I had the opportunity of taking part in the 1 st Oblate Latin American Congress on the pastoral care of vocations which took place in Aparecida, San Paulo, from 27 October to 2 November. I was quite impressed by their openness. Only three women took part: two Oblate Associate laywomen – one single... Read more
After almost 13 years of a rocky road in 2 different religious congregations, which I left thinking that I no longer wanted anything to do with religious life, I have finally found my spiritual home. After almost 8 years of reflecting, pondering, praying, listening carefully to what God was saying... Read more
Approximately 2.8 million Syrian children are out of school as a result of the war, 550,000 of whom are in Lebanon. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) center in Jbeil serves nearly 500 Syrian refugee children, including providing psychosocial support to children through Peace Education classes. An... Read more
Between September 23 and 26 I participated in the II Congress of Consecrated Youth held in Cz?stochowa, Poland. The Congress theme was “The joy of Consecration” and the motto “…that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11) Nearly a thousand young people from different male... Read more
There are 69 armed groups which are still active in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in a strongly degraded humanitarian context with 1.6 million people displaced. According to a statement sent to Agenzia Fides by the Peace Network for Congo, which cites a recent report carried out by the... Read more
Committed to our vowed life for mission, we will explore changes of structure and language in our ‘membership-leadership relationship’ that will enable a more integrated and prophetic contribution to mission. (General Chapter 2014) This statement from the General Chapter is more than a simple... Read more
Major step towards religious unity - EDITORIAL 2015-11-24 Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) Editorial In a major step towards inter–religious dialogue and unity, the Catholic Church yesterday held an unprecedented memorial service of thanksgiving for the Most Ven. Sobitha Hamuduruwo who passed away on... Read more
This was the theme of the Regional Assembly of the Conference of Religious of Brazil which took place in São Paulo on 8 August, 2015. Carmem Lucia, a laywoman, addressed the topic. She spoke knowledgeably and, as a layperson speaking to religious, gave us an outsider’s view of consecrated religious... Read more
This has been a year of instability in the small kingdom of Lesotho. The situation has not been pleasant after the general elections held on the 28 th February 2015 which resulted in seven political parties forming a coalition government. After the formation of the current government all seemed to... Read more
“Exterior things exercise A great influence on our exterior senses” A garden, a meeting place of the creature and his/her God, A space where nature and the hand of human beings intermingle to create beauty, harmony and freshness. An Atmosphere that opens to the space of silence, to the murmur of... Read more
CONVINCED THAT COMMUNION IS POSSIBLE A series of meetings of different groups in the Spiritual Family of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles took place at the Holy Family General House, Rome from 18 – 26 September’. The Council of the Family, 18 -21 September The Leadership of the Association of the Holy... Read more
“It is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society.” Here is th text of Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress at the... Read more
Holy Father's address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square, September 9. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to focus our attention on the bond between the family and the Christian community. It is, so to speak, a “natural” bond, because the Church is... Read more
First of all, I would like to welcome you and express my gratitude to each one of you for having accepted the invitation to come and take part in this meeting. We hope that, during these days, we will have an experience of being Family and rekindle together the Gift we have been given. We are here... Read more
In the Gospel of Mark we also heard the experience of Bartimaeus, who joined the group of Jesus’ followers. He became a disciple at the last minute. This happened during the Lord’s final journey, from Jericho to Jerusalem, where he was about to be handed over. A blind beggar, Bartimaeus sat on the... Read more
I was happy to be a participant Ninth Plenary Assembly of the International Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) at the Ad Gentes Centre ( run by the Society of the Divine Word) in Nemi (Italy), from June 18 to 23, 2015. The Plenary Assembly is the supreme governing body of the Federation. This was a... Read more
Florida de Liébana, Salamanca, is the most recent foundation that the Province of Spain has made in a rural area. The Sisters have been there for some months now and share their first impressions with us. During the few months we have lived here, we have heard various sounds – some from outside,... Read more
Time really flies! As if, my going to the Phillippines happened only yesterday! ‘Tempus fugit’- true to its sense! Sisters in my home Province kept on telling, that I was running away. They asked me for the reason for my decision, trying to guess. All their opinions were incorrect. Unlike some... Read more
I am Jean Marilag; a very simple girl came from a simple family in town of San Isidro. My parents are farmers. All that my mother taught me was to have fear of God and not to forget Him in my daily Life no matter whatever that happens. But I didn’t have any idea of who God is. I only know that... Read more
The 150 anniversary of the arrival of the Holy Family Sisters in Lesotho comes a happy coincidence during the Year of Consecrated Life . Pope Francis told women and men religious to “wake up the world”. It can truly be said that the Holy Family sisters woke up Lesotho for the occasion. From the... Read more