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Reflection on Congregational Statement and Focus for the Future

Submitted by: francoise
On: 18/08/2014

The province of Mexico led us in prayer. Sr Janice gave some  clarifications as she presented the second draft of the assembly statement.

- What is the particular focus which needs more attention, which needs action?
- What speaks to your heart and gives you energy?

 There was reflection on the statement and feedback in the large assembly.

 In the afternoon, there was evaluation regarding the implementation of the 2009 congregational chapter statement.

 There were reflection on the statement in table groups and participants were asked to respond to the following questions then there was feedback in the large assembly.

  • In what particular ways have you successfully implemented the commitments from the 2009 Chapter Direction Statement?
  • What commitments do you still struggle with?
  • What is difficult to implement?

  Participants responded that many of the points have been implemented but areas such as Vocation promotion and interreligious dialogue continue to be a challenge.

  An evaluation regarding the implementation of Focus for the future continued in the same process and the focus questions were:

  1. What particular practices have you done in your community that have deepened your contemplative life?
  2. Which issues do you struggle with? What is difficult to implement?

 Participants shared that many sisters received formation that help deepened community life. Spirituality, holistic formation, justice and peace etc.

Vocation Promotion continues to be a struggle and also regional re-structuring and networking.

Participants were divided into area groups Europe, Asia pacific, Rimoa, North America and Latin America

And each area identified three priorities for the future. These priorities were shared in the large group and handed over to the text committee to be incorporated into the third draft of the assembly statement.