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The long awaited mission in Mallavi came to a reality on the 26th of July 2020.
Mallavi is a place situated in the northern Sri Lanka belonging to the Diocese of Jaffna. This is a place highly affected by last ethnic war in 2009. Every family have their stories of the lost of their loved ones, being handicapped or mentally affected, loosing belongings etc. Up today the scars and wounds of the war are unhealed. It’s also a poverty stricken area. After 11 years of war people are rising little by little towards a better future. Healing with empathy and with the love of Christ it is a very special call and ministry needed here.
Sisters Resilda Edwin, Roshani Fernando and Jeyanayagi Sebamalai, who begin this missionary experience, accompanied by Geraldine Eusabius began sowing the Claretian charism in Mallavi soil. The sisters will prioritize their mission in the two areas of the hostel of the girls and parish pastoral ministry.
We were heartily welcomed by hostel staff, students and then by the parish community led by the Claretian parish priest. Expected ministries from us are: hostel guidance and education support for theirs life and studies; counselling to the hostel students. Parish Catechism, Choir, youth ministry, including ministry with children and elderly, family ministry.
As the surrounding is vastly populated by Hindu faithful there is a challenge of interreligious prudent dialogue. The Catholic population is about 143 families with 9 sub churches. It’s a reality to preach Christ without mentioning the name of Christ. Announc9ing by deed without proselytizing. We wish to spread the loving presence of Christ through our witnessing life of our religious consecration.
We hope and believe that our call to set the fire of love among the people will bring the blessings of our Lord. May God continue to bless our mission.
United Nations’ virtual seminar on ‘Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’ was held on 21st July from the UN headquarters, New York. It was well attended virtually by participants across the globe with interactive panel discussions. This was a relevant topic which we are grappling at any time in the modern world. The main focus was to bring awareness, encourage and to promote gender equality and women empowerment.
Women are been denied equality in social and public services, education field, family life, political, economic, ethnic, and cultural life. Women have the capacity and resources to take leadership roles but they are denied in all walks of life. Women are sensitive; this sensitivity helps to manage not only domestic work but also in other bigger strata of the society. We have to bring to all people the awareness and let the future generation know that what we do today will be a foundation for gender equality of tomorrow.
One of the recent posts in the social media is that Germany, New Zeland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Taiwan have managed better the Covid-19 situation than any other countries: they are all women leaders. Does this not give us enough proof and inspire us to encourage, speak, understand and promote gender equality and women empowerment?
Participating in this seminar made me more aware of our universal mission commitments in this field.
As we have announced, to sustain the rhythm of the work of the sisters who are studying the Interculturality Seminary and illuminate the Congregational experience, the workshop on the paths from multiculturalism to interculturality has been held. The basic concepts from the reality and contextualized theology have been presented.
Clues have been given for the deepening of the topics that are being worked on by the sisters. Starting from the importance of the knowledge of the own culture and of the context in which the Founders lived, to arrive at a proposal of synthesis between some of the values of the culture which we come from or carry out the mission and the chosen characteristics of the charism.
Our sister Ondina (Chiqui) Cortes, has animated the meeting in which almost 50 sisters participated and the session was recorded and it is available on our YouTube channel: CLARETIANAS RMI. https://youtu.be/MPiyH5xLYwQ
The next workshop will be in September and we are already looking forward to hosting the fruits of the work in the face-to-face seminar, postponed to April 2021. Trusting in God it can be done.
On July 11, 2020, a meeting of the prefects of the apostolate was held with one or two members of each Entity, lay or sisters, engaged in different areas of the apostolate.
The objective of the meeting was to gather and celebrate teamwork from an international dimension, delve into the possibility of actively participating in the world event of the Global Educational Pact and share with creativity on the revitalization of the missionary month this year of the centenary of the Union of the Institute and the Jubilee of the Earth.
With this meeting, another forum for collaborative work has been opened, which we hope will lead to concrete initiatives and activities at the Congregational level and in all areas of evangelization.
Happy day of the Constitutions! They contain in themselves an inspiration, that of the Gospel and of the charism and a process of more than 160 years of dialogue with the signs of the times.
Almost 100 years ago, after the unification of the Institute, the Superior General Maria Luisa Lloret, in 1922 communicated the approval of the Constitutions with these words. "The constitutions ... must consolidate the work of our union and must produce within the Institute a great force of fecundity and expansion."
A beautiful phrase, written so many years ago, when the memory of those who knew the Mother Foundress was still alive, it has not lost its relevance. We wish each other a happy day and a happy mission to continue consolidating our union and take care of its fruitfulness.