"Advance in the light of the moment »

We were filled with added joy to meet in Strasbourg from 2nd  to 8th  July 2014 between different members of international communities in Europe: Rome,(Sr. Elisabeth Katunge, sr.Lucie Ravoavy) Tudela, Spain (Sr. Apolline Namukisa)   Strasbourg (Sr.Odette Rasoanantenaina, Sr. Justine Namuyanja, Felicity Namakula,  Sr. Maria Stella Nabweteme, Sr. Regina Napareng)

 The theme of the meeting was,


We started with the sharing of our lived experiences in Religious life and  apostolic commitments. Each of us had prepared her own story in a power point. It was    interesting and touching to know the reality of one another in our sharing.

We really experienced it deeply, it was a chance for us to learn more about the different evolutions and history of our congregation as an institution of Apostolic life, how we were and how we are now in the church , for example ;

ü  The suppression of the  2 degrees  in 1965 - Apostolate is all  the sisters

ü  The acknowledged necessity of diversity in the way of life and commitment in activities

ü  The beginning of small communities, remunerative work  

ü  Reference to Mary as a committedwoman  (Magnificat)

ü  Reference to Eucharist in all its dimensions : fraternity, justice, welcome ...

ü  The reference to Ignatian spirituality is permanent

We talked about the commitment of mother Emilie; her  acceptance of the  reality (she did not choose the path marriage but she embraced it  as a gift from God). Dispossession of her projects (the only thing she longed for was to be united to God) "she   advances in the light and grace of the moment" with faith and trust in God.

We also understood the importance of discernment which helps us to make the right choices or decisions through the "THREE TIMES" recommended by the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

We were glad, touched, and moved by the testimonies of  different people  engaged in various  services ;

Mgr Vincent Dollmann, auxiliary Bishop of Strasbourg, who celebrated Mass on Thursday 3, Father Basil, Orthodox priest and his wife Josephine, Sister Claudine, a protestant  sister, Nadia, an irakian, consecrated Virgin living in France , Blandine and Elie, a couple. They all focused on trust in God, on vocation, on discernment, on prayer, forgiveness and reconciliation in their sharing with us their spiritual life and apostolic commitment.

Our sincere gratitude goes to Srs Christine Barrière and Micheline Rossignol who organized this meeting. Thank you very much, dear sisters, you  facilitated the session with lots  of creativities, questions, confirmations, information from time to time, which really helped us to deepen our Ignatian spirituality and charism of the Sisters of


We equally thank our dear Srs. Therese, Monique ,Francis and Noëlle  who helped in the kitchen, not forgetting  the whole  congregation who supported us in one way or the other.

We ended our meeting with a prayer of thanksgiving in the same chapel where Mother Emilie and her ten companions made ​​their first vows.

We had to return to our respective communities after the session but, we remain united in prayer.  May the Blessed Mary of Jesus and st. Ignatius guide us in our apostolic commitments   for Jesus’ glory and reparation. MORE....