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Visitation in Nepal Region and in the Spanish Province

Sr. Prisca and Sr. Cecilia started Saturday 10 February 2018 on their journey to Nepal to visit all the communities of the Congregatio Jesu there and speak with all the sisters of the Region as the term of office of the present Regional Superior, Sr. Marilyn, is expiring. 
Also in the Spanish Province the term of office of the present Provincial, Sr. Pilar, comes to an end soon. Therefore Sr. Elena and Sr. Elisabeth left Rome on Friday 16 February to visit the communities in Spain. They will also have a conversation with each sister.  Our Complementary Norms require us to make detailed inquiries in the province before the appointment of a new provincial superior. 
(Text and photos/eka)

This news item expired on 19/04/2018.

CRAL and IBVM Peru - Workshop on Ongoing Formation.

From 10th January until 6th February the Workshop on Ongoing Formation, organised by the CJ Regional Conference for Latin America (CRAL) and the IBVM Peru Region, took place in Argentina.  Sisters Anna (IBVM Ireland, in Peru),  Deepa (IBVM India, in Peru),  Lavinia (CJ  Rumania,  in Cuba), Celia and Liliana (CJ Argentina), Eni, Terezinha and Virginia (CJ Brazil), Eloísa, Patricia, Ruth, Margarita and Carmen (CJ Chile), took part in the Workshop. Sr. Estela CJ was the facilitator, along with others experienced in this kind of psychological-spiritual workshop, which included seven days of Spiritual Exercises, to deepen all that had been experienced. 
The sisters write:  “We arrived with various feelings, some with more misgivings than others,and everyone with many expectations.  But everyone came ready to enter into the process of personal and group learning. We realised that we had all come with one desire for greater unity, closeness and friendship between us.”  The workshop was an opportunity for each person to grow more deeply, according to her own nature, to revisit her personal and congregational history from a holistic viewpoint. They felt themselves  “strengthened and encouraged by one another in generative listening, each one contributing from her own resources as a consecrated woman.”  The workshop also offered an opportunity to “connect with the culture of Argentina, and to visit the places associated with our Papa Francisco. The pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Luján gave us a sense of the spirituality of Argentinian people, and with that, the visits to the communities at San Andrés de Giles and Plátanos helped us to get to know the origins of the Congregation  in Argentina”. 
This is another experience of collaboration in the extended Mary Ward Family in this part of the world, and certainly a new foundation for the restructuring process which the CJ provinces in Latin America are beginning to live through.
Text : The sisters who took part, and EG. Photos: Liliana CJ
PHOTOS 1-2: Sharing experiences during the formation workshop.
PHOTO 3: The sisters who took part and Sr. Estela visiting Colegio Máximo de San José where Pope Francis lived when he was Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina.
PHOTO 4: Sharing with some sisters from Argentina in Plátanos.   

This news item expired on 15/04/2018.

Ground Breaking ceremony Mary Ward High School in Mbizo Kwekwe/Zimbabwe

The ground breaking ceremony of the much anticipated Mary Ward High school on 3 February 2018 set the ball rolling as the building of the school was to become a reality in Mbizo Kwekwe, Gweru Diocese. Bishop Bhasera of Masvingo diocese and the administrator of Gweru diocese the main celebrant, con-celebrated mass with Bishop Floro and Nyandoro of Gokwe diocese and number of priests from the deanery and parish. Among the congregates was the Mary Ward Sisters from all communities, Mary Ward Primary School staff and pupils, St Ignatius College staff and students, Mary Ward Friends, the local community and other well wishers. The event was adorned with the presence of dignitaries from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the Mayor of Kwekwe and the business fraternity. Speaker after speaker thanked and appreciated the immense contribution of the Mary Ward Sisters to the educational needs of the community and society at large. The District authority echoed his gratitude acknowledging the Mary Ward Sisters' response to the call of the Government to the Church that it support its initiatives to bring accessible education to all adding that the School was a great stride in catering for future generations. Government Stakeholders present pledged their support once more applauding the strong, vivid and holistic approach by the Church and the Sisters in our Schools in the molding of productive and critical minds the country needs for its future. 
(text and photos: CJ sisters in Zimbabwe) 

This news item expired on 13/04/2018.