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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.

News from the Children and Young People’s Centre, Mary of Peace House, Velbert Langenberg.

There are three new initiatives to widen the already broad spectrum of educational expertise offered in Mary of Peace House.
In Anchor-point House (blue flyer) children between the ages of 0-14 years can be received who do not have the help they need for healthy development in their home circumstances, or who have fallen into severe difficulties. The help offered provides respite from the situation causing acute crisis, a bridge in times of transition, and collaboration with all those involved to develop possibilities for the future.
The Special Needs Day-group (green flyer) is for children of school age who need help and support because, for example, they have learning-difficulties, cannot get on with others, are withdrawn, and their parents cannot see a way forward.   The aim of the Special Needs group is to accompany and support the whole family as it embarks on a learning-programme that relieves the burden and opens up and stabilises new ways of behaving.
Sheltered  accommodation for handicapped people (Yellow flyer).  For many years the Children and Young People’s Centre has provided help for young people on their way to adulthood.  Now this opportunity is open to (young) adults with disabilities. The aim and scope of the agreement is laid down in a care-contract   Great emphasis is given to ongoing accompaniment by a regular contact-person.

This news item expired on 30/06/2012.

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.