Sixty-six Sisters, 10 Canonical and second year Novices attended the two-day Vatican II retreat presented by Dr. Catherine E. Clifford at Mokama. Sister Brenda Gonzales, SCN, Vice President spoke about the importance of the Vatican II retreat for the entire Congregation as a follow up of GA 2013.
Dr. Clifford presented the retreat in a simple yet profound way as to how we can be pilgrim people of God in an inclusive and missionary Church. The Church continues to discover the meaning and the richness of those documents in the present day realities. In these documents, Christ is the sacrament of encounter with God. Dr. Clifford explained the connection between the incarnation of Christ and the dignity of human person. We have been called to communion with God.
We are called to serve in a ‘world Church’ emptying oneself just as Christ did. We are not only called to be humble and magnanimous in recognizing one’s own gifts and limitations, but also to see the true worth of others and honor the gifts of God in them.
The pilgrim Church has built into itself room for dialogue and working together through various Synods. She spoke on the pastoral and missionary conversion of the Church emphasized by Pope Francis.
Vatican II has become alive once again after fifty years. One of the Sisters shared what she takes with her from this retreat is that friendship with God and her Sisters and the assurance that she belongs to a large holy sacramental Church. The retreat simplified the documents. It invited us to live the joy of the Gospel and to encounter Christ in our daily lives.
Sisters from 29 local communities attended the retreat. Each morning, we woke up with a white blanket of thick fog but the enthusiastic participation was very inspiring and contagious.
We thank the Central Leadership Team, the members Vatican Committee and subcommittee for making it possible for Dr. Clifford to be in India for this retreat.
Malini Manjoly, SCN