of the Province of Philippines/Japan on 18 th March, 2020, during the Province Chapter held in Quezon City, Philippines, March 16 to 21, 2020. Her mandate will begin on June 29, 2020. Susan was born on the 16 th of December, 1951, in Manila. She made her perpetual profession on June 11, 1988, in her hometown in Tanza, Cavite. Having obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, Susan has had varied experiences in working with big... more
I saw a Man dress in white and tired in pouring rain and the cold wind climbing slowly towards the altar load of pain of suffering but also of hope. I saw a Man elderly limping take the many stairs with on his shoulders all the pain in the world. I saw a Man concentrated in his silence quivering in his prayer beg forgiveness of all sins of men and their Salvation. I saw a Man, man among men, rise above all and pray for everyone. I saw a Man say "nobody saves themselves" because we are not alone if we believe in God and in his Salvation. I saw a Man that, with all the other men in the world,... more
Dear Sisters and Partners in Mission, We celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation and reflect on a very young girl who had the courage to say “yes’ to a situation that risked her life. We know the story and the impact that Mary has had on our faith and others for centuries. How many countries turned to Mary in times of war, plague and famine? We too look to her. Now our world, our planet is in a moment of darkness as we hear each day how many more have died or now infected. We can turn to Mary and also to many who have gone before us and have lived the dark night of the soul. This pandemic is... more
We are happy to share with you this message comes from Catania: Thank you to Sr. Anna for bringing us messages from both the Congregational Leadership Team and Sister Angela and the Provincial Here, in the missions of Catania and Acireale, we are living an experience that none of us has ever previously encountered. On Monday 9 March, we activated the state of emergency to protect our 186 Unaccompanied Foreign Minors, Adults and Women with Children as well as our 60 Italian minors who are guests in our six Residential Child Care Facilities. Fortunately, no one in these groups has contracted... more
Transformative Communities Series: Generative Designers of the Future “ To live you must choose, to live you must encounter, to grow you must suffer.” --Viktor Frankl [1] The world is dancing between rapid societal breakthroughs in all sectors and extreme polarization. Society has entered a process of redefining cultural assumptions while simultaneously, issues like environmental catastrophes of all varieties, and economic destabilization are impacting migration within countries and beyond traditional borders. These fluctuations are asking transformative communities to define their role with... more
SISTER ANGELA RICCI Province Leader of Italia/Malta Sister Angela Ricci was appointed as Province Leader of the Province of Italia/Malta, for a second term of three years. The Chapter was held in Rome, from 14th to 21st February 2020. Sister Angela made her Perpetual Profession on 13th January 1980. She holds a Diploma as Educator, and a diploma in Apostolic and Pastoral Care. She has been involved in residential ministry for trafficked women, in partnership with Caritas Ambrosiana. She worked as an Educator and Director of Programs for children and teenagers in vulnerable situations, and in... more
ALFONSA SUDARYANTI PROVINCE LEADER PROVINCE OF INDONESIA Alfonsa Sudaryanti was elected Province Leader of the Province of Indonesia on the 5 th February 2020. Her mandate will begin on the 24 April 2020. The Province Chapter was held at Syantikara, Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 02 to 08 February 2020. Alfonsa was born on the 1 st of August 1961 in Yogyakarta and entered the Congregation in Jakarta in 1985. She made her Perpetual Profession in 1995. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Language. Since 1996 Alfonsa was actively involved in formation ministry and accompanying women in the... more