We extend a warm welcome to Sister Évangéline Mengue who joined the Marguerite Bourgeoys community in Summerside on January 24, 2016. Sister Évangéline is taking two months from her ministry in Cameroon to further develop her English language skills. She will also spend time with our sisters at de Sève residence in Montreal. We wish Évangéline a peaceful enriching time among us.
General Conference – January 2016
This General Conference, January 19-27, 2016, will be the last conference of the General Administration’s mandate before the summer General Chapter.
We are grateful for all the preparations that go into such international gatherings and for the vision, planning and leadership we experience during these times.
For this conference, Leadership has been chosen as the topic for our enrichment. Sister Anne Chapell, sscj, will be our resource person.
The Conversations of the Heart group in Charlottetown met on January 17 to share their reflections on the article “The Joy of the Gospel has messages for us.” We were welcomed with warm hospitality into Sister Susan’s space and as the afternoon progressed, many messages were found and shared. The emphasis on being missionary disciples occurred over and over again. We, as religious, are called to be joy-filled missionary disciples like the woman at the well who went back to her village, leaving her empty jar there because her whole being had been filled with life-giving water. We are invited by Pope Francis to embrace this “missionary option” and transform, in our communities and in our church, our way of doing things so that we are re-invigorated and transformed by the Holy Spirit and become more authentic joyful witnesses. We must co-create and co-evolve a new way to live that is centered on mission and that is characterized by a deep prayer life, simple living and a passionate commitment to the service of the most vulnerable. We ended our day by celebrating Sister Esther’s 80th birthday and regret that Sister Susan is missing from our picture because she had to honour her commitment to the UPEI Chaplaincy Service.