To Hope, to Share, to be United for a stronger Church

Following her meeting with the major Superiors of the eastern Quebec region, Lucienne Lepage, vice-provincial of the Rimouski vice-province, shares with us her experience. The three key words demonstrate that despite our ageing reality, we can be bearers of the Good News in an ever-changing world.

 

This meeting is held twice yearly. In the fall, only the major superiors of the different religious congregations concerned meet. In the spring, the Bishops of Pocatière, Rimouski, Baie-Comeau and Gaspé join the major Superiors for the meeting. This year, it was the Daughters of Jesus’ turn to welcome both groups. We were a group of twelve.

United in prayer:

We began our day together with a time of prayer in the light of Pope Francis’ invitation to be a Church that goes out to meet others, to evangelize the peripheries or margins.

Listening and sharing:

The second part of the meeting involved time for listening to one another as we shared

  • Our challenges
  • Our hopes
  • Our concerns
  • and about new growth witnessed in our different services

Because we shared on our common realities such as the ageing factor and the lack of religious vocations, this time proved to be most fraternal and enriching.

During the noon-hour meal, we met briefly with the rest of the community, which prompted one of the bishops to comment on the serenity and joy of our sisters.

Thus, we realize that “mission is ageless”. (Session given by Sr. Michelle Audet rsr to the Daughters of Jesus in Rimouski on December 2017).

Our mission continues throughout our lives. Pope Francis tells us: “Old age is a vocation, a grace, and a special mission.”

This for us, today, is a call”

  • “to recognize the active presence of God there where we least expect it;”
  • “to give thanks for everything which is a seed of the Kingdom.” (Acts of General Chapter 2016, p. 11)

Jeannine D’Amours

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