As we are almost to finish this week dedicated to FORMATION, we spared the morning of this day for the Communication and Draft Commission to elaborate the Current Situation which presents the FODA, DAFO, AFOM or what we call the Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis utilized for this dimension during the planning.In the afternoon, we took on the reading and revision of all the block on FORMATION: CurrentRead More...Read more
The General Chapter gradually advances in its analysis, reflection and projection in the different stages and elements on FORMATION: Vocational Promotions, Formation Teams, General Plan for Initial Formation and the contextualization in each province, the stages of Postulancy, Novitiate and Juniorate, and the Permanent Formation.We would like to highlight and thank the sisters of the “Comunidad de Acogida de Madrid” (host community in Madrid) that, with much dedication and discretion,Read More...Read more
Africa is a continent as we all know is full of life and strength; rooted in the land, in nature; it is composed of people with a great sense of community which combines the diversity of culture from its various tribes with one strong common identity as an African continent. Today, 25th of May is celebrated as “A Day of Africa” in two-fold reasons: boost the processes of liberation ofRead More...Read more
In today´s Morning Prayers, we presented before the Lord all the sisters who were Part of the Province of Santo Domingo. We did a short reminiscence, too, of the Transition of the mortal remains of our Father St. Dominic of Guzman.On this very day, we had Sister Geraldina Céspedes as facilitator on the theme: Formation as the key to a vibrant and renewed mission. We were told that we areRead More...Read more
In the Eucharist, based on the readings of the day, we were invited to continue the way of Jesus assuming the consequences in following Him and trusting fully in God, just as how Jesus Himself trusted in the Father.On this day, during the sessions, Sister Daisy Xavier, General Councilor, presented to us the report on FORMATION at the congregational level.We did affirm that, the Formation Teams in the different formationRead More...Read more
Today, in the Chapter members had a free morning to give way to the Commission on Communication to elaborate the Actual Situation (diagnostic) on MISSION in the dimension of Missionary Creativity. In this way, we had a revision done in the afternoon for the draft presented on MISSION with given time for dialogue and few corrections. We ended the day with a prayer of gratitude to God for the worksRead More...Read more
Through the Eucharist, we initiated the new day with thanksgiving to God and, in journeying with Sister Imaculada from Angola who lost a dear aunt, Maria Victoria.On this day, we continued with the works on Missionary Creativity. We are invited to share with spontaneity and in a free manner, our current feelings or sentiments which lies within us. Also, a reminder of the morning reflection, the words of Pope FrancisRead More...Read more
We started the day with prayers accompanied by the Mayan Cross, peculiar of the Mayan spirituality (from Guatemala) where we were all invited to a holistic dynamic from the four cardinal points. Having oriented us to the East, where the sun rises, we welcome all the energy we receive for the day; to the West, where the sun sets, we make a balance/evaluation of all that was realized in ourRead More...Read more
The first Christian communities went to Jerusalem to share, in synodality with all the apostles, their missionary life, triumphs, difficulties and new challenges. In this Chapter, we likewise have undertaken this journey to share experiences, preoccupations, and together allow ourselves to be illumined by the Holy Spirit through the words of each of our sisters.Sister Geraldina told us that, resuming the theme of the Synod of Women, that “All voicesRead More...Read more
Yesterday, our dear Sister Geraldina accompanied us with THEOLOGICAL ILLUMINATION for the dimensions of MISSION AND FORMATION. In this journey of Chapter works, we follow the same methodology as what was then utilized for SPIRITUALITY and COMMUNITY, highlighted principal elements that appeared as responses for the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT Analysis), so also with respect to this case, when the group work was done, then, plenary.For us, itRead More...Read more
We began the day with the Eucharist, having in mind the life of Madrid´s patron saint, “San Isidro”, we are grateful for his testimony of life as a farmer and as a lay person.Sister Geraldina Cespedes, has guided us throughout the day with the theme “Mission and Formation, for what do we form ourselves? We´d like to share some ideas of her reflections:We are urged to a Papal invitation, heRead More...Read more
It´s a Sunday, most of us went to Toledo. Indeed, it has been a day full of gratitude and sharing. The trip was entertained by lively songs of the sisters from different countries.Toledo is a beautiful and historic city with an incredibly rich cultural patrimony.By the work of art, we were given the chance to appreciate the existence of three cultures: Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions.We visited the “Sinagoga deRead More...Read more
MOTHER ASCENCION NICOL GOÑI
A woman who left behind her land and securities
“I felt no great enthusiasm…but an irresistible strength that led me to offer myself…”
Ascencion Nicol was forty-five years old when she embraced the missionary challenge proposed by Monsignor Zubieta of going to the Peruvian jungle and being able to contribute her gifts and extensive experience in favor of the education and formation of girls and women from the jungle. The context she will face would be totally different to the school of Huesca. However, her deep fidelity, her restless and attentive spirit to what god wanted for her pushed her to offer her life to the cause of the kingdom.
MONSIGNOR RAMON ZUBIETA
Missionary in the Philippines
“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Ramon Zubieta, who was eager to preach, lived his first missionary experience in the Philippines. He is an open missionary, who combines faith and human promotion, wishes to embody himself and to know the culture of the communities which he must confront. He learns their languages and customs and spends a lot of time speaking to them. He promotes health, education and improvement in farming.
Due to the independency movements within the region, he was taking as prisoner along with other companions suffering from starvation and torture, but finally he is released.
“The soul that it offers itself as a victim is as if it was telling god: Here I am to comply your will; here I am to suffer, to love, to immolate myself, to keep quiet, to not wish anything that is out of you”
Mother Ascencion Nicol Goñi