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Aufgeführte Geschichten aus der Arbeit der Schwestern

Carmel Hanley fcJ
        Companionship ... the heart of my ministry

Photo of Sr Carmel.I live in a community of three in Stretford, Manchester, not very far from where I was born.

Being in community with Gabriel and Winefride, being involved in the work — physical, emotional and spiritual — of living companionship, within and beyond the community, is at the heart of my ministry, and has become increasingly important to me since reaching the age of retirement.

Our community is based in St Ann’s parish in Stretford. I love the contacts here with parishioners and neighbours. As a member of the SVP Society I visit elderly and housebound women and men. We try to raise awareness of and express appreciation for the life and contribution so many elderly parishioners have made to the Church and particularly to St Ann’s over countless years. We organise special services, afternoon tea and a wonderful Christmas party for them. We welcome parishioners into our house for a monthly Scripture study group. They also enjoy coming to weekly Advent and Lent prayer and reflection groups and an Easter celebration. About a dozen or so friends from the parish regularly attend and we all find it helpful

Apart from my community and local ministry, I have a share in our wider mission. As a member of the Provincial Council, the link person between the council and the province spirituality group, a member of the Executive Board for St John’s school in Brussels and a member of the governance commission, I am able to contribute to the on-going life of the Society.

Whatever contribution I could make to community and parish life was seriously challenged when, in September 2011, I began a new ministry as non-resident Local Leader to Kersal community in Salford, and also to one sister being cared for in a home across the city, and to another sister living alone but near to Kersal. There were seven sisters at that time in Kersal. My first two years were truly a baptism of fire. A major new building project had just started, creating havoc both at the front and at the back of our large house, inside and out. We were preparing to welcome a community of elderly sisters from the other end of the country, Broadstairs, as soon as the last nail was in place. Most difficult of all for the sisters has been the loss of six of their companions in twenty months. However, the FCJ spirit is very strong and there is a growing sense of a genuine coming together into a new community, one community. There are many signs of real joy and appreciation of their beautiful surroundings, and of the quality of care that is available for their spiritual and physical health and wellbeing. Contributing to the life at Kersal is now my main ministry.

Dominique Kaufmann
        ... dienen zu können,
                   durch diese mir anvertrauten Kinder

Photo of Sr. Dominique.Ich heisse Rita Kaufmann, geboren wurde ich in Oensingen im Kanton Solothurn. Am 8. September l967 trat ich ins Kloster der Schwestern der „Treuen Gefährtinnen Jesu“ ein. Unser Noviziat war zu der Zeit in Broadstairs, Kent, England.
Dort bekam ich dann das Ordenskleid und den Namen Schwester Dominique.

Im Jahr 1970 legte ich meine ersten Gelübde ab. Dann kam ich zurück in die Schweiz, wo ich in unserem Kloster in Fribourg französisch Unterricht hatte. Wir hatten dort ein Internationales Institut für Mädchen, dort war ich für neun Jahre engagiert. In Jahr 1979 wurde ich dann in unser Kloster auf der Insel Jersey gerufen, wo wir auch eine grosse Schule hatten. 1981-1989 war ich wieder zurück in Broadstairs, wo ich noch meine Ausbildung als Kleinkind-Erzieherin machte.

Photo of Dominique in kindergarten.Im September 1989, kam ich zurück in die Schweiz, nach Naters im Kanton Wallis, ein wunderschöner Kanton umringt von Bergen. Hier begann ich mit drei Kindergärtnerinnen einen Kinderhort aufzubauen und bin nun schon 20 Jahre die Leiterin dieses Kinderhorts. Ich freue mich jeden Tag wieder neu, diese Kinder im Alter von 18 Monaten bis 5 Jahre zu betreuen und ihnen Liebe und Geborgenheit zu schenken, während sie in meiner Obhut sind. Ich finde es eine sehr schöne Aufgabe, so dem Herrgott dienen zu können, durch diese mir anvertrauten Kinder.
Cornelia Vîrgă, fcJ
        I am a teacher.. that is my mission

Photo of Sr. Cornelia. My name is Cornelia, and I made my vows in September 2008. I first thought about religious life when I was only 8 or 9 years old. I did not give too much importance to it then, but the idea came back into my mind from time to time.

Later after much searching, reflecting and discerning I knew that God could well be calling me to religious life as an FCJ Sister.  This call I felt deep down in my heart; it fulfilled all my desires, and I knew that the source of my happiness was in Jesus, and would not be found elsewhere.

After two years of Novitiate in Paris, I was missioned  to Bucharest in order to study. My first mission was to be a student, and to be prepared to serve God and my neighbour in school. I am now a primary school teacher… having completed a three year course in pedagogy at the University of Bucharest. 

As a student, I enjoyed the companionship of good friends and dedicated teachers who love the teaching profession. A nice custom in our University is that each year at Christmas time the students put on a show for the teachers and their fellow students. Working together drew us closer together. Sharing moments of emotion and joy strengthened and enriched staff/ student relationships. Every day there were new things to learn, and I realised that today I am richer than yesterday, but poorer than tomorrow.

Photo of Sr. Cornelia with her students.I am following a Master’s course in addition to teaching in a primary school not very far from where we live in FCJ community. Each morning I go to school with enthusiasm and joy, and come back home energised and full of hope. Working  with young children, each day is a new adventure !

Being a Sister  at University where so many saw me as someone different, was a challenge for me (I was different because I am a Catholic, a person under vows, without a Religious habit, and looking like everyone else.)  Being an FCJ student  among students, and now a teacher on a Primary school staff,  for me  means being with them, accepting each one as she is.  We experience wonderful times together, share our learnings, laugh together and encourage each other, and now I have many new friends.

May the Holy Spirit show each one of us how to be a good companion and friend to those we meet every day.

Christine Anderson fcJ
        Ignatian in outlook ...

Photo of Christine.Christine Anderson lives in Rome and is Director of Faith and Praxisfcj.

She works as an Organisational Analyst and Facilitator for International  Organisations and leads training events for lay people and apostolic religious in Rome and in other countries of the world especially Africa. This work focusses on the integration of faith with organisational dynamics.

She is program leader of an International Leadership Development Program in Rome which is a joint program of Faith and Praxisfcj and The Grubb Institute London. The participants are of many different nationalities and cultures.

Christine moved to Rome in 2003 after sixteen years as Founder and Director of the Craighead Institute in Glasgow, Scotland.   This Institute is an extension of the work of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius concentrating on the practical application and integration of the exercises in everyday life. 

The Training and Analytic work has a strong discernment and social justice component. Faith and Praxis are at the heart of the methodology.

Being Ignatian in outlook the work of the Institute is based on the experience of the participants, social and cultural analysis, Ignatian and scriptural reflection and organisation for action.

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