CCCM in Germany
The CCCMs are leadership meetings which take place three times during the six year interim of Congregational Chapters. These meetings include the provincial or unit coordinator and an invited extra member on the leadership team of each province/unit. Reports were given on the status of each on the provinces/units as well as items important to the Congregation's forward movement since the last Chapter (2016) were discussed.
In addition to Srs. Joanne and Saundra, the current CCCM was attended by Sisters Livramento Oliveira, Beatrice Yang, Beatrix Mokwena and Gizele Marinho from the Generalate; Sisters Andrea Lübberdink and Franziska Mayer from Germany; Sisters Benedicta Kuo, and Catharina Tien from Taiwan, Sisters Cecilia Tian and Lucy Zhang from the Philippines; Sisters Silvia Corado and Marta Helena de Carvalho from Salvador; Sisters Lioneide Brito, Francisca Norma from Belem; Sisters Klara Oaes and Johanna Djaula from Namibia. The Facilitator was Sr. Barbara Valuckas from USA, the Secretary was Sr. Teresa Zhang from the Philippines, and as translators Fr. Joseph Rozansky from the USA an Mr. Günter Niehüser from Germany.
US Sisters vote to Restructure
At the Annual Province meeting held August 27-29th , province members met to enter into a final discussion and voting process to address their position on Congregational Restructuring.
During the 2016 General Chapter, the near 20 year process of restructuring by the Congregation (consisting of 6 international Provinces, two in Brazil, Germany, Asia, Namibia, and the US plus the region of the Philippines ) was decided. Each Province would undergo the necessary preparations to meet the requirements that would put into effect in 2021 the restructuring of provinces into units. In 1960 the Congregation opted to create provinces to strengthen local leadership fostering creative and cultural perspectives to add to the life of the Congregation. Now, to continue to foster Congregational life, the individual provinces are returning to promote a unified vision and give supportive service to the whole.
The Sisters participated in a ritual honoring its history by gathering at the Province Cemetery in Woodland Park. The statue of the Virgin Mary once located at the doorway of the province house and the bell that for years called the sisters to prayer were placed in the cemetery site. Each of the near 100 deceased sisters were recognized with a flower and much gratitude for their guidance and generosity to us ...we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us!
Statement Of Solidarity For Syria
April 27, 2018
Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. - Romans 12:21
We, as leaders and members of congregations of Franciscans with American and Brazilian Sisters [FABS], share our deep distress, concern and prayerful support for our sisters and brothers in Syria, who are suffering the cruel and inhumane effects of violence and chemical warfare at the hands of their own government leaders. The most innocent and defenseless citizens of that country, women and children, are the victims of this outrage which some have called another holocaust.
We urge the leaders of our governments and our churches in the United States, in Brazil and in other countries to call for action that will help and provide aide to innocent victims and restore their safety and health. We ask our leaders to enter into dialogue with the leaders in Syria and other countries to work to promote peace and the care and dignity of all people, especially women and children. We stress the need for a complete ban of the use of all chemical weapons.
We request that our members, our associates and partners in ministry share this message with others as we issue a call for prayer, action, and a swift end to this humanitarian crisis. Let us beg God for an intervention of mercy and justice on behalf the people of Syria, and all whose lives are being shattered by the ravages of war throughout the world.