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"Omni in re, semper, et ubique tantum Deum video, ipsum Deum." MAM

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“And she gave birth to her firstborn son.    
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes
and laid him in a manger, because   
there was no room for them in the inn.”   (Lk 2:7)

 

“In front of the crib we discover how important it is for our life, so often frenetic, to find moments of silence and prayer. The silence, to contemplate the beauty of the face of baby Jesus, the Son of God, born in a lowly stable. Prayer, to express our amazed “thank you” at this immense gift of love we have been given.”  (Pope Francis)

The pandemic showed us the vulnerability of our being and of our world.
The news that God came close to us in the Child of Bethlehem is a sign that people are not left alone in their vulnerability and that precisely this can also be the place of an experience with God which, then, leads us back to people and humanity.
Let us be touch and strengthened by the mystery of the Holy Night. Thus we will find, at the crib, courage and strength to accept our lives and shape them with the conviction that Jesus, the Savior, is here!

For these Christmas days, as the General Administration, we wish you to experience the closeness and goodness from God, who, small and defenseless, promises us peace and joy as a Child in the manger.

For the year 2021, we wish you God’s blessings, health, peace and confidence that God walks with us in the New Year “2021”.

Sr. Johanna Vogl,     
sr. Júlia Zarembová, sr. Eva Windt, Sr. Margit Kuchta     

Meeting with the General Leadership and the Provincial Leadership of the Austrian Province
on October 3, 2020, in Eisenstadt

“Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus.” Phil 2:5

Due to Covid-19 the scheduled meeting in summer 2020 with the General Leadership and the Provincial Leaderships could not take place. Therefore, the General Leadership decided to meet every Province and Region individually.

On October 3, 2020, a meeting was held with the Provincial Leadership of the Austrian Province. The theme was: “SISTERS IN SORORAL COMMUNION IN AND FOR THE WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY”.

Sister Johanna Vogl, Superior General, greeted the Sisters and expressed her joy that they could meet, although they have to keep strict measures because of the corona virus pandemic.

Sister Eva prepared the opening prayer, on the topic from the Letter to Phil 2:1-11. There St. Paul presents voluntary humble attitude of Jesus towards God. This is also the standard for Sisters, to walk together and it is clear to all that the passionate call of the apostle applies to us as participants.

The prayer was followed by a vivid exchange about coping with the situation during the coronavirus pandemic, which is still ongoing.

The theme, “SISTERS IN SORORAL COMMUNION IN AND FOR THE WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY”, was taken from the article of Sister Anna Sanchez Boira, MHSFN, and was discussed in detail by the Sisters of both Leaderships. How can we live the “Sisterly Religious Life” in our communities? In small groups, the Sisters tried to reflect on the topic using a questionnaire and to summarize the statements in important points, which were then presented in the plenary.

In the afternoon, the Provincial Leadership presented their concerns and questions to the General Leadership. Sister Johanna Vogl, Superior General, pointed out practical concerns of the General Leadership and a way that we can move forward together in the leadership.  

Sister Júlia, General Vicar, showed through the pictures of Power-Point presentation the life and the current events of the other Provinces and Region. The meeting was closed with dinner and Vespers.

                                                                 Sister M. Eva Windt 

 

 

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Human and Spiritual Maturity in a Religious Community

The on-going formation is an important task for our Congregation, which is also devoted to the group of Sisters who are approaching retirement age. It is a transitional period of life – from active age to the beginning of slowing down age. The General Leadership offers support for the Sisters of the Slovak Province through meetings on the following topics:

  • Accept and shape the transition to active older age
  • Letting go, becoming free for ... by giving up...
  • Rediscover the mission in the current phase of my life
  • Deepening of the spiritual life and the personal charisma in older age.

Unfortunately, in 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic, only two meetings were held for 31 Sisters, ages 61-66.

What is our wish for the Sisters who have attended these formation meetings?

Keep in mind in your daily life what has become important to you during these meetings in your relationship with God and people, where you live – in following Jesus, our Redeemer, in the footsteps of our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie. May you, with the grace of God, be able to implement what you have been able to newly recognize and deepen in it. 

Sister M. Júlia and Sister M. Margit 


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Consecration of the Chapel in the New Generalate

Solemn Holy Mass on September 9, 2020

On September 9, 2020, the Feast of Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger, our Foundress, the Diocesan Bishop, Ägidius Zsifkovics, consecrated our chapel. He dedicated the chapel to Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger.

During the homily, the Bishop expressed his relationship to our Congregation and his gratitude for everything he received from the Sisters of our Congregation since his time of study.

He wishes our Congregation to carry on the three views of our Foundress, namely,

  • - The view on the Crucified whom she loved and consecrated her life, bearing her cross, she followed Him,
  • - The view of the community to build it up in simplicity and unity for service in the kingdom of God,
  • - The view of society in order to perceive the needs of the people of their time and to help people through the advice of seekers and through their service to the poor, sick and neglected children. 

The Bishop expressed his gratitude that our Congregation works in his Diocese and for the prayers. He encouraged the Sisters to bear witness through their lives for Christ, crucified and the risen one, and to pray for new vocations.

“Let this be your constant desire and focus
that all people will venerate Christ in the Eucharist,
to know Him better and meet Him.”
(Blessed Alphonse
Marie Eppinger)

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“I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live” (Jn 11:25).

 

In the light of the Easter sun the mysteries of the earth get new light. (Friedrich von Bodelschwingh).

“The resurrection of Christ is the principle of new life for every man and every woman, for true renewal always begins from the heart, from the conscience. Yet, Easter is also the beginning of the new world, set free from the slavery of sin and death; the world opened at last to the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of love, peace and fraternity. Christ is alive and He remains with us. Risen, He shows us the light of His face, and He does not abandon all those experiencing hardship, pain and sorrow.” (Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi, 2019)

Especially now, in this challenging time, the message of the resurrection is the source of strength and the motivation for sincerity, prudence, and staying calm. Christians are, no less, afflicted with fear, worry, and doubt about the future. Yet, we want to raise our heads because our redemption is at hand, (cf. Lk 21:28), because we are drawn into His resurrection.

May this conviction strengthen our concern for people. May we draw strength and energy from this hope for the future. May the Church, our Communities, and families become the places of hope, although at a healthy “social distance”. May our belief in the resurrection enable us to do it.

Have a blessed Easter in hope and trust.
The Sisters of the General Administration
 
 

 

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