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14 Aug 2017

Greetings for the Feast of the Assumption!

A special message for this wonderful feast day from Sr Martine & the General Council of the Religious of the Assumption

"I believe that we are called to venerate the Mystery of the Incarnation and the Sacred humanity of Jesus Christ, in the same way that the Holy Virgin attached herself to Jesus Christ… Yes, Mary as mother, showed us the way to be fully human clothed in the life of Jesus Christ."

Letter of SME to Fr. D’Alzon, 28 August 1843 – Vol VII nº 590

 

Very dear Sisters and Friends,

Very close to the celebration of the great feast of the Assumption, we join all the communities of sisters and laity who will live and celebrate together this great day! We have just come together in Paris after a rich and fruitful time, for the Congregation and for all of us, in different continents. During this time, we have experienced the first canonical visit to the new Province of Madagascar, which ended with the celebration of the perpetual profession of the first three Malagasy sisters in our Congregation. It has also been a time to continue accompanying our different realities – in Cuba, the meeting of the Provincial Councils of Europe and the Annual Retreat of the Province of Northern Europe with the participation of sisters from three other provinces of the continent.

There were also the meetings and all the work that it involved towards what we call the legal/civil fusion that is still on the way; and the renovation and renewal of the Mother House in Auteuil that is now over, having passed the security commission inspection giving its agreement and the official occupancy permit. We were also very happy to have followed, through prayer and sisterly interest, the General Chapters of the Little Sisters, the Oblates and the Orantes of the Assumption that took place during these months of July and August and the joy of being present with the Little Sisters of the Assumption in the final Eucharistic Celebration to conclude their General Chapter.

We have just come from a session on "leadership" with General Councils of other Congregations in La Pommeraye, a town in the Normandy region near Angers. It was a good time to stop, listen to ourselves and to the sisters, and reread our way of animating the Congregation.

At this moment, we are preparing to celebrate the feast of the Assumption on the threshold of the celebration that will close the bicentennial year of the birth of Mother Marie Eugenie and Mother Thérèse Emmanuel – with the International Youth Pilgrimage, which begins on August 17 and which will involve more than 200 young people. These days the FIAT commission and the different teams are working tirelessly so that everything is well prepared when the participants arrive.

The feast of August 15 puts us under the protection of Mary, our Mother. This strong moment of encounter, of a profound experience of God, for both our founding mothers, will undoubtedly mark the life of each of the participants.We feel very much united with all of you in this privileged moment that ends an intense year of celebration and of discovery and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the life and spirituality of our two mothers. 

May we, like Mary, allow ourselves to be clothed in the life of Jesus Christ to bring her into the world. A very joyful and meaningful feast of the Assumption!

With all our sisterly affection,

Sr Martine, General Superior
Sr MarJo, Sr Carmen, Sr Françoise and Sr Mayi, General Councillors

Paris, 13 August 2017

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