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Pilgrimage to Danapur

On 15th April,2012, the sisters of the Provincial House and our novices along with Sr. Vimla, our Provincial, were in the Danapur church on a pilgrimage. This place is of great significance to us as it symbolizes the struggle of our pioneers, as the CJ took its roots in the Indian soil. The first batch of our pioneers from Germany arrived at Patna, India in 1853, followed by more members and novices. This time was also marked by India’s struggle for Independence from the British. As part of it, the Sepoys (the Indian Soldiers) called for a mutiny in 1857. The sisters, along with the orphans under their care, had to be moved to the safety of the Catholic Church at Danapur. After removing the Blessed Sacrament into the sacristy the church had been partitioned and placed at the service of the sisters and the orphans. Within two months, sickened through fear and anxiety and the intense heat of the summer, in the little windowless room behind the altar, Mother Josephine Lorenz and her novice Sr. Mathilde Koch, returned to the Lord for their eternal reward. Although we had been visiting this place, in the month of February, 2012, we renewed this little room placing the photographs of the events of the pioneering. On 15th April it was blessed during the Holy Mass and the
inspiring history of it was shared with the parishioners.

This news item expired on 30/06/2012.



Take leave with sorrow, celebrate with hope!

On 19th May there was a family day in Kecskemét, with a celebratory farewell-programme, which was an opportunity for thanksgiving, for leave-taking, and for a forward look at the future with the Piarists. Sr. Elisabeth Kampe, the member of the Generalate with responsibility for Hungary, took part in this event. In the morning there were greetings, a platform-discussion on ‘Past, present and future’, and a time for prayer, to thank God and our co-workers for all the good things that have happened, and to pray for the future. Throughout the day there were various interesting activities for the children: folk-dancing, handwork, pony-riding, painting the asphalt in the school playground, archery, presentations by our pupils. After a picnic together in the playground there was a surprise: three large cakes with the coats of arms of the two religious communities.
 
The greatest gift for the province leadership is that after a long period of crisis and searching, the future will be so well-secured.
 
  
 
  
 

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Invitation to a Mysticism of Open Eyes

On 11 February fifty sisters of the MEP, who are faced in their present situation with needs of every kind, met for a workshop on the Message of the General Congregation. The discussion was lively and enriching, and certainly Sr. Martha Zechmeister’s report on the extreme conditions in El Salvador, where she is working at the moment, was a highlight.
 
She emphasized that, wherever we may live, we make a very high demand on ourselves when we say that we want to be ‘courageous prophets’, who take the risk of challenging ‘the scandal of a world wounded by injustice.’  Quite seriously, it can bring us, in our ‘modest scope’ to our limits – in El Salvador such an attitude to life was extremely dangerous in recent decades.  But wherever we live, it is our task not to close our eyes before all the in justice that our world presents, and to seek collective answers in which we do something.
 
  

This news item expired on 30/06/2012.