Poland: course on Judaism and the Hebrew language

 A three-part course (in Polish) entitled “The basics of Judaism and Hebrew” will be held between November and January at the Krakow house of the Sisters of Sion to explore the roots of Christianity.

The three sessions will take place on the second last Thursday of the month in November, December and January:

  • 1st session: 21 November 2019 at 6.00 pm
  • 2nd session: 19 December 2019 at 6.00 pm
  • 3rd session: 23 January 2020 at 6.00 pm

Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please write in Polish or French to sion.siostry@gmail.com or visit the Polish Sion website.

6th national meeting of Polish “Service in Sion” participants

The annual gathering of Polish people who have taken part in the Service in Sion programme will be held on Saturday November 23, 2019 at 5.00 pm in Krakow.

This year, Klaudia, Aga, Ola, Kinga and Marta will tell of their experiences in Ein Kerem, Israel, and Paris, France.

Anyone interested in knowing what it’s like to participate in the life of a Sisters of Sion community in one of their world locations is welcome to join the meeting, and should write in Polish or French to: sion.siostry@gmail.com

Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter Autumn 2019 programme, UK

The Autumn Programme at the Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter (SCDE) in London, UK, is well underway. This season’s events are inspired by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Bible Society’s campaign The Year of the Word: The God Who Speaks

Join the Sisters and guest speakers at SDCE for the remaining events.

 

Next event:

 

Thursday 28 November

Literary Approaches to the Bible: An introduction to the work of Robert Alter

Speaker: Jonathan Gorsky

Robert Alter is a major literary scholar who has devoted decades to producing a new translation of the Hebrew Bible and using literary approaches to help us appreciate the texts. We will look at Alter’s work on Biblical poetry and narrative, as well as understanding and sampling the new translation.

 

 

 

Upcoming events:

 

Tuesday 3 December

The Priestly Blessing in Numbers 6

Speaker: Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild

 

Tuesday 10 December

The Joys and Problems of Translating the Bible

Speaker: Dr Nicholas King SJ

 

Saturday 14 December

“Prepare a way for the Lord” – A Day of Prayer for Advent

Led by: Fr Richard Nesbitt

 

Visit the SCDE website for further details.

 

Talitha Kum General Assembly

From 21 to 27 September, 86 delegates representing 48 countries met at the UISG Headquarters to discuss the future of Talitha Kum, an international network of consecrated life against human trafficking.

During the week, they presented the work done by the women religious to fight slavery and defined the network’s priorities for the period 2020 to 2025.

Sion Sister Marie Lise Adou followed the Webinair of the opening event on Saturday, September 21, as the 86 delegates were gathered for the 1st General Assembly on the occasion of the network’s 10th anniversary.

Sr. Eugenia receives her award.

A special prize was awarded to ten sisters who distinguished themselves by their commitment and their decisive support for the development of anti-trafficking networks. Among them Sr. Eugenia Bonetti, who founded the association Slaves No More after 24 years missionary in Kenya, received an award for her contribution to making visible the work of consecrated life against trafficking through her passion and tireless commitment. She told us after receiving the award: “You represent the future of many young people who have no one to look after them, except us. We are like mothers for them; we have to give them back their lives.”

The offertory procession.

In the afternoon Marie Lise joined the Eucharistic celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica, presided over by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson.

The Amazon Synod: 6 to 27 October

The Sisters of Sion are following with great interest the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region called by Pope Francis between 6 and 27 October 2019.

The theme of the assembly is: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology. It’s a meaningful moment for the Church in Latin America and in the world, because of the importance of the Amazon to the health of the planet.

Flooding in the Cacau area of the Amazon.

Some Sion sisters are already involved in itinerant ministry to parts of the Amazon and the congregation is researching the possibility of setting up a permanent presence there.

Earlier this year, during her visit to Amazonia, Sister Ivete Holthmam witnessed the thirst for more knowledge on the part of the Seminarians she met, as well as the daily reality of flooding in the missionary area of Cacau.

The congregation encourages everyone to follow the assembly’s progress on the Synod website.

 

Go to the Amazon Synod website

Celebration of final vows in the Philippines

Sister Beth Burgo.

Sister Beth Burgo pronounced her perpetual vows on Thursday 12 September at St. Raphael Parish in the Municipality of Real, Philippines, reaffirming her commitment to the Church in the presence of her family, other Sion Sisters, and members of Saint Raphael’s Parish.

Beth’s vows were received, on behalf of the Congregation, by Sister Denise Cusack, who said: “It was truly a privilege to be with Beth at this beautiful celebration”, which many people travelled long distances to attend.

Signing the commitment with Father Romeo Tena and Sister Denise.

Beth chose the event’s date to pay homage to the Sisters who founded the Philippine Sion community on 12 September 1990, and thank them for their response to the call of God for service in another cultural setting.

 

Beth’s journey

Already active as a professional catechist, Beth came into contact with the Congregation through a chance encounter and an invitation from a woman she didn’t know to a bible sharing session with the Sisters of Sion in Kiloloron. At that meeting, Beth was moved by a discussion around the theme “God is love”, which, she says, has nourished her life ever since.

Beth entered the congegation twelve years ago and made her first vows in 2011. Since then, she has furthered her studies completing a degree at the Institute for Religious Studies in Manila in 2018, and is now following a course at Manila University’s Centre for Family Ministries. While studying she has been involved in ministries related to the urban poor by serving on the board of Manila’s Task Force on Urban Conscientization and teaching catechetics in a nearby parish.

For her, last Thursday was: “the day when I was able to express my gratitude to God’s faithful love and promises.”

The presence of her parents, siblings, friends and other sisters gave Beth great joy and reminded her they have always been with her on the journey. Her wish for the future is to continue, together with the whole Family of Sion, to celebrate the joy, hope and love of Christ in everything they do.

 

Beth with her parents, the Sion Community, the Bishop and the priests.

 

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