Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
|Sr. Annamaria Parenzan|
The Daughters of St Paul should "inhabit" the Internet more and take some other definitive steps to make their communication mission effective in the modern world, stressed their general chapter that concluded on Sunday.
The chapter headed by Mother General Annamaria Parenzan, the newly elected head of the congregation, identified six areas for the members of this international congregation to work in the coming six-year period of the new general.
The first was to find ways "to grow in faith" as an authentic experience of meeting Christ and interacting with him, seeking to penetrate more profoundly the biblical, theological and spiritual wealth of Baptism.
They were also asked to "allow the Word to dwell in us" so that its transforming energy can “explode” in our lives, leading us to proclaim it passionately and creatively.
The chapter also asked members to "rediscover the mystical dimension of the apostolate" as lived by Paul and interpreted by their founder and Maestra Thecla, which it said was "the unifying power of our spirituality and the prophetic dimension of our mission."
The members were also asked to renew our style of life in harmony with the “four wheels,” animated by communion in diversity.
They also want to revive the "teaching nature of our Institute," which the chapter said, was a characteristic element of the Pauline identity. They want to do this by pursuing our commitment to study and rediscovery of the importance of the creative writing. In order to achieve this revival they also want to re-launch their book centers as “places of preaching and centre's of light” and to seek new ways and means of reaching those on the fringes of the Church and society.
Superior General Parenzan exhorted her nuns to "move forward all together, guided, supported and accompanied by our Mother, Maestra Thecla."
The 10th General Chapter, which began on Aug . 15, welcomed the new Italian Mother General and her six councillors: Sr. Karen Marie Anderson of North America, Srs. Anna Caiazza and Maria Samuel Gironi of Italy, Sr. Maria Lucia Kim of Korea, Sr. Shalimar Rubia of the Philippines and Sr. Clarice Josefa of Brazil.
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