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Provincial and Regional Superiors’ meeting in Rome, day 7 and 8

On day 7 and 8 of the meeting we mainly focused on determining how our path between now and the General Congregation in 2020 can look like, how all meetings in provinces and regions can contribute to the GC and how we can involve the broader membership. Matthieu Daum gave us some very helpful guidelines. At the end of the day he had to leave us. We will continue to work on his inputs.


After morning prayer and overnight thoughts, we reflected on the Guidelines regarding desirable qualities of those to be elected as delegates to the General Congregation and of those who will elect them. It was a very fruitful morning. The contributions from the working groups will be incorporated into the working paper prepared by Jane. In the afternoon there was time for the Provincial and Regional Superiors to reflect and share about the main themes to prepare for GC 2020: impact of GC 2011, the world around us, data and life of the CJ today.   
This PRSC would not be possible without our translators who help us understand each other: Helena, Marilu and Estela were with us all day and translated during plenary sessions and group meetings.  
The same can be said about the sisters of the Roman community.  Every day they prepared the most delicious meals for us, did the washing, provided snacks for our breaks and enabled PRSC members to fully concentrate on their work.  (text and photos/eka) 

This news item expired on 01/05/2019.

Provincial and Regional Superiors’ meeting, day 5 and 6

On Friday, 21 February 2019, Helen Harrington was with us to present the Congregational Study which provides information about members, finances and property and makes projections for the next 15 to 20 years. This time we concentrated on finances. Her presentation gave us a first overview and made clear that more work is necessary so that this study can present the reality of the congregation at the General Congregation (GC) in 2020.  At the end of the day, Jane thanked her for all the work she has already done. We all will meet again for her final presentation at the GC in 2020.
On Saturday we continued working on the steps that need to be taken in preparation for the General Congregation. At first, we were a bit uncertain and hesitant. After further clarifications, the map of steps revealed dates of the Provincial Congregations in the different provinces and regions, suggestions as to a beginning date for the preparatory commission, all the way to the last piece of paper which referred to General Congregation in 2029. (Text and photos/eka)  

This news item expired on 27/04/2019.

Meeting of all the Provincial and Regional Superiors of the CJ in Rome

After two days of intense work on the topic on hand, we had an outing and visited places connected to our Foundress Mary Ward and Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the Society of Jesus. We spent an hour praying in the chapel of the Venerable English College. Mary Ward opened the first school in Rome right next to the College. We then went to the ‚Camerette di St. Ignazio‘ near the church Il Gesu to celebrate mass in the room where St. Ignatius of Loyola lived and died. In 2002, the CJ sisters adopted the Ignatian Constitutions. That was the inspiration Mary Ward received from God: „Take the same of the Society “.
On the fourth day we resumed our regular daily schedule. Upon entering the meeting room in the morning, we choose a card that indicates what table we will sit at. This enables us to meet and talk with many different sisters. The breaks in the morning and afternoon allow us to gain new energy for the following working session, check our mail and get some fresh air. (text and photos/eka)  

This news item expired on 22/04/2019.