Life Unfolding, Offering the Gift
Representing the Society of the Sacred Heart were: Imma De Stefanis (USC), Reyna Gonzalez (USC), Betzabeth Villanueva (PER), Sheila Smith (USC), Silvana Ferez (ARU), Chihiro Yamamoto (JPN), and Kathy Conan (USC, not pictured). Our delegation supported a group of Indigenous peoples from the Amazon (Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador), who had come to speak for the rights of water, land, and their peoples, who are all experiencing the devastating impacts of mining. It was a very rich and informative week. The RSCJ delegation who attended reflected together on the experience and decided to follow-up with each other and to plan further action.
** Text by Sheila Smith rscj; photos from the RSCJ's FB pages
The community gave us some words that we will, with humility, forever hold dear: “Thank you for the security of your patient listening, your welcoming embrace, your life-giving words, for being with us at all the right moments, your hearts open to include everyone without judgments, for sharing life. Thank you for teaching us and helping us to BECOME COMMUNITY.”
There is no doubt that the relationships, the bonds that grew during these years, will never end!
Province of Spain
The Central Team visited the Province of Spain from the 31st of March to the 20th of April 2018.
The visit had two itineraries: Sister Barbara Dawson, Superior General, and Marie-Jeanne Elonga, General Councilor, visited the houses of our older sisters, and some other communities. General Councilors Daphne Sequiera, Monica Esquivel and Isabelle Lagneau visited all the other communities. In this way they all met with every religious, with the enthusiasm and mutual enrichment which that engendered. They were also able to experience a flavor of the life of the areas in which the communities are inserted, and some ministries.
Topics of conversation that were pursued included: new horizons, the path already taken regarding new ways of organizing ourselves… always with a note of gratitude and confidence in this moment we are living.
** From the website of the Province of Spain
** From the FB webpage of RSCJ Chile
** From the website of the ENW Province. Click here to read the original article.