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CJ and IBVM leadership teams met in the CJ Generalate, Via Nomentana 250

It is already now a long tradition, that the leadership teams of CJ and IBVM meet twice or three times a year. Since there are many areas of collaboration, practical decisions have to be made as to who takes responsibility for what and how they will be followed up in the future.  
On Monday 2 March 2020, we met again. We shared the results of the questions regarding possible union of both branches. As the feedback by almost all the sisters of both branches was very positive, we will continue walking the path towards union. First thoughts were shared and discussed and some concrete steps will be put in place in the near future.
As always, it was a very good and enjoyable meeting culminating in a delicious dinner together at the end. This time we were a big group as the Roman community joined us as did the six resident sisters who are participating in the UISG course for formators until the end of June.  At the end of our dinner, after having sung grace we came together in a circle and sang: “Bind us together Lord…with cords,that cannot be broken…” It is, so to speak, the song, which has been and will be the hymn towards union.  
(text: Elisabeth; photos: Františka)

This news item will expire on 06/05/2020.

Season of Lent

Today we begin the season of Lent.  It is a season – and an invitation – to deepen our prayer and to come closer to Our Lord in preparation for the great joy of the Resurrection at Easter.  Pope Francis gives us some concrete examples of that invitation for our daily lives during these weeks of Lent.

This news item will expire on 26/04/2020.

New secondary school in Mbizo / Zimbabwe

The Congregatio Jesu has been running a primary school in Mbizo / Zimbabwe for 20 years. 1,150 girls and boys currently attend it. The CJ sisters of the Zimbabwe Region have long wanted to open a Mary Ward secondary school to ensure the continuity of education up to the age of 18. The sisters received state approval for this two years ago. The second photo shows the start of the construction work in autumn 2018. It will be built in three phases, each for 240 pupils.The first phase of construction was completed in early February 2020. The inauguration of this phase of the building took place in the presence of the General Superior, Jane Livesey CJ, and the Provincial Superior of England, Frances Orchard CJ, besides  other CJ sisters, parents and well-wishers. It was a pleasure for everyone involved to admire the pupils' workbooks and to chat with them about the fact that they are the pioneers of a new school. At the end of the opening ceremony, four trees were planted. The morning ended with a solemn thanksgiving Mass in the hall of the primary school in Mbizo. (Text: Elisabeth CJ/Gonzaga CJ; photos by CJ sisters in Zimbabwe)

This news item will expire on 02/05/2020.