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Visitation in the Chilean Province

The visitation in the Chilean province took place from 16 to 29 September.  Chile is a country of geographical, climatic and also social contrasts. The Cordillera de los Andes is the geological  backbone of the longest and narrowest country in the world. The first German Sisters of the CJ arrived in 1934 in Antofagasta, a city in the north of the country, where the Atacama desert extends - the most arid in the world.
Sisters Jane Livesey and Elena Gatica, accompanied by Sr. M. Helena Gabai CJ as translator, visited the seven apostolic communities of the province: Santiago-Macul (Provincial House, Bethany, house for the elderly / sick sisters, and a school), Santiago-La Florida (filiation), San Carlos (school) , Chillán (school), San Ignacio (Polytechnic), San Fabián (parish pastoral) and Antofagasta (school).
In addition to the personal conversations with the sisters and a community meeting in each place, they had the opportunity to share with some of the lay staff who collaborate in the educational mission in each of the five schools, the main ministry of the province. In San Fabián de Alico, they also shared with the sewing workshop for local women who are advised by one of the sisters. The visitation ended in the meeting with Sr. Marité, the Provincial superior, and the members of her Council.
On 30 September, Sisters Jane and Elena met with the three Provincials of the Regional Conference of Latin America (CRAL), Sisters Silvia, M. Helena and Marité, to establish some steps towards the process of reconfiguring the three provinces.
(Text: EG; Photos: EG and Sr. Paula)
 
 
Photo 1: Sr. Jane gives a blessing to Sr. Flor Maria in the Betania House.
Photo 2: Meeting with laity in San Ignacio
Photo 3: Meeting with the women's workshop in San Fabián.
Photo 4: Sisters Jane and Elena with the Provincials of Latin America

This news item will expire on 06/01/2018.



SOLWODI Romania celebrates the official opening of its new Counselling and Education Centre in Bucharest.

After 8 years of hope and hard work, on the 23rd of October 2017, Solwodi Romania had the privilege of celebrating the official opening of its new Counselling and Education Centre in Bucharest, for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
It has been a long road to get here, and we are most grateful to our sponsors who not only made this possible, but allowed us to think big and dare to believe God’s mission shared in our heart is possible. When I started this mission in 2009, with a ’dream,’ a poor understanding of it and €1,500, I felt like the apostles as they stood next to Jesus, in front of many people, who were hungry, and they only had three loaves and two fish. As with the apostles, Jesus gave me the basket to share, without my realising the huge amount of work that had to be done but only giving time, energy, prayers, compassion and care with trust.  I am one of His companions. 
Since then, the project has grown bigger, in ways that I did not anticipate at first. Our first counselling venue was in a basement, and the first sponsors we met wanted to finance a shelter, so we had a shelter. Then responding to women’s needs lead us to the next step of our journey as we opened the transitional living program. It was only after all services for women were covered, that we have a proper, welcoming counselling centre as well as space for our offices. 
I always say I don’t have dreams to dream how this is going to develop, because I know it has developed and it will develop by putting our trust in the Lord and in the generative listening of people God places in our lives. In this context I find our mission reflected in Saint Irenaeus’ words: “The glory of God is the human person fully alive.” A life away from abuse, violence, slavery, a life filled with all the fullness of God.
Mary Ward said more than 400 years ago: ”Women in time to come, will do much”. We are these women now and we work tirelessly for a world where women take their place in family, Church and society. 
(Text and photos Sr. Adina) 
 
 
 

This news item will expire on 02/01/2018.



New tasks for the CJ Korean Province.

Since the Korean Province was founded in 1964 the sisters have been involved in pastoral work in towns. For two years, however, they have also been working in the out-stations of Hoengseom, a pilgrimage-centre far away in the mountains in the north of South Korea. They visit the Christians in the little settlements amidst the rice and ginseng-fields, take Communion to the sick, prepare children to receive the sacraments, lead prayer-groups, offer spiritual direction and take care of the church and of services. 
 
 
The special thing about this place is that in the 19th century it was a refuge for many Christians who had to flee from persecution and certain death. The pilgrimage-church was built in 1888 by a Franciscan missionary. In the old school nearby, Sr. Teresa has opened a café and a library. Pilgrims are very glad to come here and talk with the sisters, and receive help on their spiritual path.
 
 

This news item will expire on 23/12/2017.