Community of London
The second session of the 2021 Provincial Chapter took place from September 25th to October 3rd. This chapter has made us live personally and communitarily something of its spiritual experience : to taste the Goodness of God and to "give oneself up" in trust in the motherly prayer of Our Lady of the Cenacle to whom we have all entrusted ourselves.
"As a Cenacle sister in a small international community based in London, I am part of a “large community” of sisters and brothers throughout UK. We all have the same desire: reaching out to other people, especially young people, and giving them opportunities for a celebration and a sharing of the riches of our way of life. [...] But how was it possible to manage this in a pandemic time? this is the challenge that the UK religious Life has brilliantly taken up over those last 2 years."
Welcome to our new home in Brixton, London. We arrived here in November 2020 in the middle of the second “lockdown.” We have been here for almost nine months. We have spent the time, as well as continuing our ministry (mostly on Zoom) getting the house the way we want it and to make it a welcoming place for everyone.
From May 2021 until July 2022, the Society of Jesus celebrates an Ignatian Year. What is an Ignatian Year? May 20, 2021 marks the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion - that fateful day when Ignatius the soldier, struck by a cannonball, began his transformation into Ignatius the pilgrim. Here are some key dates in 2021 and 2022.
On 28 April 2021, over 5,000 active Londoners gathered online at the London Citizens Assembly. The members presented the manifesto "London Citizens 2021" to the mayoral candidates: Sadiq Khan and Shaun Bailey. Sister Marie Jamet was present and tells us about the discussions.
A first virtual meeting of the Provincial Chapter 2021 held from 23 to 25 April. It brought together 70 participants, sisters and lay people, for 3 days, on the theme of “How do the challenges facing the Church affect us?”.
The next Chapter of the Europe-Togo Province of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cenacle will take place in Rome from 25 September to 4 October 2021. But in fact, what is a Provincial Chapter? What are the issues and topics discussed? How does such a gathering take place? How is the voting done? All the answers in this article!
The Bishops Conference of England and Wales, having formerly accepted the recommendations laid out in the IICSA Report; that was published on 10 November 2020, and have also accepted the final proposals and recommendations of the Elliott Report in order to shape the safeguarding provision in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. So where do we go from here? Are there signs of hope?
With the last words of Pope Francis in mind, Sister Ann reflects on what the effects and implications this pandemic have been and may continue to have on the Church and how we worship, celebrate Eucharist and the way we pray. She is also reflecting about women and their place in the Church today and in the future.