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An experience of internationality

Good Shepherd News 192 - October 2006 

The Contemplative Life Study Group that was asked by the Contemplative Life Commission to live together as an international community at the Mother House in Angers will be marking their one-month anniversary in October! Although within the Mother House complex, they actually reside at Saint Vincent’s, so called because St. Vincent de Paul is said to have stayed at the place overnight when it was still a hostel for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella (that is why the church beside Saint Vincent’s is called Saint Jacques).


Good Shepherd Contemplative Life Study Group


The members of the Good Shepherd Contemplative Life Study Group are meeting in Angers from September 14– November 21, 2006. They will synthesize materials received from each Major Council, study resources available at the Spirituality Center, review related materials and prepare a position paper.

Besides experiencing internationality at the Mother House, the group, which is made up of Sisters Denise Briant (St. Martin d-Heure), Veronique Colomies (St. Nicolas), Cynthia Bone (Ecuador), Betty Araujo (Paraguay), Socorro Galvez (Philippines) and Edith Olaguer (New York), is also studying the Responses that contemplative communities across the world have sent to the CLC Questionnaires on Community Life. By the time the Sisters finish their work in November, they are expected to have prepared a Theological Reflection and a Position Paper on Good Shepherd Contemplative Life that are hoped to be of use as a conversation tool, at the 2008 Contemplative Inter-Continental Assembly in Quito, Ecuador.

While the Sisters frequent the Centre Spirituel for research and studies, digging deep into the roots of contemplative Good Shepherd spirituality, they have splendid resources as well in Sisters Armelle Dehennault, Helene Halligon, Odile Laugier, Magdalena Franciscus, Anne Josephine Carr and Evelyn Fergus. Sr. Annuntiata Gatt is on hand 24/7 for translations; Sisters Blanca Ines and Lolita are also a great help.

When the Contemplative Life Study Group arrived in Angers in September, the Mother House, all a-welcome, still bloomed with brilliant flowers, the roses of summer among them. When they leave in November, they say that their lives will always hold fast the colors that friends spill, splash, on one another, especially friends who, using the ritual of gestures, sign language, dictionaries and endless laughter, are determined to make themselves, their hopes and desires, fears and challenges understood by the other.

Sr. Mary Edith Olaguer, CGS

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