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Members of the Generalate on Consultation visitations

The General Leadership Team finds itself in an exceptional situation this autumn, because four Consultation visitations have to be carried out, both back to back and one after the other. The term of office of three Provincials and one Regional Superior will end over the next few months. According to our Complementary Norms we need to get an overview of the Province/Region and consult all the sisters on finding suitable persons, capable of leading the Province/Region into the future, as a help towards discernment according to our manner of proceeding.
Prisca and Elisabeth are the first to start their journey to the Bangalore Region on Friday, 8 September.   Jane and Elena will leave for Chile a week later and will remain in the province until 30 September.  They will then visit the CJ mission in San Salvador until 4 October. From 11 October until 17 November, Jane and Prisca will visit the Patna Province, while Cecilia and Elisabeth will be in the Korean province. By 2 December all will be back again in Rome.
We hope that everything goes well everywhere, that the flights will be punctual, our conversations helpful, and that no mosquitos disturb!  (Text and Photos/eka) 

This news item expired on 11/11/2017.

Meeting of Loreto Sisters (IBVM) in our house in Via Nomentana

“CO-CREATING OUR WAY” is the topic of the Loreto meeting. From 1 to 8 September 2017 the General Team together with six sisters from different countries (Mauritius, Kenya, Vietnam, India, Ireland and United States) and their facilitator met to co-create a process that reflects new models of leadership while remaining faithful to the Ignatian charism of the IBVM. All IBVM members will be engaged in this process of creative conversations and reflection, hoping that this will lead them to a period of implementation of new ways forward by the end of 2019. This is the first of the five phases over the next two years. We, the CJ sisters, are very happy to provide accommodation for this meeting.  
(text and photos/eka)   

This news item expired on 07/11/2017.

Liturgy of incorporation of the CJ Hungarian Province into the Middle European Province (MEP)

On Saturday 2 September at the community house in Zugliget all the members of the CJ Hungarian Province, together with lay colleagues and friends and representatives from the MEP (Sister Sabine, the Provincial Superior, and Sisters Veronica and Irene), together with Sister Jane, came together to mark the incorporation of the Hungarian Province into the Middle European Province. Sadly, Sisters Elisabeth and Elena from the Generalate, who had accompanied the Hungarian members in the discernment process regarding their future, were unable to attend as a violent thunderstorm in Rome the previous day had resulted in the cancellation of their plane.
The occasion was a Liturgy of the Word, prepared by Sister Judit, the outgoing Provincial of the Hungarian Province. It was based on St Paul's reminder to the Romans that, though there are many members, all belong to the one Body and should put their various gifts at the service of the Body.
During the service, the rich history of the Hungarian Province, especially in the apostolate of education, was acknowledged and honoured. Sister Judit also recalled the nine years of her term of office and spoke of her gratitude to both sisters and lay colleagues for all their efforts, especially on the face of some demanding challenges.
All were encouraged to continue using their gifts in God's service in the future, as they have done until now. Sister Jane said that the generosity of both the Hungarian members in taking this courageous step into the future and the generosity of the MEP in welcoming the Hungarian members with open arms and open hearts, were in themselves the kind of gifts to which St Paul was referring. Sister Sabine suggested that the incorporation process was prophetically counter to the prevailing increase in isolationism in Europe and the wider world.
During the service, Sisters Veronica from the MEP and Viktoria and Brigitta of the Hungarian province were given their new missions in relation to the care of the Hungarian members and the houses and works in Hungary. Sister Veronica will be the bridge between the Hungarian members and the MEP leadership.
The liturgy was full of gratitude and very moving, and afterwards all came together for some very traditional Hungarian coffee, cake and ice cream. (text: Jane; photos: Attila)

This news item expired on 05/11/2017.