On the evening of Tuesday 16th June 2015, some 20 or so people gathered at St Patrick’s Church Hill in Sydney for a Marist QandA session focussing on Marist Religious Life during this Year of Consecrated Life. The panelists representing the four Religious Congregations of the Marist Family, Celina Gavia sm, Greg McDonald fms, Paul Mahony sm and Noreen Dunne smsm, answered questions and discussed issues regarding Marist Religious Life and our Mission in the 21st Century. A further session is being planned for Tuesday 1 September.
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The Marist Sisters are very conscious of the fact their recent General Chapter took place within the Year of Consecrated Life. At a recent gathering of Marist Sisters in Australia, the General Chapter Delegates shared their experience of the General Chapter. In response the Sisters present engaged in a process to begin developing a Design for Life for Marist Sisters in Australia. While gathered the Sisters also took the opportunity to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. Fr Bob Barber, Provincial of the Marist Fathers, presided at the Eucharist for this celebration. At the afternoon tea following this Mass the sisters congratulated and farewelled Srs Grace Ellul, newly elected Congregational Leader, and Vivienne Goldstein, newly elected General Councillor. Grace and Vivienne will leave for Rome at the end of June.
During the Year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis has invited Religious to Wake up the World. How do we do that as a Marist sister? One way we hope to do this is by the relationships we have with others, especially those to whom we minister. Sr Celina Gavia explains that for her one aspect of being Marist is extending hospitality to those who are in need. Hear what she has to say by clicking here.
The Year of Consecrated Life which began on 30th November invites all who have consecrated their lives to God “to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and to embrace the future with hope.” (From the Vatican, 21 November 2014, Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary). The latest Marist Sisters: Region of Asia-Pacific Newsletter gives an indication of how the Marist Sisters are living this challenge. Download a copy of the newsletter here.
Pope Francis has invited us to celebrate a Year of Consecrated Life, beginning on 30th November 2014 and concluding on 2nd February 2016. He urges us: “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!” (November 2013) For Marist Sisters these words – reminiscent of our founder Fr Colin’s expression to think, judge, feel and act as Mary – impel us to enter more deeply into our Marist vocation. We are called to be prophets in today’s world – prophets of joy and hope – called to follow Christ in the manner of Mary, called to be Women of the Word, Embracing Life. As we prepare for our 2015 General Chapter in this Year of Consecrated Life, we go forth on our journey of renewal, growing more deeply into Christ and living the Gospel in the spirit of Mary, whose name we bear. (Logo: Catholic Religious Australia)