Province of East Asia. María Cristina Ruberte, General Treasurer is giving formation for Treasurers of communities about the use of the new Manual of Administration, recently elaborated by the General Council of Economy.
The first meeting was held in Takatsuki, Japan, for the sisters of Japan and Korea, from 19 to 22 April. The second, in Quezon City, Philippines, for the Bursars of Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor and Vietnam, from 24 to 28. In Takatuki, we participated in 6 sisters and in Quezon City, 16.
There we participating Treasurers with already have several years of experience, and others more young in Quezon City that have been recently assigned, some of them for the first time, to perform the service of treasurers in community.
We thank Cristina for her generosity, to give us her time in this moment of preparation for the General Chapter.
In the Light of the Resurrection of Christ the Pre-Chapter Commission meets in Calandrelli (from the 18 to the 25 of April).
On the one hand the objective is to collect the abundant evaluative material, organize it and articulate it to "return it" to the Congregation. On the other hand, prepare the contributions of projection of the Entities and Communities, as an instrument for the discernment of the XVII General Chapter.
Participating are: Maria Luisa Garcia, Petronille Mudungidibmu, Tania Svoboda, Geraldine Sasirekah, Ascension Redondo and Jolanta Kafka. They began motivated by the words of Maria Soledad Galerón, Superior General who encouraged that in congregational fidelity and with a global perspective we may live these days from the Encounter with the Risen Christ, with the sisters and with our mission.
Our prayer for the Chapter these days may keep in mind this delicate but exciting work on the way to the upcoming Chapter.
The "memory of Jesus" has been the nucleus around which the first Christian communities have been constituted and it has always been the beginning of their renewal. That’s why each community can say: we have been gathered by the living memory of Christ and to return to this Memory it renews us: our life of faith.
The "remembering" - as in the whole Bible - is not understood as a mere return to the past. "Making memory" has a more bouncing dynamism; it departs of something that has happened, but brings it to the present and makes alive, resituating it in the “now” as a power that moves to the future. In this way there were celebrated all the festivals of Israel related to the Covenant; In this same climate and meaning Jesus had the last supper and invited the disciples to do the same "in his memory": a new Covenant - a new memorial. Jesus, however, does not ask only to repeat a gesture, nor to remember it with nostalgia, but to revive in an ever new way ... the unconditional surrender of Jesus to the Father; this was His whole life about. (See EG13)
To return to the "memory of Jesus" is the way of renewal of the Church and the consecrated life. It is the "good news": Jesus of Easter, the center of our life and our evangelizing mission. The history of the Church is full of steps and examples of saints who have given a renewing impulse to return to Jesus, his Spouse and his Gospel. This was how Mother Antonia Paris lived and experienced in Christ an enormous riches that “made her understand everything”, that explained her the meaning of everything, finding in Him the strength for everything and a burning with the desire to announce Him to all ... following in his footsteps.
Let us experience these days this Memorial with joy and deep sense of His spirit. HAPPY EASTER!