Asia

Asia Unit meets to discuss CCCM report

 

 

 

 

 

 

On  September  30th, 2018 after returning from the Congregational Consultative Committee Meeting held in Germany where all 7 provinces/units were in attendance to discuss common  concerns supporting movement forward in implementing Chapter decisions, Sisters from the Asian Unit gathered to hear and respond to the report.

 

Sisters Benedicta and Catherine led the meeting held at the Wufu Community, Kaoshiung to explain and clarify questions.  Everyone expressed their love and concern for SMIC  stating, “ Today is a beautiful communion”

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A Spiritual Roaming Day

 

 

Our plan for a day of  “spiritual roaming”  for us temporary professed Sisters was almost ruined by the weather report of a possible typhoon even while the slight autumn wind of September was upon us.  Once again we found out that trusting God is still the best thing to do in cases such as these.  On September 16th our hope was realized as we awoke to a sunny Sunday day.

The Sisters of the  Sinying Community, along with Sister Lucia  arrived at the Yintian Mountain House, also known as “Hokkaido” preparing it for our arrival.  We made our way from  our Tainan Convent to this wondrous mountain place where the mood is naturally relaxed.  Here we first prayed the Canticle  Song of the Creatures  of St. Francis.  This was a blessing  to our soul roaming this day.  This was followed by a shared  rich lunch.   Looking at the smiles on each of our photos, one can feel how happy and satisfied our hearts are!  While our time was short,   immersed in the beauty of nature our hearts were most happy to spend this time with one another.  We give a strong “Thank you” to our mentors  Srs. Cecilia Lin and Lucia Xiu for arranging this happy experience for us.

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Holy Name Unit

The First Unit Assembly of Holy Name of Jesus Unit

 

The First Unit Assembly was held from January 16 to 20, 2018. Minister General, Sr. Livramento Oliveira, and Assistant Minister General, Sr. Bea trice Yang were invited to attend our first unit assembly.

On Jan. 16, Most Rev. Bosco Lin, the local diocesan bishop, presided an opening mass at 9:00 am at the unit center, where all 37 assembly members were present, each responding with a positive “yes” to the role calling by Sr. Caritas Chen.

Following the timeline of implementing the new governance model of the whole congregation, this First Unit Assembly created an unprecedented beginning in the history of the province, with a specific new change during the entire sessions of the assembly: ALL SISTERS, instead of only nominated representatives, involved. Thus, the temporary professed, especially the young Vietnamese sisters (except student sisters), all were present, and even a few of them were assigned to take the roles as group facilitators during the assembly sessions.

In order to foster effective communication and reach great consensus, all sisters were divided into two different groups, based on the nature of issues on the agenda: base community and consensus group, in which sisters were able to engage in the communal discernment, exchange feelings, reflections, views or thoughts during the sessions of faith sharing, proposals, and of the election of the new leadership team.

On Jan. 20, the first unit leadership team was established, then followed by a thanksgiving ritual for the out-going provincial leadership team.  With deep gratitude, we thank God for His Spirit fully flowing throughout the assembly gathering, and put trust in His wisdom to continue guiding our new leadership team who will direct all sisters in the unit toward our declaration and new resolutions for the next three years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

top photo: discussion units

mid photo: Srs. Livramento Oliveira, Minister General and  Beatrice Yang, Assistant Minister

 

bottom photo: new Unit Leadership: Srs. Scholastica, Paulina, Benedicta, Catherine, Catherina

 

 

 

 

 

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