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Crib and Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square.

The crib this year is unusual. It shows 20 life-size figures in terracotta, symbolising the works of mercy: feeing the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and prisoners, welcoming strangers and the homeless. The Holy Family is among all these people in need of help; it could easily be overlooked. 
The 2017 crib is embedded in the needs of the world. It is an invitation not to stay with the Christmas idyll, but to be merciful as God, who takes to himself the poor and needy,  is merciful: ‚Whatever you do for the least of my brothers,  you do for me.‘  Mt 25,40    
The Three Kings have already come, and are part of the picture. But the Christ Child is still hidden, not yet to be seen.
This year the Christmas tree comes from Poland. The diocese of Elk in North Poland  gave the 28-metre Norwegian spruce, and the decorations come from children with cancer, who are supported by a charity. Children from the earthquake area in mid-Italy stand beside them. 

This news item will expire on 18/02/2018.

Visitation in the Korean province.

From  12th October until 1st  December 2017 Sr. Cecilia Yeom CJ, who is the General Assistant with responsibility for the Korean Province, and Sr. Elisabeth Kampe CJ , were in Korea. In September 2018 the present Provincial’s term of office comes to an end, and the Constitutions require the generalate to form a comprehensive picture of the province, in order to make a good decision on who should be the next Provincial.
Sr. Cecilia and Sr. Elisabeth had many conversations, and visited many institutions in which the 241 sisters in the province are working. In Daejeon they run a centre for adult formation, a primary school and a grammar-school with about 1500 pupils. In Iksan there is a hospital, with a hospice, care-home and day-centre for senior citizens. About 40 sisters work in parishes all over Korea. Some individual sisters work abroad, in Korean communities in Germany, for example. As the conclusion of the visit to each community there was a meeting, at which the future of the Congregatio Jesu was discussed.  Mary Ward originally wanted to enter a convent and live cut off from the world, but God called her to ‚something other‘: to a life of service for others, in the world. What does that mean, concretely, for us today? (Text and photos: Cecilia and Elisabeth)
Photo 1: Sisters in the out-stations of a parish, with Srs. Cecilia und Elisabeth (2. + 3.from right)
Photo 2: Headmistress of the primary school in Daejeon with a portrait painted by a pupil. 
Photo 3: Hospice team in Iksan
Photo 4: Some sisters from the community in Hyehwa/Seoul
Photo 5: Supper with the community in Boeun
Photo 6: Sharing during the meeting at the end of the visitation 

This news item will expire on 14/02/2018.

Visitation in the Patna Province/India

The consultation visitation of the Patna Province began on 14 October and concluded on 15 November 2017. This new process of one to one conversation with each member, after the written consultation responses were sent back to the Province for prayerful study and discussion, proved a very helpful part of the discernment process before appointing a new Provincial Superior, when the term of office of Sister Vimla Plammoottil as Provincial Superior comes to an end in February 2018.  Sisters Jane and Prisca met 121 members of the Patna Province, which spreads widely across the North and North East of India, in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim. St. Joseph’s convent, Bankipore, Patna is the first foundation of the CJ (1853) in India.  The Patna Province comprises many cultures and languages, and some of the communities are distant from each other, demanding some long travels. Jane and Prisca could not visit the community in Singala because of the” fallout” of the earlier Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling and Singala. The sisters of Singala community came to Sikkim and they were met in our community in Namchi (South Sikkim). The Patna Province has a variety of ministries including education, health, social action and pastoral work. The Province gave a very warm and affectionate welcome to Jane and Prisca in all the communities. The community in Lohardaga, near Ranchi, is the most recent foundation. The consultation visitation concluded with the meeting with Sr. Vimla and her Provincial Team on 15 November. 16 November was solely devoted to sessions with the three Provincial and two Regional Superiors - Sr. Vimla (Patna Province), Sr. Pratima (Delhi Province), Sr. Roshni (Allahabad Province), Sr. Alma (Bangalore Region) and Sr. Marilyn (Nepal Region) of COIN (Conference of India and Nepal).
(Text: Prisca CJ; Fotos: CJ sisters in Patna Province)
No 1 Srs. Jane and Prisca with children of Namchi Kindergarten
No 2 Dance by the students of St. Joseph’s School in Patna
No 3 Srs. Jane and Prisca receiving cards made by the children of St. Joseph’s School in Patna
No 4 Girls from Lohardaga hostel presenting a flower dance

This news item will expire on 07/02/2018.