Having left Montgeron, the sisters of the general Council, the capitulars of the provinces
the United States,
the Republic of South Africa,
and West Africa
arrived at La Salle at the beginning of the afternoon.
With the sound of the bells, they were welcome
by all the sisters of the House that were able to move.
Great joy of meeting again…
Meeting took place with the delegates of associate members and partners in service of education and in medico –social service. The morning was spent with the associate members, the partners from France and the sisters from the provinces witnessing on how the common project of evangelization is lived. In the afternoon each province presented a work and the richness of the real-life experiences of the sisters with the people.
It was a very enriching meeting for everyone with the sharing of the same charism and the wish expressed and felt to live the commun project of evangelization.
Through total adherence to Jesus Christ
reveal that He is alive.
By the cordiality and simplicity of our relationships with others,
witness that He is near.
By our willingness
to respond to the needs of others,
Announce that His Love is universal.
The capitulars went on pilgrimage to La Fouquette, on foot or by car, to entrust the general chapter to Mother Marie.
Group after group we prayed together in Mother Marie’s room under the leadership of Sister Genevieve.
After the reading of the commitment of Mother Marie, we sang in different languages
« All for the glory of God » and
« The Sacred Heart loved the souls so much ».
At 5.00 p.m. some sisters from the French Province, some friends of the Congregation and some inhabitants of La Salle de Vihiers gathered round the capitulars for the opening celebration.
A very enriching and touching celebration whose main points were :
Opening hymn : To move forward together on the same road…
Proclamation of the gospel of the Transfiguration
Litany of the saints during the procession of the capitulars and all the participants to the tombs of the founders.
Profession of faith
Sister Geneviève Pénisson called us one by one.
We answered «present» before receiving from her hands a little candle, sign of the Holy Spirit.
All the capitulars being in the choir, the Superior general declared the Général Chapter open.
The capitulars going out towards the chapter room.
Sister Geneviève led the way carrying the icon of the Transfiguration
and Father Keradec followed the procession carrying the book of the Word.
On the arrival in the chapter room, the icon and the book were disposed to accompany us during the three weeks. It was the beginning of the recollection which will go on until the following evening with the theme : « To make up one’s interior mind» preached by Father Keradec.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we started listening to the provinces, who shared with us their joys and sorrows, their experiences of the last six years.
In a fraternal atmosphere, everyone shared in different ways and in truth. This allowed us to know the reality of each province and reinforced our belonging to a same religious family.
On Thursday, July 11 th, the Superior general presented us the moral report of the congregation for the last six years with lucidity and hope. After a few clarifying questions, the secretary general presented the Statistical report.
in the morning, we gathered in commissions and began to think about the orientations for the future. In the afternoon, the treasurer general presented us the financial report, the activities of the office of the treasurer general since the last chapter and the condition of the FIE.
we returned in commissions to continue working on the orientations for the future. Every day, the working periods in assembly allow us to deepen what was heard and Father Keradec plays well his part of moderator and facilitates the exchanges between us.
We want to thank the Province France which assumed the logistic preparation so that each sister may feel well and, effectively we feel comfortable here.
We also feel supported by the prayer of each member of our spiritual family : sisters, associates, partners.
When, after listening all these realities, we are going to search together the priorities for the future, the orientations to choose, we rely on your prayer.
The information committee of the chapter
Sr Valérie Besin
Sr Yvette Nutsugan
Sr Edwige Rasoa
May your Love, Lord, stun us!