April is the month for Autism Awareness as so little is known about it. In Zambia there are only 10 psychiatrists for the population of 14 million and 8 are based in Lusaka, so not much chance for people in rural areas. The needs are being highlighted to the government so they can train more and [...]
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On 2 -22 May 2019, the sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) held their General Chapter at Drumalis in Larne, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland. Present at this Chapter were our lay partners from England, Ireland and Singapore.
On Tuesday 22 May 2019, the work of the Chapter was completed when the members finalised the Chapter Message. This was followed by a closing liturgy when the Prayer Space in the Chapter room was dismantled and the Cross, candle and cloths were solemnly processed to the Chapel led by Sr Oneng Mendoza, Angelin Gnanapiragasam, [...]
On Sunday 19th May 2019, we are very pleased to announce our new Congregational Leadership Team (CLT) serving from 2019—2025. Photos (from left to right): Sister Helena McEvilly (1st Councillor), Sister Jane Bertelsen (Congregational Leader), Sister Helen Doyle (2nd Councillor), Sister Monica Weedon (3rd Councillor). To read more click here Chapter Happenings No 12
On Thursday 16 May 2019, Chapter Members were invited to have a silent Contemplative Day and this concluded with the Mass of the HOLY SPIRIT at 5.15pm. The discernment process for electing new Congregational Leadership Team will commence on Friday 17 May 2019 which may continue for the next few days. To read more click [...]
On Saturday 11 May 2019, Chapter Members had a ‘Day Off’ which was well needed after working intensely for 10 days. The Chapter Process resumed on Sunday 12 May 2019 at 2pm. We felt the absence of our lay partners and our chaplain Fr. Pat Murphy. We warmly welcomed our new Chaplain Fr Blaise Agwom [...]
On Friday 10 May 2019, Chapter Members from their country groups reflected on what practices (in their particular culture and context) and what they can take on or ‘let go’ of in order to be open to their own Contemplative Space and to deepen their Contemplative Stance. To read more click here Chapter Happenings No 9 [...]
On 9 May 2019, the Morning Reflection: Jesus became obedient to death, death on a cross. The focus today was to continue the process of naming our personal and communal realities making space for the new to emerge. To read more click here Chapter Happenings No 8
On 8 My 2019, the focus of the work for the Chapter Members was to continue the journey of facing our present and future reality. To help them on this path the facilitator invited them to contemplate death and newness in nature. To read more click here Chapter Happenings No 7
On Tuesday 7 May 2019, the work of the day: Looking back…. Looking ahead…. Being in the present…. Contemplative Discernment led participants through expressing the feelings they all experienced following the country stories and the Finance Report. Our facilitator, Margaret invited members to create word maps to help us name the feelings. To read more [...]