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Three Months for a Whole Life: Preparation for Final Vows
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Group: Back Row (L-R): Marie, Margarita, Lynne, Paula
Back Row (L-R): Marie, Margarita, Lynne, Paula
Front Row (L-R): Agnes, Juana, Afra, Katherine Mary

On September 10th we FCJs came together as a community in Stella Maris, Broadstairs, England, to begin three months of preparation for our final vows. Afra Primadiana (Indonesia), Agnes Rosliana Samosir (Indonesia), Juana Rios (Bolivia), Lynne Baron (England), Marie (Belgium), accompanied by Margarita Byron and Katherine Mary O'Flynn. Over these months we have enjoyed forming community with all the richness and challenge of such an international group.

The programme for the three months included time for study and reflection on aspects of our FCJ life, especially the Constitutions, discernment and the vows, and how these relate to our service with God’s people across the world. We took time to look deeper into the life of Marie Madeleine. And we had time to consider what psychology can teach us for our personal and community lives. We were also involved in apostolic work once a week in various places in the neighbourhood where a couple of us worked with disabled children, one in a shelter for the homeless and two more in community cafés which have an advice centre attached. We had many opportunities to pray together and to explore different ways of praying using clay, music and dance, as well as lots of time to deepen our personal relationship with Jesus.

A concern for justice in our world is always foremost in our minds and we have tried to express this in small actions such as letter writing and attention to ethical, economic and ecological issues in our buying. A 'high point' was participating in the lively Trade Justice Parade in London (of which CAFOD and Christian Aid are leading promoters) and which concluded in Trafalgar Square. About 8,000 people took part in the Parade (a significant 18 of which were FCJs)!!

Trade Justice Banner.
Trade Justice Banner

FCJ Group at the Start of the Trade Justice Parade.
FCJ Group at the Start of the Trade Justice Parade

We have enjoyed the company of the Loreto Sisters, a group of whom have been living close to us during a further year of formation. We joined with them for some sessions together on culture, identity and Ignatian spirituality. We also had contact with another FCJ group in novitiate formation who are currently living in Gumley (London) and together we shared much on our life, our hopes and our dreams.

In the Park with the Novitiate Group.
In the Park with the Novitiate Group

With them we had sessions on creation spirituality and interfaith dialogue. During the latter, we were welcomed by the Jesuit community in Southall, (a very multi-faith area of London), who shared much with us and guided our visits to places of worship of other faiths in the locality.

Group at Entrance to Sihk Place of Worship with Michael Barnes, SJ
Group at Entrance to Sihk Place of Worship with Michael Barnes, SJ

Do you think that's enough for three months?!

As we finish our time together and begin the New Year of 2002, we pray that the peace, love and justice that Christ always brings may be even more visible in our world today.

Here we are again:

Group with Christine Frost fcJ (2nd from left) where she works in inner-city London.
Group with Christine Frost fcJ (2nd from left) where she works in inner-city London

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Nuestra pequeña Sociedad tiene como fin
     glorificar el corazón de Jesús
           por todos los medios a su alcance…     (Marie Madeleine)