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Celebration of final vows in the Philippines

Celebration of final vows in the Philippines

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....

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Children have rights

Children have rights

An initiative supported by the NDS Congregation to celebrate the rights of the child. November 20, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. For the occasion, the association L’enfant et la Shoah – Yad Layeled France,...

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Itinerant Ministry in Africa

Itinerant Ministry in Africa

Two Sisters are heading off to Harare, Zimbabwe, in the coming months, as a part of Sion’s Itinerant Ministry to teach Seminarians and other Religious men and women in countries where there is no Sion presence. Sister Celia Deutsch, a research scholar at Barnard...

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Environmental spirituality course in Bath, UK

Environmental spirituality course in Bath, UK

“The Earth is the Lord’s: Environmental Spirituality in Judaism and Christianity” is the title of a course to be led by Sion Sister Margaret Shepherd and Orthodox Jewish scholar Jonathan Gorsky at the Ammerdown Centre near Bath, UK, between 19 and 21 August. The...

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Interculturality, growth and hope in Kenya

Interculturality, growth and hope in Kenya

From 13-26 June, two Sion sisters took their itinerant mission to Nairobi, Kenya, with the aim of helping seminarians of the Franciscan Missionaries of Hope deepen their appreciation of the Jewish people and their knowledge of the Scriptures. It turned out to be an...

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Unity of the Trinity Workshop

Unity of the Trinity Workshop

“An interesting and challenging read that provides insights into our experience of Trinity that allow us to develop our understanding.” This is how Sr Therese Fitzgerald describes the book entitled The Unity of the Trinity: Listening to the Tradition of Israel by Br....

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Bible teaching in the Amazonas

Bible teaching in the Amazonas

The Pauline Letters were the theme of the Sisters of Sion’s itinerant training program held in June for seminarians and lay people at ITEPES (Instituto de Teologia, Pastoral e Ensino Superior da Amazônia) in Manaus, capital city of the state of Amazonas in the North...

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A new church in Berba, Egypt

A new church in Berba, Egypt

After five years of collaborative effort and patience, a new church has finally opened its doors in the village of Berba in rural Upper Egypt, where the Congregation of the Sisters of Sion have been present for 25 years. Sister Jackie Chenard, who lives in Berba, was...

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Vocations gathering in Kansas City, USA

Vocations gathering in Kansas City, USA

This April, three members of the Sisters of Sion Canada/US Vocations Team took part in a five-day initiative organized in collaboration with Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City. The purpose was to reflect on the charism of Sion and the theme of vocation: the many...

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Reappraising the Pharisees

Reappraising the Pharisees

The May 7-9 conference at the Gregorian University, entitled “Jesus and the Pharisees: an interdisciplinary reappraisal,” aimed to challenge negative stereotypes that have built up over the centuries about the Pharisees, inviting Christians to take a more appreciative...

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An encounter with wisdom

An encounter with wisdom

Sister Jean Quinn’s first meeting with homeless Jennifer happened outside a cinema in Dublin and marked the beginning of a long and meaningful friendship. At the following link to the Global Sisters Report website we share Sister Jean’s moving story: My encounter with...

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January 20 – Feast of NOTRE DAME DE SION

January 20 – Feast of NOTRE DAME DE SION

“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...

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News from CCJR Annual Meeting

News from CCJR Annual Meeting

The Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) is “an association of centers and institutes in the United States and Canada devoted to enhancing mutual understanding between Jews and Christians” (https://www.ccjr.us/). Celia Deutsch (Brooklyn, N.Y.,...

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Milestones in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations

Milestones in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations

Compiled by Sr. Lucy Thorson, NDS and Murray Watson With its 1965 declaration Nostra Aetate (On the Church’s Relationship to Non-Christian Religions), the Catholic Church inaugurated a historic and wide-ranging transformation in its thinking about, and relating to,...

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CHRISTMAS 2018

CHRISTMAS 2018

  May God’s coming among us lead us to daring hope and abounding love for one another and all. Blessed Christmas.  Mary, Adriana, Clare, Marie Lise   

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LE JARDIN DE SOEUR EMMANUELLE

LE JARDIN DE SOEUR EMMANUELLE

Le jardin de Sœur Emmanuelle, Callian, le17/10/2018. Au nom de l’association Asmae-sœur Emmanuelle, je remercie la Mairie de Callian, de baptiser ce parc de jeux pour enfants, le jardin sœur Emmanuelle. Vous avez eu la délicatesse de donner le nom de sœur Emmanuelle a...

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News from Sr. Patricia Fox, NDS (Philippines)

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...

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Jubilé de Sr Marie François NDS (La Solitude)

Jubilé de Sr Marie François NDS (La Solitude)

7 juillet 1968 - 7 juillet 2018 : messe d’action de grâce pour le jubilé de Sr Marie François en La Chapelle de La Solitude de Grand Bourg. En guise de renouvellement de ses vœux solennels, notre Sœur sort de sa poche un texte qui dit toute son authenticité. De...

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News from Sion School, Worthing

News from Sion School, Worthing

  Sisters Anne Lee, Brenda Dorrian and Margaret attended the Leavers Service on the last  day of term in Sion School Worthing, UK – Friday 6th July.  This took place in Arundel Cathedral – a beautiful venue.  The service was a beautiful mixture of music, poetry,...

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News from Sr. Brenda NDS, Birmingham, UK

News from Sr. Brenda NDS, Birmingham, UK

A Wonderful Celebration Our final First Communion Celebration this year was on 17th June. It was an opportunity for all the children who had received the Sacrament, to come together and celebrate with each other. What a joy, to have children from 16 countries and many...

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Sr. Phil’s NDS Silver Jubilee

Sr. Phil’s NDS Silver Jubilee

  We rejoice with sr. Phil who has celebrated her Silver Jubilee this month.  She had a beautiful gathering of Sisters and Brothers of Sion in Jerusalem as well as friends and family who had travelled from Ireland.  We were pleased that Anne Mc was able to go to Ein...

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Flash news from ICCJ Conference in Budapest

Flash news from ICCJ Conference in Budapest

Six of UK/Ireland region attended the conference of the ICCJ in Budapest.  A report will follow so we will not give lots of details here, but just a few thoughts.  There were 15 participants from Sion, 6 from our region, as well as Jilvaneide from Brazil, Ania from...

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Final commitment ceremony of Sr. Wafaa, NDS

Final commitment ceremony of Sr. Wafaa, NDS

Sr. Wafaa Shehata NDS grew up in the village of El Berba in the diocese of Minya in Upper Egypt. During the time when Sr. Juliana and Sr. Darlene lived in Berba, she was the first young women finding her way to the congregation of “Notre Dame de Sion”. After her...

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Paris: Schools meeting

Paris: Schools meeting

From 5 to 4 April 2018 in Paris, Adriana, Marie Lise and Mary had the joy of participating in the fourth international meeting of the Schools of Notre Dame of Sion. Sr. Patricia Watson presented her book "Spaces for Dialogue" which was the theme of the meeting. We...

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Egypt: Mediterranean Assembly

Egypt: Mediterranean Assembly

Adriana and Marie Lise participated in the assembly of the Sisters of the Mediterranean region in Egypt, in Cairo, where the goal was the sharing of priorities and plans of action of different regions of the Congregation. The sisters also worked on current structures...

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Sion Solidário

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...

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Parish Life in Birmingham

Parish Life in Birmingham

Another year of First Communions and Confirmation! It began in September with 60 children registered for First Communion and 68 young people registered for Confirmation. The First Communions were celebrated during 4 masses over 2 Sundays in May, and what excitement. ...

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Whit Walks: news from Manchester

Whit Walks: news from Manchester

  Three of us: Teresa, Helen and Anne took part in an historic event. On Whit Sunday we walked in the Whit procession, we could not find the Catholic groups, so walked behind an Anglican group.  The last time I walked in such a procession must have been prior to the...

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General House – Rome

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

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Pope Francis stopped to pray

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...

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