On Saturday, February 18th, twelve Sisters and “Marylrose Associates” gathered at Marylrose Residence to read, pray over and reflect on the Acts of the Thirty-Third SNJM Chapter.
The first part of the day was devoted to become aware of the general content of the orientations given by this Chapter. The reading of the Quetzal story, personal interiorisation and a commitment to the call of the Holy Spirit in the Acts took place. Prayer and the symbolic action of pouring a few drops of water from a pitcher into a basin were very significant. This was followed by an enthusiastic singing of “Tous ensemble/All as One”.
In the afternoon, the session facilitated by Sister Beverley Wattling and Linda Wiltshire, Associate, opened with the acknowledgement that SNJM’s are an international Congregation. We sang the hymn “Spirit of God” and read the title of the “Acts” in English, French, Spanish, Sesotho and Portuguese “doing the best we could.” The Acts were read aloud and discussed in two sections: “Women in Interdependence for Mission” in the morning, and “Initiatives for Living Interdependence” in the afternoon.
All were impressed by the beauty of the booklet itself: the reproduction of Mother Veronica’s quetzal bird, the water images throughout, as well as the quotes from Scripture, Vatican II and the highlighted words of Mother Marie-Rose. The aptness of the story of the quetzal bird to our situation was well appreciated.