Congregational Ongoing Formation Course
Manaus, July 27 – August 9, 2019
We are a group of sixteen (16) Sisters, coming from different continents and countries, working in different realities and cultures, with the aim of “Strengthening the joy of self-giving in prayer and in serving migrants, to strengthen the religious missionary Scalabrinian identity “.
We are grateful to God and to the Congregation for having received the opportunity of these days to deepen, learn and reflect on various aspects of our consecrated life. The topics addressed in this first part were: “Humanization of our relationships and the importance of non-violent communication, to get to know each other better and relate in a balanced and harmonious way in our communities and also in the society. We also reflected on some significant aspects of our founder, Blessed Scalabrini and co-founders, the Venerable Fr. Joseph Marchetti and Blessed Assunta Marchetti, highlighting their missionary spirit, their self-giving and holiness of life, which today motivate us to follow and enthusiastically take on our mission together with migrants and refugees.
We are in Manaus, the heart of the Amazon, and we are being hosted in the Mornese Retreat House of the Salesian Sisters. The meeting is taking place in a pleasant atmosphere of prayer, reflection and integration of all participants. The cultural tour, was realized in the first day, which allowed us to see and admire the natural and cultural beauties of this small earthly paradise.
We had the opportunity to meet, share and celebrate with Bishop José Albuquerque, Auxiliary Bishop of Manaus, with the Scalabrinian Sisters, priests and lay missionaries of the community of Manaus, together with the Sisters and Salesian formands.
A fraternal embrace,
Sr. Fátima Pereira, mscs and Sr. Clarice Barp, mscs