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On February 25th Jolanta Kafka, our general superior and president of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), met with LCWR executive director Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ and visited with the LCWR staff at the headquarters of Silver Spring, MD. UISG provides a forum where the heads of institutes of women religious from around the world can share experiences, exchange information, and mentor one another in their role as leaders. Jolanta was elected UISG president in May 2019.
Seville, Spain. From February 21 to 23, 2020, members of the Claretian Family Coordinating Team gathered at the house of the Daughters of the Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary – Cordimarian Filiation (HICM) in Seville for their regular meeting.
The objectives and program of the weekend were announced after HICM General Directress and President of the Claretian Family, María del Mar Álvarez’s cordial welcome to those present during the meal time of the first day.
In the two remaining days, they shared and reviewed the measures taken during the last months, most especially on the intense preparation and dissemination of materials on the common Claretian Family charismatic traits. These materials are available in several languages on the www.familiaclaretiana.org website.
Likewise, they also started to discern the preparations for the X Claretian Family Encounter scheduled in the early days of December 2021 at the General Curia of the Missionary Sisters of St. Anthony Mary Claret in Londrina, Brazil. They hope to advance in the Claretian Family Mission-Vision in the said encounter.
Moreover, aside from discussing the 150th Death Anniversary of Claret, other common initiatives of the CF in the field of spirituality, education, and solidarity and mission were also placed on the table.
The Team appreciated the celebrations, fraternal moments. They were grateful for the exquisite welcome and the attention rendered by the host; for the stroll through the streets and city monuments with the festive Carnaval and springtime feel in the air; to the person of Constantino Rodriguez as he passes his task to Isabel Diaz, as the new Lay Claretians representative to the Team.
At the end of the meeting, with unanimous and deep gratitude, they all embraced each other and announced that Vic is the venue for the next meeting.
Priscilla, general prefect of the apostolic mission, participated in the meeting.
The Spanish and Portuguese speaking group of the Promoters of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Union of Superiors General of Men and Women Religious (UISG/USG) visited the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development on February 5th to introduce themselves and to receive from the Dicastery guidance and encouragement for their mission.
The Group, founded in 1998, brings together about 60 religious congregations and its members are all Promoters of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. The aim of the Group is to have a network for the exchange of ideas and reflections on the promotion of a social consciousness within the Congregations in order to arouse interest and work on projects on issues such as justice, human trafficking, peace and reconciliation, care for Creation and many others.
The meeting was attended by our sisters Petronille and Cristina.
This time of lent gives us once again the opportunity to focus our lives on the great Mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, with an always new and creative look.
Stopping at this gesture of love, carried to its ultimate consequences, leads us to feel compassion for the other, discovering the suffering face of Jesus presents “in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life, from that of the unborn to that of the elderly, and various forms of violence. They are likewise present in environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the earth’s goods, human trafficking in all its forms, and the unbridled thirst for profit, which is a form of idolatry”. (cf. Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2020)
With free and generous love let us continue to take steps on the path of conversion; a path that is always different, because in faith and love there is never a risk of repetition.
From the 10th to the 18th February, the General Prefect of the Apostolic Mission, Priscilla, and the General Prefect of Economics, Cristina, were in Congo, in Kinshasa, sharing with the sisters of the communities of Limete, Mpasa and Kimwenza. These were days of special fraternity, where accompaniment and collaboration were made effective in administrative and organisational matters at mission province level, in the management of social projects and in the immediate preparation of the missionary experience of summer 2020.