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Feast of St. Ignatius 2017 in Via Nomentana, Rome

The feast of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus, is a very special day for the Congregatio Jesu and the IBVM sisters.  Our foundress, Mary Ward understood in an insight given by God, that she should found her Institute according to the way of life of the Society of Jesus. In the evening of 31 July we, IBVM and CJ sisters together  celebrated the Eucharist presided over by Fr. Fratern Masawe SJ, General Councillor  of the Jesuit Curia in Rome.  It was a happy coincidence that 17 CJ-sisters from Korea were on a pilgrimage to Rome. They supported our Eucharistic Celebration with music and singing. Nora Eder, one of our students in our house played the violin at the end of the Eucharist.
After the Eucharist we all gathered for a barbecue in our garden. It wasn’t clear for the Korean CJ volunteers where to put the drinks and the food, so Cecilia and Elena guided them. For all of us it was a very good opportunity to meet each other and to share. Most of the Korean sister knew the members of  the CJ and IBVM Generalate Teams and the sisters of the roman community only from photos. It was a wonderful evening and we stayed on  for a long time together even when it was already dark. (Text and photos/eka)  

This news item expired on 03/10/2017.

Maria Ward Resource Workshop 2017

A second Mary Ward Resource Workshop was held from 06.07.2017 to 26.07.2017 at Allen Hall, Beaufort Street, London. It was well thought-out and effectively executed by the resource persons Sr. Magdalen O´Neill IBVM, Sr. Carmel Swords IBVM, Sr. Agnesa Jenčíková CJ, Sr. Patricia Harriss CJ and Sr. Ann Stafford CJ in York. There were 10 participants from seven countries, five each from IBVM and CJ.
It was indeed an intense journey covering the entire life of Mary Ward, starting with an introduction to the resource materials and historical background to her England. The journey continued as we were led into her spiritual influence and her early experience of the Church. Then we were acquainted with influential people in her life and her spiritual enlightenments. A deep insight into her retreat notes, growth and suppression of her Institute, the lemon juice letters, her death and the Painted Life made us reflect over the rich legacy handed over to us down the centuries. All these became relevant and even more meaningful to us as we breathed in the same air of her native land and visited various places in Yorkshire related to her life. It was also an occasion for all of us to get to know and interact with one another, to share our experiences as Mary Ward women from various continents.
(text: Manju Mathew CJ; photos: participants)

This news item expired on 26/09/2017.

“To Be or Not to Be ... a Saint"

This is the great question with reference to the Beatification and Canonization Process of Mary Ward, Foundress of the Congregatio Jesu and of the IBVM. Christine Burke, a Loreto Sister of Australian Province currently living with Korean and Chinese sisters in a  CJ-IBVM community in Manila in the Philippines has written an article advocating  the beatification and canonization of Mary Ward.
Christine has kindly given us permission to put it on the Homepage. You will find this article under the heading: Private area – Document and Talks
(Text and photo/eka)

This news item expired on 18/09/2017.