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Meeting of the CJ and IBVM Generalate teams in Casa Loreto, Via Massaua

As the lockdown in Italy is now lifted, the two Generalate teams of the CJ and IBVM could finally meet together again on 22 June. We discussed the usual topics such as the House of Prayer, the design of the booklet for Mary Ward Week 2021 and the Mary Ward Summer School, planned for 2021, which is now postponed until 2022. 
A special highlight of this meeting was the participation of Sr Adina Balan CJ (third from left, back row) and Sr Pauline Macharia IBVM (first from right, front row). Since the beginning of this year, they have been our joint JPIC (Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation) coordinators for the two branches and are fully committed to raising JPIC awareness and the need to work for JPIC.  Their first initiative was to invite all those from both branches who were interested, to a webinar to celebrate the fifth anniversary of “Laudato Si’”.  The webinar took place on different days in both English and Spanish and was very well attended in both languages, with over 100 members at each of the two webinars. They have also made personal contact, via online meetings, with almost all the JPIC Animators in the Provinces and Regions of both branches and begun to explore the framework for the collaboration with the two sisters at the UN in New York: Janet Palafox IBVM and Cynthia Matthew CJ. On behalf of both teams, Jane and Noelle thanked both of them very much for the excellent start to their mission and wished them all the best for the future. As usual, the meeting ended with dinner together.   

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June 15th 2020
The Mary Ward family, the Congregation of Jesus (CJ) and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) join in prayer with the families and friends of victims of cruel and senseless killings.
We stand in solidarity with all those who have raised their voices against the injustice perpetrated on many in racially-motivated attacks. The deaths of George Floyd, 46 (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Ahmaud Arbery, 25 (Brunswick, Georgia) and Breonna Taylor, 26 (Louisville, Kentucky) are painful reminders in the recent past of senseless and irresponsible behaviour and attitudes in persons who should be trusted to keep the peace.
St. Irenaeus says: “The Glory of God is a human person fully alive” and we, the Mary Ward Family, work for the Glory of God and believe that all lives are sacred, irrespective of colour, race, creed, political affiliation, gender, or social status.
We commit to pray constantly: 
· For comfort and justice for all victims of racial discrimination, violence and injustice, and for their families
· For an end to racism and all the injustices that come with it
· To identify any tendencies, conscious and unconscious, in ourselves that could promote racism
· For the inclusion of everyone. Venerable Mary Ward, our Foundress, taught us that ‘God is rich enough for us all’
· To promote the dignity of each human person.

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Pentecost Mass in Via Nomentana 250

On Sunday 31 May, together with the whole Church, we celebrated the feast of Pentecost.  In song and prayer, we invited the Holy Spirit to come to us, as on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem after the resurrection of the Lord. On this occasion Selvi IBVM, one of those on the “UISG Formation of Formators course” here in Rome, gave us a picture that she had painted when she was working as a teacher with Aboriginal children in a very remote area of Australia. The title of the picture is “The Spirit Song”.

Selvi used for her drawing the special Aboriginal art form, which consists of many dots.  In the middle, we can find the Holy Spirit, the giver of life surrounded by some wells. The arms leading out of the picture stand for our life’s journey. There are animals everywhere in this picture as well. Animals are very important for the Aboriginal people. They feel very close to the land. For them, the land on which they live is God’s land. They treat the land with respect and gratitude, realising that it is a great gift given to them. We are very grateful that Selvi shared her artistic creation with us.


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