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Provincial and Regional Superiors‘ Conference, day 9 – 12

During the last four days we worked on different topics. One was a paper on Guidelines regarding desirable qualities of those to be elected as delegates to the General Congregation in 2020 and those who elect them. The discussion in groups about a paper which Jane prepared, was very fruitful. The additions from the groups will be incorporated in the final paper.
A lot of time was also given to the Meeting of the Regional Conferences: CRAL (Regional Conference of Latin America), COIN (Conference of India and Nepal) and ERC (European Regional Conference). An open question so far was how the Korean Province and the Zimbabwe Region will fit into this structure. This Conference has brought a change. COIN has invited Korea to join. They have already found a new name: KIN (Conference of Korea, India and Nepal) ERC has invited the Region of Zimbabwe to take part to future meetings. 
 
 
Another topic was „Renunciation of Property“. This is one way for a sister to express at Final Profession that she will find everything in her personal relationship with Christ and therefore renounces the right to have personal property. The question is still open to decide whether it should be mandatory to make a Renunciation of Property at the time of Final Vows or if it should be left up to the sister. These topics involved much groupwork and sharing in plenary sessions.
There was also the possibility to dance during this PRSC. Every afternoon, those who wanted, met outside in the garden to dance. We had dances from different parts of the world: Argentina, Burundi, Germany and others.
 
 
On Friday afternoon after the evaluation Jane ended the meeting officially. She pointed out, that this was the last PRSC during the term of office of the present Generalate. The next big meeting will be the General Congregation in Nemi in 2020.  
We started our meeting with the celebration of the Eucharist and we ended with the Eucharist to thank God for being with us these days.  
The last evening was a joy for us all with a lot of laughter and fun.  We said a big THANK YOU to our translators who were such a help to meet in groups across province boundaries.  We also said a big THANK YOU to the sisters of the Roman community who cared for us so well.   (text and photos/eka)
 
 
 
 
 

This news item expired on 06/05/2019.



Provincial and Regional Superiors’ meeting in Rome, day 7 and 8

On day 7 and 8 of the meeting we mainly focused on determining how our path between now and the General Congregation in 2020 can look like, how all meetings in provinces and regions can contribute to the GC and how we can involve the broader membership. Matthieu Daum gave us some very helpful guidelines. At the end of the day he had to leave us. We will continue to work on his inputs.

 
 

After morning prayer and overnight thoughts, we reflected on the Guidelines regarding desirable qualities of those to be elected as delegates to the General Congregation and of those who will elect them. It was a very fruitful morning. The contributions from the working groups will be incorporated into the working paper prepared by Jane. In the afternoon there was time for the Provincial and Regional Superiors to reflect and share about the main themes to prepare for GC 2020: impact of GC 2011, the world around us, data and life of the CJ today.   
 
 
 
This PRSC would not be possible without our translators who help us understand each other: Helena, Marilu and Estela were with us all day and translated during plenary sessions and group meetings.  
 
 
The same can be said about the sisters of the Roman community.  Every day they prepared the most delicious meals for us, did the washing, provided snacks for our breaks and enabled PRSC members to fully concentrate on their work.  (text and photos/eka) 
 
 

This news item expired on 01/05/2019.



Provincial and Regional Superiors’ meeting, day 5 and 6

On Friday, 21 February 2019, Helen Harrington was with us to present the Congregational Study which provides information about members, finances and property and makes projections for the next 15 to 20 years. This time we concentrated on finances. Her presentation gave us a first overview and made clear that more work is necessary so that this study can present the reality of the congregation at the General Congregation (GC) in 2020.  At the end of the day, Jane thanked her for all the work she has already done. We all will meet again for her final presentation at the GC in 2020.
 
 
 
 
On Saturday we continued working on the steps that need to be taken in preparation for the General Congregation. At first, we were a bit uncertain and hesitant. After further clarifications, the map of steps revealed dates of the Provincial Congregations in the different provinces and regions, suggestions as to a beginning date for the preparatory commission, all the way to the last piece of paper which referred to General Congregation in 2029. (Text and photos/eka)  
 
 

This news item expired on 27/04/2019.