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Sisters Gather from Around the World to Re-imagine Formation Across the Congregation

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26/05/2016

An international group of Presentation Sisters have been invited by their Congregational Leadership Team to gather for a meeting in Africa to reflect on and re-imagine how to approach Initial Formation across the Congregation.

Sr Sheila welcomes Indian Sisters as they arrive

Almost 50 Sisters from across the globe have gathered in Lusaka for the two-week International Formation Gathering 2016 which commences on Tuesday 17 May 2016.  As well as Zambia and Zimbabwe, participants are coming from Africa, Ireland, Canada, England, Latin America, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, New Zealand, USA and Thailand. 

The Gathering is being hosted by the Leadership Team of the Africa Unit, with the support of all the Sisters of the Unit.

Sisters from the Irish and English Province arrive in Tahiso

The theme of the Gathering is Re-imagining Initial Formation Across the Congregation as a Co-creative Process for Mission.  The content of the programme is designed to be interactive and will include input from participants, reflection and group work.

Sisters from North and South India province with Sheila Sheehy from Africa at Luzi Road

Those attending represent a broad spectrum of experience - younger Sisters who are currently in the Initial Formation phase of becoming Presentation Sisters; Sisters who have made Perpetual Profession in recent years; Sisters who work in the area of formation and vocational accompaniment; Sisters from the Leadership Teams from the various countries represented; and Sisters from the Congregational Leadership Team and the Planning Group for this Gathering.

The Gathering will be facilitated by Sr. Clare Stanley, a Sister of St Joseph of Cluny from Sierra Leone.  Guest speakers include Sr. Gail Worcelo, co-founder (with Thomas Berry) of the Green Monastery at Vermont, USA; Sr. Pat Murray, a Loreto Sister and Executive Secretary of the Union of International Superiors General, based in Rome; Fr. Michael McGuire, a Columban Missionary, psychologist and trainer of Formators, based in Manila, the Philippines.  Three Sisters from the Planning Group will be in attendance - Srs. Anne O’Leary and Julie Watson from the Congregational Leadership Team and Sr. Anne McDermott, North East Province, Ireland.

The Gathering will open with a ritual on 17 May and each day afterwards a different country group will facilitate Morning Prayer and a reflection based on the theme of their particular day.

A beautiful logo has been prepared for the event by Srs. Prema Anthony and Sue McGregor, of the Africa Unit, which you can see here.  It shows two women encased in a heart shape accompanying one another as they make their journey toward becoming Presentation Sisters.  

All those attending this Gathering will be reflecting together on the input received towards determining the direction of Initial Formation within the Congregation in the years to come.

The participants will return to their respective countries and share the learning and experiences of the International Formation Gathering with their communities there.

We will bring regular news and updates from the International Formation Gathering as it unfolds through our news section at www.presentationsistersunion.org, Facebook www.facebook.com/PresentationSistersUnion and on our Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Pres_Sisters

The following hashtag will be used on Facebook and Twitter throughout the event #PBVMformation  searching for this specific hashtag will allow you to find all posts about the International Formation Gathering 2016.

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