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Eight FCJs Attend Vocations Conference in Indiana, USA

Eight FCJs representing seven nationalities and living in six different countries attended the 13th annual Vocations Conference at the= Kordes Retreat Center run by the Sisters of St Benedict Monastery in Ferdinand Indiana.from April 4th to 8th, 2006.  We appreciated the interesting presentations and the opportunities to share wisdom and experience with others attending the Conference, including an international group of four IBVM sisters.

We had monastic liturgies and experienced living in a very large monastery which made any of our FCJ houses past and present seem small! 

Our challenge is to adapt the success of a monastic model to our widely scattered international community.

Group of FCJs and IBVM's at the Conference.In her talk, “Why not be turned into fire?”, the Prioress referred to what is often called at present, the “vocation crisis”. “We can view it as “disaster” in that it appears to be a very real threat to the viability of religious life.  Or. . .we may find that it is a “blessing” in that is causes us to step back and ask ourselves some very difficult questions … questions that need to be asked!

One of our activities was a ritual marking the death of “I can’t”, a phrase which seems to become a major hurdle in vocation awareness and promotion.  We heard and saw lived in action that ‘vocations are everyone’s responsibility’.

Photos of FCJs at the Conference

We profited from a free afternoon which took place during a ‘hurricane watch’; some of our outings were curtailed, but four of us made it to nearby Amish country where we saw great examples of the beautiful farms and the simplicity of the people! We stopped at an Amish cultural centre and restaurant; while there the tornado watch turned into a ‘warning’ and we had to stay put until the ‘warning’ was over.  We were told that if the tornadoes came near we would be offered the hospitality of the walk-in refrigerators!

Photo of FCJ Group.We spent the last day of the Conference as a group of FCJs planning for the future.  Let’s hope some of the ideas generated bear fruit in the months to come.  Perhaps that was the major blessing of the Conference … the opportunity to meet together as FCJs.

FCJ Sisters from left to right:
Luminiţa (Romania), Cecilia (Australia), Lorenza (Italy), Mary Rose (Canada), Maryrose (Australia/Indonesia),
Ellen (USA/Canada), Geraldine and Phyllis (Ireland)

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Unsere kleine Gemeinschaft hat das Ziel,
     mit allen Mitteln ihrer Macht
           das Herz Jesus zu ehren ...     (Marie Madeleine)