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"Christ rose from the dead. Life has overcome death."

(Easter Liturgy)

“We Christians believe and know that the resurrection of Christ is the true hope of the world, the hope that does not deceive. It is the power of the grain of wheat, the power of that love that humbles and gives itself to the end. This power really renews the world.”  (Pope Francis)

May this hope vitalize us anew,
That in this hope we go out and walk in the modern world,
That we draw strength and joy from this hope,
And make our Church a place of hope.
May the joy of the Resurrection of our Lord strengthen us on our way of hope.
 

Blessed Easter Celebration in hope and joy
The General Administration


Gratitude and New Mission

A Thanksgiving Holy Mass for the beatification of our Foundress, Alphonse Marie Eppinger, was celebrated on April 6, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the General Motherhouse in Rome. This Thanksgiving Holy Mass was also a farewell for our neighbors, friends, known priests and religious women, because the seat of the Generalate will be transferred to Austria.
Among the invited guests was Sister M. Katarína Krištofová, Postulator for the beatification process of Alphonse Marie. She carried the relic of the new blessed during the entrance procession to the chapel.
The Superior General, Sister Johanna Vogl, welcomed all present. She briefly presented the history of the work in Rome and expressed gratitude, mainly, to God and to all, who worked with us and supported us in Rome.
The celebrant, Father Paolo Bertollo SP, in his homily, highlighted the spiritual good which was brought through the witnesses of the Sisters, who lived in this community in Rome.
The agape, followed by Holy Mass, was for all present. It was a nice time of spontaneous conversations, memories, as well as, visions to the future.  
One of the guests wrote into our chronicle: “When you close the doors, you open your windows!”
We are aware of the need to be open to the signs of our time. In the spirit of Blessed Alphonse Marie, we want to accept the people without distinction and constantly offer open hearts and hands to the most needy. 
Long-term decision-making process about the seat of the Generalate is completed. We are leaving to live closer to our provinces. We believe that we walking the path that our Lord prepared for us.

The General Administration   


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“Do not be afraid; for behold,
I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Lk 2: 10 – 11).


The Good News of Christmas is more relevant today than ever. It encourages us to see our own situation as well as of the world.

The following words of our Holy Father Francis inspire us to renew in us the mystery of Christmas: “This is the joy that we tonight are called to share, to celebrate and to proclaim. It is the joy with which God in his infinite mercy has embraced us pagans, sinners and foreigners, and demands us to do the same.
Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ. In this Child, God invites us to be messengers of hope. He invites us to become sentinels for all those who bowed down by the despair born of encountering so many closed doors. In this child, God makes us agents of His hospitality.” (Pope Francis)

We are invited to follow Him in all our actions, for He has become man who brought us His love and gave His life for us.

In this merciful year of the Beatification of Mother Alphonse Marie and the 170th anniversary of the foundation of our Congregation, we wish you and us to be touched by the Christmas mystery and to be strengthened in your vocation.

I encourage you to be messengers of joy, hope and peace where ever you meet, serve and help people, in your community, in the Church and in the world. 

The SDR General Leadership   

 

Together on the Way

On December 7-9,2018, at the Generalate in Rome a meeting was held of the General Leadership with the new Provincial Superiors from Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia.

The theme of the meeting was “Implementation of Authority in the Mature Community”. The discussion helped us to better understand that the authority must be attractive and should encounter Sisters as equals. It would be meaningful for all of us to share our joys and sorrows, to understand how we can grow, help and support each other in love, especially in difficult situations. We have come to intensive listening from much talking. First of all, we have to listen to our God, recognize His plans, do according to His will, and let Him to work within us.  

The meeting was a time of deepening sisterhood among us, and a time of planning into the future. With joy, we honestly searched for God’s will for the Provinces. Now, we set off again on the path of trust. The hope and trust can transform our hearts, as well as our affairs, so they can mature and be changed. If we see our goal clearly, we can move forward step by step.

The SDR General Leadership


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 ”The spirit of the Daughters of the Divine Redeemer should be the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” 
(Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger) 

Many of us are still under the strong experiences from the Beatification of our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie. A great joy and enthusiasm filled us from the celebration in Strasburg. The Congregations, which originated from the foundation of Blessed Alphonse Marie, has been developed in diversity, which shows the fullness of redemption as well as the need of redemption of people. This becomes more clear to us.

The Beatification is also the beginning of the Jubilee year of the foundation of our Congregation on August 28, 1849. In 2019, we will celebrate the 170th anniversary of foundation of our Congregation. On this occasion, according to her tradition, the Church grants us, a plenary indulgence. The Decree about indulgence, granted from September 10, 2018 to August 28, 2019 and its translation, are in the Annex of this circular. This opportunity, which the Church offers us, let us use it responsibly for our personal life of faith and the spiritual development.

The Beatification and granted indulgence are the signs that as the Church, and at the same time in the Church, we can draw from the treasure of faith, the life, experiences and graces. The joy from the Beatification and the desire to gain indulgence should not push it into the shadows, of the center of Christian message – God, in Jesus became man, to redeem us.

Beatification of our Foundress showed us clearly how strongly our Foundress lived the mystery of redemption and how redemptive and faithfully she lived her vocation, she never gave up her life. Her urgent request for us is completed in her statement:  “The spirit of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer should be the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” (Original Rule I, III)

If we believe God is loving, and receptive of people, He should also be notable and visible in our lives, actions, communities, prayers and works, simply in every situation of our life. Let us continue to bear witness to this God-loving and merciful love of God, let us be close to the people and accept them as they are so the redemption, liberation and conversion become.

Blessed Alphonse Marie, pray for us!

(From the letter of the Superior General to the Feast of the Divine Redeemer 2018)

The Decree:


A Prayer of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer
and their Associates


Lord, Jesus Christ,
You entrusted to the Church
to preach and live Your message.
Thank You for Your trust
that You put into people.
Thank You for our Blessed Mother Alphonse Marie,
who is the example for us.
Give us the gifts that she put in her work:
trust and self-confidence, courage and joy,
responsibility and solidarity,
tenderness for those who suffer, and willingness to help those who need it the most.
Strengthen our faith that we do not escape from the world and its challenges.
Wake in us the hope in order to spread joy
and sow the seed where we care about people.
Strengthen our love that we cooperate responsibly
on development of the Church and the society, where people are the center.
Let our community be a beginning
for Your kingdom, which is coming. Amen.


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