The Annual Summer Gathering of Columban Sisters from near and far evolved around the needs and challenges of Mission in our world today and how each community is called to use to the full the gifts given by the Spirit of God.
The keyword phrase was CHARISM TODAY. An integral feature of the days was was that input and discussion sessions were interspersed with times of prayer and reflection for the work of Mission is God’s, not ours and so fidelity to the call is essential.
CHARISM TODAY was the topic presented by Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu MSC who highlighted the following points:
The second day’s input was on MISSION TODAY – a brief overview of how religious have adjusted themselves to respond to the most pressing needs of their time. In Diarmuid’s opinion some of the skills that religious need for the future are the following:
Following on from this input, three questions were given to the assembly to ponder on and share together:
The second day began with Morning Prayer for the Feast of St Benedict prepared and led by Sister Maura Lyden.
MISSION in ACTION was then unfolded through inputs from Sisters from four different missions:
Kathleen Geaney shared on the Myanmar mission; Marie Galvin described the current political situation in Pakistan; and Mary Neylon’s focus was on the Peru Mission with particular attention given to Huaycan.
Throughout the second day many memories were relived and shared and we were updated on the very diverse expressions of mission in which we are involved around the world. And of course, there was time for informal sharing in between the inputs, discussion and reflection. We were reminded in many ways that the living out of our Columban Charism is at all times best expressed, as in our community motto, ‘Let us be Christ’s, not our own.’
In many ways the days together highlight that the living out of our Columban Charism is at all times best expressed, as in our community motto, ‘Let us be Christ’s, not our own.’