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Advent reflections

We are very happy to invite anyone visiting our website to participate in some reflections for the season of Advent.  They have been created by Anne Muirhead, who works with the IBVM Loreto sisters in Australia.  The contributors of the reflections are a mixture of Mary Ward (IBVM and CJ) sisters in different parts of the world.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very blessed Advent and preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas.

This news item expired on 03/02/2019.

Visit of Sister Jane Livesey to the IBVM/CJ joint house of studies in Manila

From 6 to 12 November Sister Jane visited the CJ/IBVM joint house of studies and community in Manila.  The numbers in the community vary but at present it is composed of six CJs, all from Korea, and two IBVMs, one from the US and one from Australia.  All but three of the community are studying at various theological institutions.  Two other sisters of the Korean province are missioned in Manila but live elsewhere at present - Sister Mina is currently in charge of the small after school centre in a nearby very deprived neighbourhood and Sister Hyacintha is currently studying the local language, Tagalog, in preparation for taking over from Sister Mina.
As well as having individual conversations with each of the sisters, Sister Jane was also able to visit the after school centre and meet the children.  She also visited the nearby international IBVM novitiate, the East Asia Pastoral Institute run by the Jesuits, and a community project run by another religious congregation in a shanty town built around an enormous rubbish dump on the other side of Manila. Conditions here were very shocking and the lives of the people very hard, but their resilience and cheerfulness make a deep impression.  As always, both in that project and in our small after school centre it was encouraging and uplifting to know that religious sisters from all over the world are playing their part in being alongside the poorest of the poor.
Children at the after school centre with the sisters
A street in the shanty town
An alleyway in the neighbourhood of the after school centre
The members of the joint community in Manila
The joint community, together with the IBVM noviciate members 

This news item expired on 30/01/2019.

Generalate – Slovak Province

On 1 December 2018, Sr Agnesa Jenčíková CJ will begin her mission as the new Provincial Superior of the Slovak Province as Sr Helenka Bugošová CJ finishes her term of office.
The sisters of the Generalate wish Sr. Agnesa all the best in the coming six years and pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit so that she will be able to lead her province in love and discernment. We assure her of our prayer and support as she begins her new mission. (text and photo/eka)

This news item expired on 29/01/2019.