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Anniversary Celebrations

Our Congregation will soon celebrate two significant jubilees. On August 29, 2019, we will celebrate the 170th Anniversary of the foundation of our Congregation and on September 9, 2019, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the Beatification of our Foundress, Mother Alphonse Marie.

The life journey of Blessed Alphonse Marie was strenuous from her childhood through the foundation of the Congregation.
It was God’s plan given to the poor and unknown girl, because God “chose the weak of the world” (1 Cor 1:27) to do great things.

Blessed Alphonse Marie was confident in her vocation. While founding the Congregation, she was aware that the Redeemer entrusted her “the seed” and a great responsibility. God’s gift is multiplied in the hands of those who love “more” and try to live according to His will.  

To these upcoming particular days, the Superior General, Sr. Johanna Vogl, wrote to her Sisters, “Blessed Alphonse Marie was showing others that God is in everything, as she expressed, “See God alone, see God in our neighbor, see God in everything!
Accept this special situation as a challenge to testify to God, who is always with us on our way. He has been with us in every period of our lives as “God with us”. In this perspective, let’s evaluate every period of our lives. It is a precious opportunity which can lead us closer to God, who always feeds, keeps, and strengthens us.
Let’s stay in faith on the path as Abraham did. Thus, we will be able to live our faith on the path and develop it without any fear. With respect, attentiveness and fidelity, and with our eyes fix on Jesus, let’s build our communities in openness for change and conversion.
We live in a time of rapid transformation. If we fix our consecrated lives on the One who called us, we will walk through our everyday life peacefully and hopefully. We will develop the life style appropriate to the Gospel and we will live happily and be satisfied all the time.

 

 

We will celebrate these anniversaries looking to the past, which was given to us, with hope and gratitude. We look to Jesus, whom God gave us, with confidence and courage and bring testimony to Him.”

General Leadership     

 Terciate 2019

The goal of a spiritual deepening of the Sisters, who celebrated their Silver Religious Jubilee, was to consider the religious life in the light of the Gospel and in the spirit of our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie and to renew their vocation.
The meeting was attended by a group of 7 Sisters (one Sister from the Austrian Province and six Sisters from the Slovak Province). This group was accompanied by the General Leadership. The meeting was held from June 26 to July 6, 2019 in Oberbronn (France), the places of the foundation of our Congregation.

It was outstanding to come in the places of the foundation of our Congregation and to consider our religious vocation, God’s work and grace in us and also to thank for a fruitful time.
During the Thanksgiving, at Holy Mass in the oratory, where the reliquary of Blessed Alphonse Marie is placed, the Jubilarians renewed their vows. Renewal of vows is not the repetition of a formula or the solidification in immobility. Renewal of vows means to renew the path of following Christ. 

In today’s world, it means to hear Jesus’ call again and to decide, as a community, how we can be meaningful today and to become the yeast for the world in the spirit of our charism.
These days were truly a strengthening of our faith and our vocation.
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The meeting with the General Leadership, the Provincial Superiors and the Regional Superior was held on June 18, 2019, in Eisenstadt.

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” (1 Pt 3:15)

This informative meeting followed the previous meeting held in December 2018, with an opportunity to discuss the matter of facts, wishes and ideas.
“Today, when it is a great movement, to be in the service of leading, asks for new abilities. We have to be aware that the management of a religious institute looks different today than before or after the Council” stressed the Superior General, Sister Johanna Vogl, in her speech.

She gave some questions to the Major Superiors of the Provinces and the Region: What is important today? What is our task? Who we are today? Who are we on the global level? Where should we work together, to create networks, build bridges within our religious order as well as out of our religious order?

The spirituality of understanding leads us to small, yet meaningful gestures of compassion, which gives us hope.
Everything around us is on the move. The ground under our feet is shifting. The Institutions, which formed most of our lives, must be subjected to a profound examination of conscience. Besides the challenges, which changes religious life, we see the dawn. A new, smaller, and global religious life springs.
Pope Francis stresses that the future has a name, and the name of the future is the hope. Thus, with sensitive, simple and loving manner, we can retrieve peace and the dignity of human being.
With this task the Provincial Superiors of the Austrian, Slovak and Hungarian Province and the American Region parted.

 General Leadership      

The Canonical Visitation of the General Superior
of the Slovak Province

Superior General, Sister Johanna Vogl, made the canonical visitation of the Slovak Province from May 16th to June 15th. She made her canonical visitation in the community of the Slovak Sisters in the Vatican, College Teutonico on March 18, 2019.

Right now, in the Jubilee year of the 170th Anniversary of the foundation of our Congregation (August 28, 1849) and almost a year after the beatification of our Foundress, Mother Alphonse Marie, the visitation was a time when the Superior General and the Sisters of the Slovak Province could bravely and hopefully discover God's footprints in their lives, in the life of our Congregation, the Church and the world.
The motto of the visitation was: “With the Lord is fullness of redemption.” The Sisters accompanied the words of our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie: “Take courage! God is with you!”

Sister Johanna visited sixteen communities of the Slovak Province and she talked personally with each Sister. It was her concern to meet all those who walk the path with the Sisters, those who support them and who work with them. She met twelve groups of the Associates of our Congregation.
Sr. Johanna encouraged all with the words: “Be convinced that it is God who is walking with us, leads us and never leaves us! “

 SDR General Administration    

 

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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


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