Rainbow gradient divider.

Graphic of pen and parchment paper with words: Notes from Liverpool.

Members of the Chapter reflect I ...

Thank you for the ongoing support of your prayer and your interest. It is always a treat for us to check the message board!.

On this page, you can learn something about five FCJs, perhaps learn something of their present ministry and read what they think/feel about the Chapter so far.

Marion Dooley fcJ

Born in Bruff, Co Limerick, Marion entered the Society in 1971.
She has lived in Ireland, England, Belgium, Italy, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.
Marion was missioned to Myanmar five years ago when the FCJ Sisters were invited by Archbishop Charles Bo to open a community there.

 

Photo of Marion fcJ.Marion writes about her ministry and mission in Myanmar

I work with trainee teachers from the poorer rural areas of Myanmar. I teach literature and use the texts, novels and poetry to help the women to explore their own lives and life in general.

I have taken classes of working women in the evening time—these women often have had no access to further education; I love working with them because they are so thirsty for input, It is such a different style for them and they love the interaction with the material and the way in which I encourage them to process it. (Teaching in Myanmar is often done through a didactic style so this is a fresh approach.)

I do work in retreats and spiritual direction— I love the interaction on the personal level which enriches my understanding. I also work with youth formators and help to give seminars.

Comments on the Experience of Chapter so far

Well, as usual it has been fantastic meeting FCJ’s from all over the world— living in Myanmar where there are only a few it widens my circle of interaction and  I love that part of it— it puts me in touch with the wider society and gives me a feel of what is going on around the world.

I was particularly touched by the province presentations because it really brought home to me the breadth of the Society and the work that is going on—the mission of the Society extends into so many countries and cultural contexts.

With regard to the Chapter Process…

This is a very new process that I haven't been introduced to before—I am very happy with it and have great faith in Barbara Valuckas. She is very experienced in facilitation and she exudes a great sense of peace and confidence.

I love that in this process every voice has equal access and can be heard. At this stage we are at the beginning of the labour pains and I am sure that over the next days there will be many contractions – but no doubt great joy when the baby is born!!!

There is a great sense of unity – all our hearts are in this to find the best way forward at this time.

 


 

Beta Suryawati fcJBeta fcJ.

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia. She entered the Society in 1998. A graduate of ancient Javanese, Beta is now a fully trained Social Worker. She has been missioned in various parts of Asia and now lives in Ende, Flores. Beta is local leader of the Ende community and accompanies postulants and aspirants.

 

Beta’s comments on the Chapter

Really great! There is plenty of time given to prayer, reflection and sharing. I mean sharing of faith not simply of knowledge. For me it strengthens my feeling of belonging to the whole Society because of living and working alongside women from various countries and cultures who have a wide range of experiences in ministry. It is amazing to me how far reaching our ministries are. This is God’s business—somehow it happens. I am learning so much here.

 


 

Denise fcJ.Denise Mulcahy fcJ

Born in Melborne, Australia, entered the Society in 1959. A gifted musician Denise taught music in Australia and spent many years in the UK as General Secretary of the Society. Now she is active in an organisation against the trafficking of humans. (ACRATH)

Denise’s Comments on the Chapter

I am really enjoying the process. I find the venue conducive to both reflection and maintaining good interpersonal relationships with all in our group. The beauty of the gardens and the 90 years of history of the presence of the Society of Jesus in this place gives a sense of being part of a tradition which has made a difference in people's lives.

 


 

Ruth Casey fcJ

Born in Penarth, Wales, Ruth entered the Society in 1967. She has lived in England, France, Italy, Indonesia, Scotland, Wales and Romania. She speaks English, French, Romanian, Italian and some Indonesian.

Ruth fcJ.Ministry
My main ministry is that I am local leader of the community in Romania, I am on the Provincial council, and do some spiritual direction and retreat work. I animate the Companions in Mission group in Galaţi and am involved in some parish outreach.

My feelings on the Chapter so far

I find the process very freeing and participative. It is just very easy to enter in and there is a sense that everybody’s contribution is valued.  There is a sense in which it is very relaxed—the Faith sharing each morning and the simple Eucharist— there is an ease about the way in which we are operating.

I think Loyola Hall is ideal as a setting—there is space, lovely chapels, the grounds are beautiful— it has the amenities of a hotel but with the spiritual atmosphere that makes us feel at home. There is also a simplicity about it.

The faith sharing is a very powerful way of beginning each day.

 


 

Lynne Baron fcJ

Lynne fcJ.

Born in Blackpool, UK. Lynne entered the Society in 1993. Lynne has lived in England and Romania and is currently involved in the newest community of the Society in New Cross, London where she is local leader. Lynne is involved in vocations ministry for the Province of Europe and is also Chaplain at two South London Universities.

Lynne’s Comments on the Chapter

When we meet together as FCJ’s I am always struck by the great diversity amongst us and yet the way in which we so easily find common ground together. Being here at the Chapter is a wonderful experience of the richness of our Society and the great trust and confidence we place in each other and in God leading us.

I am enjoying the process — we start each day with faith-sharing on the Gospel and I find the richness of this sharing really energising. It clearly situates the work of the day in our commitment to the Gospel, and it deepens our level of openness to each other when we have such graced insights into how God is at work day by day in each person.

I am excited by the challenge of seeking together where God is calling our Society — religious life is a call to risk saying our ‘Yes’ to God wherever that takes us.