Congregational Gathering 2012
Our Congregational Gathering 2012 took place in the beautiful surroundings of the Conference Centre of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Dromantine, Northern Ireland. The journey to this sacred place stemmed from over two years of reflecting together on our lived experience in the light of the Gospel and direction of the Congregation. Reflecting on our shared story we became more aware that our journey as a Congregation to this moment in time is held within the unfolding Mystery of God’s love.
At Dromantine we experienced great life and energy. We were blessed during our time together by enriching and challenging input from various speakers, our own sharing, dialogue and discernment, rituals and times of stillness not to mention all the hard work.
Our experience of the Mystery of Oneness was further strengthened by the support, prayers and blessings we received from our Sisters and Friends all over the world and our Gathering on the Open Day. We were delighted that through the wonder of modern communication many more people from across the globe had an opportunity to journey with us.
During the first two weeks of our Gathering we focussed on our Constitutions and Directives Our Way of Life. The text that we engaged with was the fruit of much prayer, reflection and sharing which involved all the sisters in the Congregation. While the work was painstaking and detailed there was a real sense of being faithful to our founding charism and mission. As we embrace anew Our Way of Life, may we be inspired to an ever deeper commitment to embody the Mystery of Love in the living of our consecrated life.
Our Direction Statement emerged from our reflection and sharing on Our Way of Life, and our deepening experience of the Spirituality of being in Communion. It gives a particular focus for our life, especially during the next six years. The Direction calls us to greater fidelity to our charism, and invites us to continue our pilgrim journey rooted in the Mystery of God. To read our Direction Statement click here.