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Sr. Delphine with two postulants of the SICO   Excerpts from the diaries from 1924 to 1934   The opening of the postulate February 11, 1924, Our Lady of Lourdes. The Novitiate of the indigenous Sisters having been completed, Monsignor chose this feast of the Blessed Virgin to install there our six postulants. He blessed the robes in our little oratory, then celebrated holy mass, after which our happy girls were taken to their new home. (Diary 1924, p.51).   The first vows On December 8, 1930, they told us about the joy in Ouagadougou: Big day of celebration for Ouagadougou. The 5:30 a.m. Mass, Monsignor received the wishes of the first Black Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. The lucky ones were seven in number. The Church was full, and everyone listened attentively to the monition that Monsignor addressed to the future professed women. At the end of the mass, each…

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the Klettenberg home and chapel   From our Klettenberg community, Germany When we were young, we didn’t know the word “synodality”. For some years now, we have come across it more often, first in the writings of Pope Francis and more recently in connection with the synodal assembly in Rome. Today we understand it as a new way of being church. Jesus did not want a dictatorship for his church, he did not want a democracy either. He wanted the reign of God to be established. Today, synodality seems to be the best way to build the kingdom of God together.   We have tried to describe synodality: • Travelling together, moving forward towards a common goal, praying, thinking, discussing, deciding and acting together, guided by the Spirit. • Everyone is responsible; in manageable groups everyone can have their say. Listening is the key to synodality. • Allow differences, accept…

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Srs. Maite, Marie Ange and Victoire with some students   Sr. Marie Ange, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, has gone back to Burundi for a holiday with the family. While in Gitega she joined Srs. Maite and Victoire, who are there on mission, for some missionary vocation animation (MVA) in schools. Here is the report of her activities.   During my leave in February 2024 I joined my sisters in Gitega to do MVA activities in the secondary schools. Sometimes we had about 1000 pupils in a large hall, girls and boys of all religions together and we always started with a song “God will do it again”, composed by Tchouva, that says “God will work miracles, he heals the sick, he raises the dead, he is powerful to save, he does not change … he sustains all things by his Powerful Word, more effective than a two-edged sword. Lord, say only…

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  Sr. Francine Maas, first at the left, in a meeting of the parish council in Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Winooski   For me, synodality means living and working together with other Christians to live our faith not only in words but in action. It means that the leadership is horizontal/circular and not vertical, thus the parishioners/community members have something or more to say about the running of their parish/community.   Synodality in our parish In the 2 ½ years that I have lived in Winooski, VT. I have not heard or read a word about synodality in our parish or diocese. I go to Mass three times a week at the parish, including Sundays, so if it was mentioned, I would have heard about it. However, there is some progress. In 2023, our new pastor launched a request for people to be members of a parish council, which…

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  From our sister Cécile Dilé In the spring of 2024, I had the pleasure of making my small contribution to the training of the cultural mediators who give tours of the former basilica of Carthage. Their many questions inspired me to write this booklet. The texts are short, with anecdotes, personal accounts and lots of photos. This booklet has been written so that visitors who have it in their hands can enjoy the aesthetic and/or spiritual experience to which this great cultural site invites us. The booklet can be ordered through email to the author at sblamarsa@gmail.com Here you can download the cover and index of the booklet  

  From our sister Mia Dombrecht, in Nouakchott, Mauritania   This pastoral year, the parish vocational group chose “Burning Hearts, Walking Feet” as the theme for Mission Sunday in October 2023. At the start of the pastoral year, we met to listen to the young people’s interests and the topics they would like to cover throughout the year. A meditation on the call of young Samuel opened the year. In November, we organized a recollection by the sea to share on the year’s theme and on the Gospel of the Emmaus pilgrims. We tackled the subject of the missionary vocation. A diocesan priest and sisters from three missionary congregations were present to mentor around ten young people. In December, through sketches linked to the mystery of the Incarnation, the young people presented different texts from the Gospel. At the end, each one of them shared in a very moving way…

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  Our recently professed Sisters wanted to share with us how they understand the novitiate was an experience of lived synodality. For us, synodality means a journey traveled together through attitudes of listening and discerning the will of God. Walking together is the call that the bishops invite us to live. In this same sense, the theme of our general chapter of 2023 invites us to walk together without fear, to expand our tents in collaboration with others. Our journey together has been marked by several things. First, we all felt one day the Lord’s call to follow him in a radical way following the example of the first disciples. We have been on this journey on a personal level and as a group. We also did this discernment with our accompanists who helped us to better understand the Lord’s call. Then, during our journey through the novitiate, we learned…

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The children in the Pope Francis Home were excited about planting trees (Their faces cannot be shown in order to protect their identity)   From the Malindi community, Kenya The Kenyan government announced a surprise public holiday on 13 November 2023 for a nationwide Tree Planting Day. In a gazette notice dated November 6, Prof Kindiki said President William Ruto would lead the country in the tree-growing exercise in line with his administration’s ambitious plan of growing 10 billion trees by 2032. This is a government’s response to the climate change crisis  which is a global issue and which is, in particular, causing worsening droughts in the Horn of Africa, including Kenya, where rains have failed for five seasons in a row. Kenya has lost nearly half of its forest cover since independence. Several factors, including agriculture, logging, and charcoal production, drive deforestation. The loss of forests has contributed to…

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The community of Trier Seniorenzentrum in Germany. Sr. Theresia Flesch, in front on the left, died on 26th December 2023.   From our Community in Trier Seniorenzentrum, Germany In February 2024, some of our sisters celebrated their jubilee. They remember their common journey: We walked the path together years ago. We were sent out on mission to spread and live the Word of God. Together with people of different cultures and religions, we built something. For us sisters, there was no difference between the peoples, everyone was and is equal. We listened and respected the opinions of others. We also accepted and supported their way of life. In the words of Mother Salome: “Love and help one another” Our life was and is always a life in community. It is our synodal way. “We are travelling together with the aim of gaining Christ” Even today, in our old age, we…

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    Sister Eunice Kyohairwe, in Lilongwe, Malawi, shares her experience of a Vocation Sunday In Lilongwe Diocese, Vocation Sunday was celebrated in Mlale, one of the Parishes in the diocese. This place is a bit on the periphery in terms of transportation but the youth managed to reach there in search of their vocation. I felt encouraged by their openness in asking me different questions such as: dressing, apostolate, levels of education for entry into our congregation, etc. At the end, they expressed their appreciation for being enlightened. They also shared their fear of approaching religious sisters because we don’t have time for them. From this interaction I discovered that the youth are still interested in religious life if we are available for them. I can say that our simple life style and readiness to adapt to their culture in our way of dressing is what is attracting many.…

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