How would I promote vocation for Women in Religious Life in the College for boys? I do not know. However, in Community, we have a holy hour every Monday evening, praying for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
Every two years, I visit my family in Samoa. Recently, I was involved in my homeland parish in Samoa while I was on holiday, joining the choir, helping out in the Youth Group and visiting other Sectors of the Parish with our Parish Priest. There is vocation awareness in this community. I pray that my influence will attract some young women to the Marist Sisters.
Mary, our Mother and Jeanne Marie Chavoin, our Foundress:
Pray with us for vocations now and forever.
Marist Sisters in the Sector of Australia gathered in the Chapel at Woolwich on Saturday 3rd July to celebrate in prayer the life of Jeanne-Marie Chavoin, Foundress of the Marist Sisters, whose feastday had occurred a few days earlier. At the conclusion of their prayer each sister was given a copy of the booklet “Still They Have No Wine”, a programme of readings and reflections that will assist in responding to the call of the General Chapter 2008.
In her letter to the sisters Sr Gail, Sector Leader of Australia writes: “The chapter’s call to attend, as it did, to Mary’s way of thinking, feeling, judging and acting at Cana alerts each of us to sharpen our sensitivity to the needs or our contemporary world….Our initial efforts to address this question have led us to express a desire to offer to our world, and indeed to each other, the wine of hope and hospitality.”
Sr Teri O’Brien, director of the Jeanne-Marie Chavoin centre in Belley, France, recently spent time in New Zealand and Australia. Arriving in New Zealand on January 9th, that same day she travelled with Lorraine to Totara Point for the special Mass commemorating the arrival there of Bishop Pompallier. While in the North they visited Motuti where the Bishop’s remains are enshrined. Teri’s busy schedule included being present at the Marist Youth Leaders’ meeting in Christchurch and giving presentations in schools of the New Zealand Network of Marist Schools, which have benefited from her insights into our Marist heritage.
During her week in Sydney, Teri met with nearly all the Marist Sisters in Sydney. There were gatherings at Marian House and at Marrickville. A picnic originally planned for the Blue Mountains eventually took place at Sefton due to inclement weather. In each case there was a lovely sharing of stories and an exchange of ministerial experiences. At Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich Teri addressed the School Assembly and enjoyed an informal lunch with the Staff. She spoke to the Cerdon College School Community at the beginning of their Opening Mass for the School Year and afterwards renewed acquaintances with the girls who participated in the 2008 Cerdon-to-Cerdon Pilgrimage. She also met those who are about to undertake the pilgrimage this year. Other significant Marist outings were to the parishes of Hunters Hill and St Patrick’s Church Hill. Teri completed her Australian experience with a visit to the museum of Blessed Mary MacKillop.