MDR Experiences

WhatsApp: Boon or bane?

Introduction Texts, Internet, social networks are “gift of God” if used wisely – Pope Francis “Emails, text messages, social networks and chats can also be fully human forms of communication. Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups.” said the Pope Francis in his message on the World Day of Communications in 2016.Read More...

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Behind the Mask

Behind the mask is a patient in fear, unsure what will happen after being brought here.Behind the mask is someone special who, was born for this moment to take care of you.Behind the mask is someone’s son or daughter, guiding you through these unchartered waters.Behind the mask, someone comes to you in prayer, full of mission and faith, guiding your care.Behind the mask, someone is leading the way, planning andRead More...

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COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND OUR MISSION

The intention of the Holy Father Pope Francis for the month of March was to pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity. This statement is printed in the 2020 calendar at least six months in advance. The Holy Pope might have been inspired or he sensed of the calamity that was going to take place in China. Similar calamitiesRead More...

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You’re living by faith?

It’s amazingHow people can live by faithWithout even realizing itRight now in our homeWe’re living by faithIn what the scientists told usWe’re living by faithIn what the virus is telling peopleLook at how our actionsIs the result of what we believe?If we notice everyone is wearing a mask nowWhen they go to public placesEverybody is washing their handsTill their skin has changed coloursAll because we believe in an invisible thingThatRead More...

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Dominic the Prophet

We as Dominicans are very privileged to belong to the spiritual family of St. Dominic. We are proud of him. The month of August is unique month for us the Dominicans because in this month we celebrate two important feasts.  The feast of St. Dominic and also the feast of Assumption of Mother Mary the great supporter of him.  As we celebrate the feast of St. Dominic let us haveRead More...

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Covid 19

COVID-19 is a battle for our souls, a “spiritual battle for the 21st century”.  It’s a battle and we will win. “Whenever we feel overwhelmed by the chaos and difficulty of life, we can turn to God in prayer for peace and serenity. In this time of uncertainty, fear, seclusion and separation from what we term ‘normal,’ our human solution is to ‘handle it ourselves.’ But that is not what ourRead More...

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Temporary Vows’ Renovation

Listen to what God wants from you: “And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6, 8) To me, having renewed my vows -my option of living a religious life- in times of pandemic is to thank my vocation as well as the vocation of my companions Frania, Eveling and Yaneth, who being from differentRead More...

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DOMINICAN MISSIONARY SISTERS OF THE ROSARY – NICARAGUA Living from Hope

Dear sisters, please receive our more sincere greeting. From Nicaragua we want to share some of the experiences that we have lived in the last months. Some of us will make it by writing and others by a video that will get to you. We are just like everybody else -as presence of the Congregation in this country- living in hope. As we all know, Nicaragua lives since 2018 underRead More...

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Participation in the formation course ‘Preparation for Formation of Companions’ (PAF-Guatemala)

The experience of PAF (curso de Preparación para Acompañantes de la Formación, in English: course ‘Preparation for Formation of Companions’) has been a great gift received at the beginning of this year. I want to praise the wisdom of these words: “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3, 1) these words I know them by heart after they were repeated over andRead More...

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CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT MATTER…WE SAY YES!

We -Angelica Gomez (Mexican) and Onelia Lopez (Guatemalan)- want to share what it means to profess our temporary vows during this pandemic in the Congregation Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary. It has been an event where we have felt welcomed, supported and empowered by God and by all the sisters in the Congregation.   Since our first call in this walk with Jesus along with our brothers and sisters,Read More...

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An experience is shared with us from Peru

This community of elders is called Ascension Nicol and Ramon Zubieta. The nine sisters who form the community greet you. Some with more and others with less limitations due to our age, but we are all conscious. We are spending our quarantine in good conditions and being wonderfully served by two paramedics, one in the day shift and the other in the night shift. In addition, there are other employeesRead More...

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A reflection is shared with us from the Philippines

The Asian continental novitiate in Manila shares with us the following reflection: The Silent MasterIn the day there was a great master, who is silent and extremely brilliant.He started his trip from Wuhan to Italy and now he is everywhere.While he arrives to a country the whole world participates, crying with sadness.He took some lives in silence.Many meetings, churches, schools, hotels and dormitories were shut down immediately.The time has come,Read More...

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DO NOT BE AFRAID BECAUSE I AM WITH YOU

We have been experienced this pandemic, Covid-19, for almost half a year. People lost their loved ones daily here and there. Everywhere there is a solitude moan. We are afraid ourselves of losing one of our loved ones and we are also afraid of dying without our relatives next to us. On the other hand, we are always reminding that these fears will only lead us to a futile anxiety.Read More...

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From the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Do we fight Coronavirus using vaccines or by changing our mentality? One of the articles in the last IDI (598) of May 2020 by Neil Mitchell, OP, caught my attention and it has made me to reflect on how we can defeat this wicked pandemic. We already know the world’s reaction -especially in Africa- in relation to the possibilities of developing vaccines against Covid-19. As Africans, we have lived horribleRead More...

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From Ecuador…

Two former students from the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary shared: EXPERIENCE LIVED DURING THE PANDEMIC. In the last week of March, the pandemic broke out in Guayaquil, a port city of 2,3 million inhabitants, where almost half of the Covid-19 cases in Ecuador took place. You can see the horror and the tragedy. Fear is felt everywhere, and families wander in the city knocking doors to get aRead More...

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MY EXPERIENCE IN THE CENTRAL AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF SPIRITUALITY SOCIETY OF JESUS

The Central American Institute of Spirituality (CEFAS in Spanish) has been doing this work for the last 25 years. It began by Father Carlos Cabarrus.  CEFAS develops an integral program in three areas: human, psychological and spiritual. It has a very complete team of professional experts who guide personal and group process of the participants. It is very difficult to talk about my experience lived in PAF…I will try toRead More...

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FROM THE ITINERACY OF RIVERS TO THE ITINERACY OF ACTIVITIES RELATED TO OUR EVANGELIZING MISSION

Our itinerant community, composed by four sisters and two Dominican monks, has the responsibility of encouraging the life of the missions Kirigueti and Timpia and their respective communities and just like other communities, we have been affected by the pandemic. As every year before we start with our missionary work, we got ready to plan. We like that our planning states day, month, hour, activities and person in charge. EverythingRead More...

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Dear Sisters

I would love to share with you the experience I have had in Spain collaborating with the congregational juniorate project. In the first place, I am thankful to the General Council for trusting me and give me the opportunity of sharing these days with the novice. From some time ago, I feel a special and urgent call: answering with the minister of healing, combining Spirituality and psychology; heal wounds andRead More...

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INTUITIONS

I was thinking to write about my experience lived during my first formation (juniorate, postulancy, novitiate and new generations) that the Ecuadorian religious conference offers (CER in Spanish) to the consecrated life, but my intuition took me somewhere else.   “Right there, that small woman, that is me. In the silence intimacy, where stillness embraces me, I recreated myself. The absence of noise was my nest. I spin across myself,Read More...

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HOLIDAYS IN QUARENTINE

I am on Holidays in my giant Democratic Republic of the Congo, where -as in any other country- it was ordered, on March 10th, a national emergency state, immovability and closed borders. All the activities are still suspended, and people continue their social lockdown. I think that -for a reason that only God knows- few days after I left Ecuador, the first Covid-19 was reported in Ecuador. If this wouldRead More...

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Unforgettable holidays

I am Hilda, I work in Quito for the last 7 years and I came to Peru during the first days of March to spend my holidays and to do some paperwork, something that I was able to do just before the government declared national immobility due to Covid-19. I am in Chiclayo in my sister’s house. From here I extend my fraternal and solidary greeting to all and eachRead More...

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“Only a woman, only she can reach another woman’s heart…”

I have always been moved by the expression of our founding Father: “Only a woman, only she can reach another woman’s heart…” My Dear Sisters: I want to share with you how this expression of our founding Father is heard by myself since I was in my internship and how it has marked my pastoral life with women in different countries… Sisters, without taking out the first sense of theseRead More...

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“We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat”

Dear sisters, I was asked to write my experience while living in Ecuador and that is what I am going to do. On March 11th, 2020, I arrived to Quito, Ecuador’s capital, from Chile, following my missionary dream that was born when I was a novice in Lima in the years 1990 and 1991. In this missionary experience, my assigned community is Quininde, located in Esmeralda province, Ecuador. However, byRead More...

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In the silence of Everything

Hello! I am Sara del Pilar and I was born near of the ocean in Mancora, Peru. I have come to Quito, Ecuador where I have lived 30 beautiful years. The last years, I have been living in Rosario (Argentina) because I was studying, and I came back to Quito at the end of 2019. I was tired of the books and the city. I felt I needed to stopRead More...

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Education within reach of countryside youth

I committed myself to accompany girls and teenagers in the “Proyecto Promocion de la mujer” (Women’s promotion project) of the Missionary Sisters of the Rosary in the boarding school “Santa Rosa” of San Ignacio, Cajamarca, because we value countryside girls’ education since it is very important for their development, especially considering the dangers that they face.   I arrived to the boarding school on March 10th, a week before theRead More...

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Missionary experience in Barañain, Pamplona

The mission has been, is, and will be an unforgettable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. It is a joy and plenitude feeling that it cannot be compared to any other luxury that we have in our everyday life. The mission involves many pleasant experiences despite the challenges that are also part of the missionary life. The missionary experience is expressed as a life novelty in all the dimensions ofRead More...

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SESSION OF THE MIXED INTER-POSTULATE

The session among postulants takes place every third weekend in ITPR-Mvolyé from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The program includes animation, eucharistic celebration, meals, the works at the crossroads, different household chores, etc. During the year different topics are programmed and among them, we chose to talk about “Self-knowledge.” To know yourself is very complex because you must go deeper to know our being. We cannot just base on theRead More...

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THE FLOWER OF CONTAINMENT IN THE COMMUNITY

Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Yaunde community is composed by twelve members. From March 18th we have been taken the actions suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO), the government, Cameroonians and the Catholic Church to fight against corona virus (COVID-19). We have been taking these suggestions and we decided to make the following commitment: Each of us has a bucket of water and soap outside our houses to washRead More...

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Don’t be afraid!

Don’t be afraid! These words were pronounced by beatus John Paul II on the day of the inauguration of his pontificate, October 22nd, 1978 and are still relevant today. I allow myself dear sisters to dedicate these words to ourselves in the difficult times we are facing. Don’t be afraid because Christ has defeated death. He’s alive, it is Easter!           We have been called to accept life as it is,Read More...

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GET UP AND SERVE WITH LOVE

By using this title my dear sisters, we want to share with you the different tasks we have in our community (Nuestra Senora del Rosario) and the joy and love that characterizes each of us when serving others. These tasks are cooking and liturgy. Each of the tasks is developed from Sunday to Saturday by us in groups of two members each (one sister and a postulant or two postulants).Read More...

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INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE EASTER IN SIMBOK

Within 24 hours, 3 couples became parents of 6 wonderful babies in our hospital ‘Notre Dame Du Rosaire De Simbok’ on April 15th. Many times, we focus on what is wrong: water and light problems, personnel arriving late, carelessness, patients’ ingratitude, exhaustion, failure, etc. It is not easy to deal with people or to manage goods. We forget to have a positive perspective about things and to be thankful toRead More...

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THE SPORT: A PASTORAL AND MISSIONARY EXPERIENCE

Motivated by our Congregation’s constitution (number 44, page 37), which invites to incarnation, I included myself among teenagers to evangelize. In our action plan, we have many activities in the program, including practicing sport on Saturday morning, though unfortunately coronavirus has prevented us from practicing. The main objectives for incarnation and joining teenagers’ group are: Being close to teenagers to help them to evolve -especially those who are isolated- towardsRead More...

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Easter from Macau

We have a remarkable Easter for the Global church. With so many countries on lock down, unable to attend mass or come together in this Easter. But we were lucky the religious group here in our place with the permission of the Bishop we can celebrate Mass in the convent without outsiders of course only the priest. We need to open our eyes and our hearts in order to recognizeRead More...

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He is Risen, Alleluia!

Easter is a time of rejoicing of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ that, He died and rose again in order to bring new life to the humanity.  We are also inspired by the words of Pope Francis during Easter time. “The grace of God washed us of our sin and we took on Christ; Every time Catholics receive the Eucharist, They are united with the Servant Christ in obedience toRead More...

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Love as saying to the poor that “you are not alone”

The right to christian funeral is not a due  for many reasons ranging from the situation of communion of the deceased with the Church, that of the family  and sometimes, unfortunately, for economic reasons because it is necessary to pay some fees for the mass. Well, for Brice, a poor young sick man who died at Batcham Fiela in December 2019, things were easier. The priest announced one day atRead More...

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Welcome to the web portal of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary

Full of joy we invite you to visit our new web portal, let’s share the good news with our contacts and invite them to be part of this great family! For us this is an opportunity, an open window for continuing our mission to those who surf the net. The beautiful and diversified presences we have in the world are worth communicating them. Every action, even the smallest one isRead More...

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Leadership and context

Christ encouraged us with an example of limitless sacrifice. This testimony may seem to be resignified in our current context. Our leaderships require to pay attention to basic needs such as listening, welcoming, service and merciful gaze. It is vital to irradiate a humanizing leadership in the middle of these social, values and health crisis. The evangelizing exercise of attending with dedication and disposition to our children underlines not onlyRead More...

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Prayer in times of coronavirus

Father and Mother of all creation God of mercy and compassion Today your daughters and sons, who you have tattooed on the palm your hands, Cry out to you, from our fragility From this deep via crucis we are suffering as humanity   Give strength and protection to all health care workers who expose their lives to save the lives of others. Give intelligence and wisdom to all the scientistsRead More...

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One thing, everything there is in the now of time

Everyone desires to live a life at its best. How we define “best” has something to do with what we have in our hearts and to seek every possibility to fulfill it. Just as what we desire and how we seek to fulfill them is marked both by our uniqueness and character.  In this land of the living that we all share, we dare to care and to get connectedRead More...

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Moments of joy in the community

Our communities must be joy communities This is a day for renewing the vows of one of our young professed in Notre Dame du Rosaire community in Yaundé, Cameroon. We believe in religious life, we believe that our convents are places of prayers and pity only, of sacrifices for resembling Christ’s suffering, places where we should resolve conflicts and our differences, which usually put us under tension, places where weRead More...

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First vows’ celabration in Batcham, Cameroon

We lived an awesome experience during Sister Edith Verdiane Djuidje’s first vow profession. It was very moving and touching as it was the first time that temporary vows took place in Cameroon, especially in Batcham, a land known for being very attached to its traditions and not much to the Christian culture. What excited me most is that the ceremony was all organized by the Batcham community, the community inRead More...

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Peace as the fruit of a prayer for peace in India

Last December, during the Dominican month of peace, we had as a community a spiritual journey to India, in communion with the whole Dominican family who prayed for peace in India as instructed by the former Master of the Order, Fray Bruno Cadoré. How did it go? Each sister, after having chosen a task (to research data on a)  India geography b) the history of the establishment of the DominicansRead More...

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Christmas celebration in “Ngouache”

Since October 30, 2019, the name “Ngouache” has a sad connotation; a landslide claimed the lives of more than 40 people, leaving others homeless and deprived of their possessions. The news provoked a very strong emotion throughout the country, but some went beyond emotion. Who are they? Well, a journalist -who works and live in France with his family- explained to his children the situation of the children survivors ofRead More...

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The Richness of Simplicity

Our common study on the mission with the Dominican Family, has given us the opportunity to go to Dagat-Dagatan, Pampanga, a place  surrounded by garbage, to experience the lifestyle of the indigenous people. Through this small mission exposure we are able to experience how to live as a Missionary, following the example of our Founders Msgr. Ramon Zubieta and Blessed Ascension Nicol. Both mission places remind us of our callRead More...

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Kawsay-Peru

KAWSAY NETWORK (PERU)

Somos uma Rede Internacional de Vida Consagrada, uma comissão permanente da Conferência dos Religiosos do Peru, comprometida em construir uma sociedade sem tráfico de pessoas, promovendo através de ações concretas, dignidade, justiça e solidariedade. Em Lima, de 8 a 10 de maio de 2019, realizamos o VIII Encontro Nacional da Rede Kawsay Peru, “Vida consagrada por uma sociedade sem tráfico”, com a participação de 39 congregações, incluindo nosso MDR. DesdeRead More...

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Namacurra

NAMACURRA: A GROWING MISSION

A part of the seed fell on good land… We, the sisters of San Martin de Porres community, continue our pastoral work in Namacurra mission. This mission was originated by the proposal of our Quelimane Bishop, Hilario da Cruz Massinga, who asked a missionary to collaborate and accompany Namacurra mission, which is more than 300 kms from Quelimane where we lived. There was nobody to evangelize 50 christian communities there.Read More...

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Chile

MISSIONARY MONTH OF MARY (Chile)

The arrival of November brings the charm of the beginning of the month of Mary, which is very important for our country. This month is being celebrated in the middle of a social outbreak, which is a product of tremendous inequality, low salaries, bad quality health, very poor pensions and very expensive medicines, among many other factors. Just like Israel walked through the desert amid difficulties, our country is inRead More...

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Spain

SHARED EXPERIENCE (SPAIN)

During the last two months with our elder sisters of the community: Baranyain, Burriana and Leon we lived unique moments of ease, joy and sense of belonging. The first aspect that facilitated our integration was the reception from the sisters, which makes us feel as if we were part of the communities. We were marked by the virtues, the sense of belonging and the responsibility they showed for one another,Read More...

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Guatemala

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Lc 1, 45) (GUATEMALA)

“Jireh” settlement (The Lord my provider) is located on 23rd avenue in Guatemala City. By watching how a group of women from this settlement live and coexist makes us think about how they can organize themselves among many uncertainties and are able to move forward with their families. The capacity of generating joy and optimism in their everyday lives and the encounters they have every Wednesday to share God’s word.Read More...

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South Peru

DAYDREAM LIVING (SOUTH PERU)

We shared with you what we have lived, listened, and experimented while being with Matsiguengas women in Ivochote chapel -from Quillabamba community- by our sister Ester Rojas Natividad. I have been working with Matsiguengas women for 13 years in the upper and middle Urumabma, located in La convencion province in Cusco, Peru. Currently, many Matsinguengas women dream about being “somebody in life” in their community. They aspire to have recognitionRead More...

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Nicaragua

To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1: 7) (Nicaragua)

Amid a reality of death, repression, imprisonment, abusive dismissal, cancelation of juristic person to Human Rights and other GNOs, attacks towards media and invasion of their facilities, and thousands of people migrating to other countries there is a light shining. A faint light at times, but it never goes out. The value, bravery and courage of teenagers -even under imprisonment- continuously provide hope for a new tomorrow for all ofRead More...

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Philippines

DISCOVERING THE TRUE HAPPINESS (The Philippines)

“The secret of peace and happiness is found in one’s self-denial, in emptying oneself and letting everything be filled by God’s love” (Blessed Ascension Nicol Goñi).  There are people who search for happiness in the material things: money, cars, possessions and other things that are not from God. Mother Ascension gives us the clear answer to happiness: true happiness is to be found only in God by discovering oneself. LetRead More...

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India

A CELEBRATION WHICH BRINGS JOY TO THE UNLOVED (India)

Matru Chhaya is a trust run by Dominican Sisters in Balasinor Taluka of Mahisagar District, in Gujarat State.  Our vision is to become a reality the rights of equality as well as the right of living with human dignity in the villages where we work. Our mission is to work among the marginalized and disadvantaged section of the society for a free and just world. We do this by creatingRead More...

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Congo

COME TO SEE (Congo)

We shared with you dear sisters the different events that marked our lives in the postulate in Malaika community in Kinshasa. We entered the postulancy on April 29th, 2018. We started by living a three days retreat called “Come to see”. Our retreat was animated by the MALAIKA’s community sisters: Sister Ines Raimundu and Sister Wivine Munduku. Our entrancy to the postulancy had place during an eucharistic celebration honored byRead More...

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