The communities of the MHSFN of the Pacific: Australia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, have celebrated the I ANNUAL ASSEMBLY, chaired by M. Montserrat del Pozo, Superior General, from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April, during the Easter Triduum.
The meeting was held online due to the impossibility of traveling to the Ende, where the Assembly was scheduled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. M. Montserrat exhorted us to respond according to our charism to the new reality of the world in the 21st Century, because looking at people with the eyes of God places us close to those who suffer and to the sisters of the community.
In the Assembly the documents that summarize the work of the 22nd Chapter 2019 were presented. M. Montserrat underlined the word CARE; the special mission of the General Curia of the “care” of the sisters and of the Congregation entrusted to it. Take care, pay attention, interest, in what we do to do the best possible; not to be distracted, nor to be dispersed people, to be able to see the needs of others, transform ourselves personally, and transform others and the environment. Our mission is to care for people, and to care as we would like to be cared for.
Especially meaningful is the document “Communities for a Nazareth without borders”, since these are the last three foundations of the Congregation, three communities that feel the need to prepare for the mission, to form and allow themselves to be configured by the Spirit; communities characterized by openness to a new culture, and who discover that our charism has no barriers to mission.
The Education document has allowed the mission to be presented to the young sisters in formation, with the sense of universality, communion and cooperation of Nazareth; and it helps to understand innovation as looking with the transforming gaze of Jesus, seeing the value of the person, discovering the hidden treasure of children and young people who are educated in our schools.
The challenges of the Congregation for this sexennium are: the presence of Nazareth in the digital media; the integral ecological conversion developed in Nazareth Cares and which requires concrete commitments from us; and interculturality, bearing in mind that people from different cultures live in these communities, makes us wonder how to generate a new culture that integrates all.
M. Montserrat thanked the three communities for the processes carried out in the three foundations: the transformative formation of Ende, the integration of Gleno and the patient contribution of Darwin.
We all appreciate the effort to organize the Assembly also in the Pacific and although the hugs have kept the physical distance of the network, there has been a communion between all the participants, an interest in knowing the Congregation, the mission and its current challenges, to love it more and experience the sense of belonging and communion in Nazareth. The three communities need each other and we must take care of ourselves and take care of the fidelity of all. M. Montserrat has thanked the religious for their presence in these foundations - we have appreciated the trust that Nazareth has in each one - and has asked us to take good root in culture, and in the culture itself; allow Nazareth to also penetrate the lives of the sisters in formation; and that God's dream for each one of us and for Nazareth come true.