News from Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS (Philippines)

Statement from sr. Pat NDS from the Philippines concerning the Bureau of Immigration’s Deportation Order against her:

‘After attending a Fact-Finding Mission and telling some Coca Cola workers that the social teachings of the church support them in their formation of an association and demands for regularization and a just wage, I somehow got the ire of the President. Since then, it has been a series of allegations and answers. Church people have been supportive in that the claim of the government is that “missionaries” should only teach doctrine and convert. The ecumenical community has moved beyond this years ago and all have social teachings which they believe need to be lived out in faithfulness to Jesus. The international community, particularly those in solidarity movements, see the charges that I should not take part in fora, rallies, fact finding missions, as against both the constitution here and also international law which ensures freedom of speech, association, movement and religion to all. It has been amazing the support I have had from people across the social spectrum. But it is also stressful knowing it is the president who is wanting me deported and the power he has here. It is difficult to plan and to live day to day. But it has forced me to verbalize why I have done what I have and strengthened my belief that Jesus is in those who are poor and oppressed and they help me define my baptismal commitment and vocation as a religious of Notre Dame de Sion which is sensitive to the outcast and called to work for the promises first given to the church for all.’

Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS

 

Sion Solidário

“Sem dúvida a educação é a arte de guiar o desenvolvimento físico, intelectual e moral da pessoa humana, a arte de formar o adulto no estudante” Pe Teodoro Ratisbonne.

Deste 2012, o Colégio Sion do Rio de Janeiro – Brasil, na pessoa da Ir. Vaneide NDS, desenvolve atividades sociais com as crianças da Creche Sant´Anna, obra social da paróquia Cristo Redentor que atende crianças muito carentes das comunidades (favelas) da redondeza.

O projeto “Sion Solidário” concebe o trabalho voluntário como uma via de mão dupla na qual a troca (dar e receber) acontece em todo o processo para ambos os lados (crianças atendidas e alunos do Sion). O projeto dá oportunidade ao aluno de conhecer realidades diferentes da sua por meio de atividades que incentivam a partilha, a solidariedade e a cidadania. Nossos alunos aprendem a importância de doar-se aos outros e de acolhê-los como são.

A Creche Sant´Anna fica  próxima ao nosso Colégio e passa por algumas dificuldades por conta do grande número de crianças matriculadas e por sobreviver de doações. Começamos ajudando financeiramente essa Creche através de Bazares Beneficentes e, no decorrer do tempo, nossos alunos passaram a fazer visitas regulares bem como a receber as crianças da Creche em nosso Colégio para atividades lúdicas e partilha do lanche. Esse intenso trabalho resultou no engajamento das mães – projeto das Mães Solidárias.

Ir Vaneide NDS & Ir Jilvaneide NDS

General House – Rome

We present the list of Sisters who celebrate jubilees of religious life during the year 2017: 70, 60, 50 and 25 years of religious profession.

Download:  jubilee2017

Pope Francis stopped to pray

After celebrating Mass on New Year’s Day, on the feast of Mary, Most Holy Mother of God in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis stopped to pray in front of the painting of Our Lady taken from the Church of Sant’ Andrea delle Fratte. The picture was painted to represent Our Lady as she had appeared to Alphonse Ratisbonne in Sant’ Andrea on 20th January 175 years ago.

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