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Thursday, 04 August 2016 13:48

Day 28 Report – Sunday, July 31, 2016

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The Chapter delegates and the sisters of the Generalate House participated together in the Mass of welcoming, presided by His Excellence Monsignor José Rodriguez Carballo, OFM – Secretary of CICLSAL and concelebrated with Fr. Ronilson Braga, SJ, for the new General Government.

It was a moment of faith and hope.  At the beginning of the celebration, Mother Clare, brining in a lit candle, Mother Miriam and the new Council were thanked.  In a symbolic gesture, Mother Clare handed the lit candle to Mother Miriam who then placed it before the altar.

Monsignor José Rodriguez Carballo thanked Mother Clare, in the name of the entire Church, for her service in guiding the Congregation and for the meaningful collaboration she offered in her work with women religious in the United States; he also welcomed the new government, offering his best wishes for their ministry.

In the homily, he offered words of hope, inviting all to move ever forward with joy, responding to the call of God with renewed enthusiasm.  He recalled those attitudes which Pope Francis has been encouraging for Religious Life.  In order to ignite the flame of Christ’s Mercy in the world, we must move out of our paralysis.

At the end of the celebration, Mother Miriam placed the candle before Mother Clelia’s tomb, together with all the sisters who, with hands held, prayed together in silence.

After Mass, everyone gathered to celebrated in the courtyard to begin the celebration of the new government, followed by lunch together in the little theater and an offering of flowers and songs for Mother Miriam, Mother Clare, and the new Council.

At the end of lunch, Mother Miriam thanked everyone for their welcome and their prayers.  The Chapter delegates then returned to Rocca di Papa, with a few remaining behind in Rome, and shortly afterwards returned to their respective countries and communities.

We give thanks to the Lord because his Love and Mercy endure forever.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:08

Day 27 Report - Saturday, July 30, 2016

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The capitulars began their day with Lauds and Mass.

The day’s work was dedicated to the revision of the Chapter documents in their various translations.

During the evening, they followed the World Youth Day celebrations: Pope Francis’ entrance through the Holy Door, along with several young people, and the prayer vigil.

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Saturday, 30 July 2016 18:09

Day 26 Report - Friday, July 29, 2016

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The delegates began their day with Lauds and Mass.  It was a moment of celebration and thanksgiving to God for all of the graces bestowed on the Congregation and the work of the the XVII General Chapter.

Special thanks were given to Mother Clare and her council for their work.  Also, the sisters of the Rocca di Papa community were thanked along with the juniors and the other sisters who came to offer help during the Chapter: the technical secretary office, the dinning room and kitchen, the laundry – all of whom offered such meaningful service which allowed the Chapter delegates to carry out their work.  Particular thanks was also given to Fr. Santiago González for his role as Chapter Facilitator and to Sisters Mariette Moan and Carmen Cestonaro who served as Moderators of the Chapter.

At the beginning of the Eucharistic Celebration, the icon of the chapter - an image of the Sacred Heart - and images of Our Lady and Mother Clelia - faithful companions of the Chapter delegates throughout their days of work - were brought in.

Particular prayers were requested of Saint Martha, whose feast day was celebrated, as well as particular prayers for Sr. Martha on her Feast Day.

Fr. González highlighted St. Martha when she went out to meet Jesus saying, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  Martha places herself before Jesus: “But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”  Martha has great faith and Jesus responds confirming her faith: ““I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  And she responds, “I believe.”  And we too respond now, today, in the present.  The first reading used a strong expression; “He who does not love, does not know God.”  It is on this point that Religious Life should examine itself.  Sometimes love is reduced to good manners, politeness, but these are not truly love.  Our consecration should express itself spontaneously in joy and love.  St. John doesn’t just think that God is love but rather knows that God is love.  If we love each other, nothing else matters; if we don’t do everything with love, live with love, we don’t really do anything and we aren’t really anyone.

Later, all the delegates gathered in assembly to share their ideas for bringing the Chapter work back to each province.  Sr. Lorenzina Perniola, in the name of all the delegates, thanked the two Moderators, Sisters Mariette and Carmen, presenting them with two candles embellished with the icon of the Year of Mercy.

Mother Miriam pronounced the Chapter officially closed and announced that each Province will receive a copy of the Positio from Mother Clelia’s Beatification process as a gift from Mother Clare: a very welcomed piece of news!  With a final word of thanks, Mother Miriam closed the work of the XVII General Chapter and all sang the Magnificat.

Later in the afternoon, the sisters followed the Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis and the youth of the WYD gathering.

That evening, everyone celebrated and gave thanks, led by an international group of sisters who prepared a video of photos from the various highlights of the Chapter.  It was a moment of joy, thanksgiving, and fraternity.

The capitulars concluded the day with Compline, during which they gave thanks to God for His constant presence, expressing the desire to rekindle in all the world the flame of Christ’s mercy, guided by the Holy Spirit and accompanied by Mary and Mother Clelia.

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Saturday, 30 July 2016 12:51

Day 25 Report – Thursday, July 28, 2016

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The chapter delegates began their day with Lauds and Mass.  In the liturgy of the day, Fr. González highlighted the biblical image of God as the Potter and Israel as the clay.  If something goes wrong, God can always remodel the pot.  He knows that which is best for us.  In this way, trust in God is the path of hope.  In every situation, the best place to be is in the hands of God.  In the Gospel, Jesus chooses, as the place of conversation with his disciples, their daily workplaces and, beginning from there, he teaches them.  He also speaks to us in our daily life.  He speaks of good and evil, the final judgment, not in order to inspire fear, but so that the disciples would be conscious of the treasure they had received and could know how to share it.  God offers this same invitation to us so that we also may know how to share the gift that we have received.

Morning prayer was led by the Province of Northern Italy.  They prepared a thanksgiving service with the theme: “Merciful like the Father.”  They invited each delegate to place herself on a journey, a pilgrim’s journey, with three important stops along the path: thanksgiving, forgiveness, and communion.  Each delegate was offered a small piece of bread and a heart, symbols of sharing and unity.

After prayer, the delegates continued their work reading chapter documents.  In the afternoon, they voted on the approval of the new text of the Constitutions – the sections on the Government of the Congregation.  Voting included other articles of the Constitutions and of the General Directory to be modified for consistency with the new text as well as the Congregational Plan for the 2016-2022 term.

At the end of this work, the delegates were happy to have finished this important passage and entrusted all of their plans and desires to Our Lady: that she may help put into practice that which God asks of each one and of the entire Congregation and that we may rekindle the flame of Christ’s Mercy in all the world!

Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:41

Day 24 Report – Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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The capitulars began their day with Lauds and the celebration of the Eucharist.

In the Chapter conference room, the Province of Paraná prepared a Lectio Divina for the delegates.  It was a beautiful experience of the Word, listening to the call of the Lord, sharing and offering intercessory prayers together: forgiveness and thanksgiving, the intentions of the community and of the world, always in the light of the scripture message and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Lectio Divina was shared in small groups to facilitate sharing and the experience of prayer.

Following, the delegates continued their work to finish the chapter documents.

During the evening, the capitulars watched Pope Francis’ message to the young people of World Youth Day in Krakow.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 08:31

Day 23 Report – Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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As they do each day, the Capitulars began their day with Lauds and Mass.

We celebrated the liturgical memorial of Saint Joachim and Anna, parents of Mary, and the Feast day of Sr. Anne Theresa Walsh and Sr. Annalaura Calvitti.  Father stressed the importance of looking to those who have gone before us in the journey of life and to look always for the positive.  How beautiful it is to see grandparents give their blessing to their grandchildren!  Just as grandparents are the guarantors of the faith, which they transmit from generation to generation, those who have more experience in Religious Life should be signs to others and transmit good seed to the newer generations.   The good seed, in addition to being the Word, are the children of God.  We are all invited to sow.  Evil sometimes flourishes because we forget to sow the good seed, we become discouraged when faced with evil, rather, we should not lose courage and continue to sow.

In the Chapter conference room, work began with an opening prayer, led by the Vice-Province of Cono Sur, based on Pope Francis’ reflection on the Gospel of the day: the weeds and the wheat, evil and good in the world.

The assembly then worked on the Congregational Plan.

During lunch, Sr. Anne and Sr. Annalaura’s Feast days were celebrated with apple crisp and champagne.

In the afternoon, the Capitulars worked in groups according to language.  Some worked on the reading and translation of the chapter documents.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 11:12

Day 22 Report – Monday, July 25, 2016

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The chapter delegates began their day with Lauds and Mass.

In the liturgy we celebrated the feast of St. James and the Feast day of Fr. Santiago González.  In the Gospel, Jesus explains to the Apostles their mission.  The mother of James and John ask Jesus to reserve a special place for her sons in His Kingdom.  Her request is founded on the idea that the Kingdom of God is like an earthly kingdom; they have not yet understood the meaning of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus responds with a question, “Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”  The other Apostles want the same thing yet do not have the courage to ask for it.  So Jesus says to them, “But it shall not be so among you.”  They, in imitation of their Teacher, should be those who serve and serve in order to give life.  It is not a service for the sake of politeness but a total gift of self, a giving of one’s own life.

In the Chapter conference room, we began with prayer led by the Northern Italian Province: the central theme, in keeping with the liturgy of the day, was service and the consequential self-recognition as a “jar of clay”, which carries a precious treasure, the Trinity.  Afterwards, the Capitulars met in their work groups for further modification to certain articles of the Directory.

During lunch, all enjoyed a Brazilian dessert, offered in celebration of Fr. González’s Feast day.

During recreation that evening, we celebrated “Christmas in July”: chapter delegates and other sisters alike took part in bring the Christmas scene to life.  Fun was had by all!

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Monday, 25 July 2016 11:04

Day 21 Report – Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Sunday afforded a day of pilgrimage, prayer, and reflection.  In the morning, the chapter delegates together with Fr. González and the other sisters offering service for the Chapter at Rocca di Papa visited the Madonna del Divino Amore Shrine in Rome.

In the twelfth century, this spot was marked by Castel di Leva, the home of the Savelli-Orsini family.  The Shrine’s image, the Madonna del Divino Amore, was frescoed on the tower of the castle: the Madonna seated on a throne with the infant Jesus in her lap and a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, coming down upon her. This image was venerated by the shepherds of the region.

The first of several miracles happened here in 1740.  A pilgrim headed toward Rome was attacked by wolves and, thinking that his life was nearly over, set his eyes on this image of the Madonna and asked for her help.  Immediately, the wolves fled for the fields.  After this miraculous intervention, there have been numerous other miracles associated with the image. 

In 1944, the city of Rome was in great danger under and under siege from German troops.  The people of the city made a vow of conversion and, asking for the city’s liberation, promised to build a new shrine.  Our Lady intervened and the city was liberated.  After the war, the new shrine was built and dedicated to prayer and adoration, a cultural center which is also dedicated to works of charity.

On May 1st, 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the shrine and called it “The Marian Shrine of Rome.”

In this holy place, the capitulars and other sisters had the opportunity to participate in the Eucharistic Celebration, Eucharistic adoration, confession, the Rosary and a small museum of Marian images from around the world.  It was truly an opportunity for prayer, reflection, and an experience of the presence of God through art and beauty.

During lunch, GFASC coordinators Elio Arena and Lucia Gallo offered their greetings to Mother Miriam and their thanks to Mother Clare on behalf of GFASC of Rome – complete with strawberry custard cake and champagne. 

During recreation that evening, there was a small awards ceremony: each chapter delegate had been invited to bring a pictorial autobiography that expresses that which is most important to her (life, ministry).  Each sister was invited to vote on her favorite of the displayed autobiographies.

The winners were:

  1. Sr. Lucia Soccio
  2. Sr. Maria Zelina Cardim
  3. Sr. Maria Fernanda Trucco Alemán

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated.  Thank you to Mother Clare who proposed this fun idea – it both helped the chapter delegates to get to know one another and offered some light-hearted fun for all.

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Monday, 25 July 2016 06:22

Day 20 Report – Saturday, July 23, 2016

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The chapter delegates began their day with Mass.  Fr. González invited them to renew their trust in the Lord and to cultivate the certainty that, if we remain in Him, we will be given everything that we need.  Also, we celebrated the feast of St. Bridget of Sweden, co-patron saint of Europe: a young woman who lived an intense life of prayer in the Word of God, becoming a sign of the Kingdom of God.

The day’s work began in the Chapter conference room with prayer led by the Vice-Province of Central-North Brazil.  Their reflection centered on the phrase “Do whatever He tells you.”  Each delegate was invited to offer “the water of her life” so that Jesus could transform it into wine.  Each one responded to this call, receiving her own small jar.

After prayer, the capitulars remained in assembly in order to review the work on the evangelization plan.  Also, a letter from the Clelian Laity was read to the assembly.  In it, they asked for prayers and included a letter from the students at Mother Clelia Tuition-Free School in Curitiba, PR, Brazil – all of which will be placed at the tomb and in the bedroom of Mother Clelia.

The day’s activities concluded with Compline.

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Saturday, 23 July 2016 13:28

"Hello!" from the Chapter Delegates

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