January 2023: in situ course on Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem

The Centro de Estudios Bíblicos y Relaciones Judeocristianas (Sion-CERJUC, Costa Rica) and the Sion Biblical Formation Centre (CBF, Jerusalem) are offering a course in Israel on:

 

THE LAST DAYS OF JESUS IN JERUSALEM

 

Dates: 4-18 January 2023
Venue: Ecce Homo, Jerusalem, Israel
Course leader: Prof. Hanzel Zúñiga Valerio, M.TH.
Language: Spanish
Enrolment deadline: September
Information and enrolment: Seidy Chaves • Tel 506-2236-9693 / 506-8924-1103 • cerjucsion@ice.co.cr

For a description of the course in Spanish, click here.

 

 

This course will be offered in Israel as a collaboration between the Centro de Estudios Bíblicos y Relaciones Judeocristianas (Sion-CERJUC, Costa Rica) and the Biblical Formation Centre (CBF, Jerusalem).

Bible Month 2022 – Cerjuc-Sion (San José, Costa Rica)

This year’s Bible Month programme at the Centro de Estudios y Relaciones Judeo-Cristianas (CERJUC-Sion) is being held both in person and online.

The courses are free and will be conducted in Spanish. The times indicated are local to Central America.

If you wish to participate in one or more courses, please contact CERJUC:
cerjucsion@ice.co.cr
(+506) 89241103

 

 

Bible Month talks programme

 

Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. 

BIBLE AND MATERIAL CULTURE
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ARCHEOLOGY
Dr. Aquiles Martínez
Reinhardt University, USA

 

Thursday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.

WHY STUDY THE TORAH?
Rabbi Ileanah Carazo
Director of YAVNEH, Academia de Estudios Judos, Costa Rica

 

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.

THE BOOK OF JONAH
Dr. David Castillo
CERJUC – Centro de Estudios y Relaciones Judeo-Cristianas, Costa Rica

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2:00 p.m.

THE BOOK OF TOBIAS (Chapter 2, 11-14)
Dr. José Enrique Ramírez
Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana, Costa Rica

 

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.

DERAS AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
Dr. Juan Alberto Casas
Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

 

Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.

FORGOTTEN CHRISTIANS
M.Th. Hanzel Zuniga
Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana, Costa Rica

 

Thursday, September 29, 9:00 a.m.

JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND THE MESSIAH
Padre Francesco Voltaggio
Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Galilee

 

 

 

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General Chapter 2022

Chapter participants at the Church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte in Rome.

 

It was with joy in their hearts that Sion sisters returned from Rome to their communities all over the world after their General Chapter: a month of prayer, discernment and celebration, whose aim was to outline a roadmap to orientate congregational life and ministry over the next six years.

 

The 2022 General Chapter is the culmination of much preparatory work and a series of assemblies via videoconference that started in 2021 and involved a wider group of sisters, each of whom brought with her the thoughts and ideas of others in her region. The priorities set out in the final Chapter Document were first born during these assemblies.

 

The new Congregational Leadership Team (from left to right): Sr Cida Aquino, Sr Ania Bodzinska, Sr Oonah O’Shea, Sr Iuliana Neculai.

One high point of the month-long Chapter was election of the new Leadership Team. Sr Oonah O’Shea of Australia was elected as Superior General, with three General Council members: Sr Ania Bodzinska (Poland), Sr Maria Aparecida (Cida) Aquino (Brazil) and Sr Iuliana Neculai (Romania).

Sr Oonah takes over the challenge of leading the Congregation at a time when the approach to external collaboration is changing. Although NDS sisters have been working with others for many years, the Chapter brought to the fore questions surrounding consolidation of existing relationships and discovery of new opportunities, in line with Pope Francis’s vision of a synodal Church that fosters communion, participation and mission.

The presence, once again, of Sion associates, friends, partners and co-workers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Congo, Costa Rica and France testifies in a tangible way to a commitment to collaboration. One sister noted: “The possibility of open, honest conversations has allowed for really helpful discussions wherein we can explore our different understandings and move towards some degree of greater clarity”.

Group discernment and presentation.

 

No less tangible, during the Chapter, was the desire for relationship with God, with each other, with others, and with the Earth. Starting each day with beautiful prayers and biblical reflections in an array of languages enhanced a sense of interconnectedness and helped sisters and partners to allow the Spirit to guide them in the day’s discernment.

At the end of an intense month in which the new Leadership Team was elected and a handbook for the next six years was drafted, the good-byes exchanged were loaded with rich memories and a renewed vitality to live the Sion charism for dialogue, justice, peace and love in ways the world is asking for today.

 

CERJUC, San José – August to November 2022 programme

From August to November 2022, CERJUC (Centro de estudios bíblicos y relaciones judeocristianas) offers a series of weekly courses on biblical themes.

All courses are in Spanish. The times shown are Central American time.

To attend via Zoom, please contact CERJUC:
cerjucsion@ice.co.cr
(+506) 89241103

 

 

Online programme – August to November 

 

LEARNING TO READ BIBLICAL HEBREW
Luis A. Bolaños

1 August to 28 November 
Mondays     9.00 – 11.00 am

 

THE KING’S JUSTICE
Giselle Zamora

3 August to 30 November 
Wednesdays     9.00 – 11.00 am

 

HEBREWS VIII
Luis A. Bolaños

3 August to 30 November 
Wednesdays    2.00 – 4.00 pm

 

THE STORIES OF ABRAHAM
Luis A. Bolaños

3 August to 30 November 
Wednesdays     6.30 – 8.30 pm

 

HEBREWS IV
Luis A. Bolaños

4 August to 24 November 
Thursdays      6.30 – 8.30 pm

 

READING THE LETTERS OF PAUL OF TARSUS
Hanzel Zúñiga

3 August to 23 November 
Wednesdays     7.00 – 9.00 pm

 

GOSPEL OF JOHN
David Castillo

9 August to 29 November 
Tuesdays     9.00 – 11.00 am

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST TESTAMENT – Part 2
Rocío Cano

9 August to 29 November 
Tuesdays     6.30 – 8.30 pm

 

THE ELIJAH CYCLE AND PROPHETIC NARRATIVE
David Castillo

11 August to 1 December 
Thursdays     9.00 – 11.00 am

 

LETTER TO THE GALATIANS
Luis A. Bolaños

5 September to 28 November 
Mondays     6.30 – 8.30 pm

 

 

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General Chapter 2022

Chapter theme: “Opening doors”.

The theme of “Opening doors” offers a prompt for sisters and lay associates of the Family of Sion as they enlarge the space of their tents for the 2022 General Chapter. They have travelled to Rome from other parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and North, Central and South America, to take part in a month-long process of listening, conversation, prayer, communal discernment and decision-making.

 

NDS General Chapter Participants.

The Chapter began on Sunday 3 July with prayer and a welcoming ceremony. Superior General Sr Mary Babic invited all those present to enter into the work of the Chapter in the spirit of service. “I’m hoping we’ll chart a path into the future, with open doors and open hearts,” she said.

 

Many questions are on the month-long agenda. As well as electing the Congregational Leadership Team that will serve for the next six years, participants will reflect on local, regional and cross-congregational realities and ministry.

Group reflection and conversation.

The first day of meetings was set in motion with a calculation of the total sum of Sion experience in the meeting room. The result was a formidable 1,447 years.

Sr Lucy Thorson of Canada is the participant who has known the Congregation for the longest time. She first met Notre Dame de Sion as a Sion school pupil 72 years ago. Lucy vividly remembers the excitement and hope surrounding the 1965 Nostra Aetate declaration in which the Catholic Church opened up towards other religions, which she continues to live and experience to this day.

Carmel Crawford and David Castillo are the most recent new-comers among the Chapter participants, each with a five-year connection with Sion. Carmel, who supports mission in Australia, was drawn by the emphasis on Scripture and dialogue; she says she has a “sense of being where I’m meant to be.” 37-year-old David works at the Sion CERJUC biblical centre in Costa Rica; he considers himself a better believer today and hopes to be able to bring his grain of sand to the Congregation’s work.

The Chapter Room centrepiece.

Whatever stage they are at on their journey in and with Sion, all the Chapter participants are grateful for the prayers of sisters, associates, partners in ministry, family and friends, as they enter into this Spirit-led event.

 

Sisters to be awarded for making a difference in Canada

Sr. Bernadette O’Reilly

Sr. Margaret Hughes

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion are honoured to announce that Sr. Bernadette O’Reilly and Sr. Margaret Hughes have been nominated to become Members of the Order of Canada for their work and ministry with Indigenous Peoples in Winnipeg.

 

For over 40 years the sisters were actively involved in Rossbrook House, a Winnipeg neighbourhood drop-in centre for children and youth, located in a former church.

Sister Bernadette founded a high school programme for the youth of the centre, before serving as Rossbrook’s Co-Director, and Sister Margaret founded the elementary school programme, serving as its head teacher and mentor to many. Each separately and together have made lifetime contributions to education, social justice and reconciliation.

The Order of Canada is Canada’s highest civilian honour. It recognises exemplary achievement and service to Canada. The date of the award ceremony is yet to be announced.

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