“Today is the anniversary of the founding of our Sion. It was on this day that the thought of Sion was brought down to earth, not by an angel, not by an archangel, not by the apostles, but by the Mother of God herself. Today we can consider this marvel in its fruits since you yourselves are these fruits.
Let our hearts be filled with gratitude; this sentiment must have priority over all the others. Gratitude to God!
Let our gratitude overflow and exclaim with the Blessed Virgin Magnificat!”
From Théodore Ratisbonne Origins of Sion n° 4
Talks to the community and instructions in the chapel, January 20, 1854
May God’s coming among us lead us to daring hope and abounding love for one another and all.
Mary, Adriana, Clare, Marie Lise
On behalf of the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Sion in the United States and Canada, we, the members of the Sisters’ “Relation and Encounter” Team, join our voices to the many Jewish and Christian organizations, leaders and groups around the world who have expressed their horror and sadness at the massacre that took place on Saturday, October 27, at the Etz Chayim synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which 11 individuals were killed as they gathered in prayer.
As part of a religious congregation that cherishes its longstanding relationship with the Jewish community (and seeks to promote respect and understanding for Judaism among Christians), we know how deeply this attack has shaken Jewish communities, both near and far. Sadly, it reminds us that anti-Semitism remains alive and well in some corners of our societies, and that we must constantly work to uproot anti-Jewish hatred, intolerance and prejudice, through education and building relationships of friendship and mutual respect. Events like this remind us that we cannot afford to be complacent about the threats that exist.
We unite our prayers to so many others—for those who have been tragically killed, and for those who are hospitalized. We carry all those who have been impacted in our thoughts. We wish safety, security and peace for our Jewish brothers and sisters, and an end to incitement and hostility against those who are perceived as “different”. We pledge to continue and strengthen our work of dialogue and collaboration, to help fashion a world of inclusion, safety and friendship between faith communities.
Lucy Thorson, NDS
Jocelyn Monette, NDS
October 28, 2018
Message of Pape François
Dear brothers and sisters,
I express my closeness to the city of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America, and in particular to the Jewish community, which was struck yesterday by a terrible attack in the synagogue. May the Most High welcome the dead into his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded. In reality, we are all wounded by this inhuman act of violence. May the Lord help us to extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develop in our societies, strengthening the sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values, and the holy fear of God, who is Love and Father of all.
Sisters of our Lady of Sion
St Margaret’s Close
Manchester M25 2LY
I am writing on behalf of the Sion Jewish Christian development Team of the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion. I am based in Manchester, the United Kingdom and we have sisters in many other parts of the world, including the United States.
We want to express our deep horror and sorrow at the recent attack and murders of so many of your community gathered in the Synagogue of the Tree of Life on 27th October. This attack on a worshipping community in a sacred space is such a violation of life. We are all wounded by this as such an act of hatred denies our shared sense of humanity and respect for life.
We want to offer our thoughts for the bereaved families and prayers and support to them and to all your community at this terrible time. We are united with you in praying for peace and greater, respect, love and acceptance of difference between us all as human beings.
Sister Teresa Brittain nds