General Chapter: from April 19th to May 11th, 2018 in Castres

43° General Chapter of the Congregation in April - May 2018 at the Mother House.






Sisters of Immaculate Conception of Castres

Castres - April 19 and 20, 2018

April 19 and 20, 2018

Opening celebration - 43th General Chapter
Yesterday and today, together, around the fire, we renew the dreams of dignity and communion.

Castres - April 20, 2018

Our second day of Chapter was dedicated an deep reflection around the fire, giving name to the bonds and utopias that put us on the way to protagonize dignity and communion.

Around the fire ... Video

Castres - April 21, 2018

Presentation day of the synthesis of the Laboris Instrumentum by continent. To end this topic we did individual reflection after we shared in group, leaded by the speakers with the following words: confirmation, interpelation and interrogations. We concluded our day with the Eucharist.

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Castres - April 22, 2018

Panel religious life and laity in the perspective of carismatic family, disciple horizon, with the collaboration of our sister sisters Ir. Márian Ambrósio, Ir. Leonie Pregunta e Ir. Charlote Sumbamanu.

Castres - April 23, 2018

Panel: Other community is possible with leadership of the Spirit.

Castres -  April 24, 2018

We closed this day April 24 the panel : Another community is possible leaded by Fr. Jose Paredes. An impulse to think of changes of paradigms, to propose ways of transformation, assuming places where there is apparently no beauty, discovering in them the presence of God, to dream in times of darkness.

Castres -  April 25, 2018

Our journey' today Abril 25 we visited places that brought us to our origins : we visited Albi and Hauterive where we were received with a lit of love. We remembered histories of our St. Emilie around the chimney of the castle. In the litle church of the people where so many times Emilie prayed asking lights, and ond the Stone table where she announced to her father her project maturated in her hearth. To end our celebration a friendship that survived long time ago, flame burning in the heart of Leontine, St. Emilie de Villeneuve and Coraly de Gaix. The Gaix family made a big welcome to us with the warm Fiest!

Castres -  April 26, 2018

Today we hear reports from the Provinces of Europe, Gabon, PAO and São Paulo, on the three axes that guide the Congregation's project: Animation, Formation and Mission. We are grateful to God for the strength of the charism that encourages us to renew and recreate our missionary presences and overcome challenges in the service of the Kingdom.

Castres -  April 27, 2018

We follow our attentive listening to the information from the Provinces of Mato Grosso, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico and Amazone / Benin. Another day of gratitude to God for the animation, formation and mission that keeps life in motion and the charisma Blue well represented in various corners of this world.

Castres -  April 28, 2018

We closed the block of reports of the Congregation's Project: Animation, Formation and Mission, listening reports from Haiti, the Philippines, the General Team and Solidary Economy. Let us ask the bless of Lord and the Holy Spirit that moves us to live fraternity, creativity and commitment to the poor and suffering members of Jesus Christ.

Castres -  April 29, 2018

On Sunday we began with the Eucharistic celebration and continues the work by making a videoconference with Sr. Marly Benachio who presented the Congregational Educational Project, and then Marie Bèatrice presented the Orientations document for Continues Permanent Formation for Blue Family . Finally, Sisters Filomena Mecabô, Marie Sabine Fauquenois and Dominique Marie Aubran presented the methodology and structure of the two volumes that tell the richness of the history of our congregation.

Castres -  April 30, 2018

We started another week. Let us rehearse the steps to begin to think of ways of transformation that can guide us in our desire to live the mission as a charismatic family, dreaming, drawing and shaping new paradigms.

Castres -  May 1, 2018

After starting the day in the Santa Emilie memorial room, we have advanced a little more in the elaboration of our project, describing the transformation processes that we wish to make, choosing some specific themes. On this day we also said goodbye with gratitude from the lay women who accompanied us for 13 days and whose presence was of great importance for our reflections.

Castres -  May 1, 2018

We thank you, Marie Christine, Dilva, Marli, Graciela and Cécile for the dynamic and purposeful presence at this 43rd General Chapter!

Castres -  May 1, 2018

This is the party of the delegations Haiti and the Philippines on May 1.

Castres - May 2nd and 3rd, 2018

We are in discernment, pray for us!

In communion with the countries in conflict, with relatives of the priests murdered in the Philippines and Mexico, and with the victims of the collapse of an occupying building in São Paulo.

Castres - May 5, 2018

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Lay people

Is with gratitud  to God that accompany  us with His Spirit,  that we come  to announce our new team of councilors that will work toguether with Sr. Justi in her  Animation mission.

- Justi Munõz, España

- Rosângela Maria Altoé, Brasil

- Marie Béatrice Mbengue , Sénégal

- Irma de León, Paraguay

Castres -  May 6, 2018

Sunday outing... a little rest in Carcassonne! The city of Carcassonne situated in the south of France is a fortified city built in the twelfth century and restored in the nineteenth century. The first sight is the numerous towers and the double wall that protected the inhabitants. It is a city very visited by Europeans but also by all those who seek to study ancient vestiges. We were graced with the presence of the Horta-ES Community, which went to spend with us.

Castres -  May 7, 2018

During the day, we continued the preparation of the project that could guide the life of the congregation in the next five years, taking up the contributions of the groups on the proposed topics. A day of reflection and discussion that allowed us to advance in our process of collaborative construction.

Castres -  May 8, 2018

Our day was dedicated to thinking about the dynamics of transferring this chapter in the provinces of origin, to resume the writing of the project that we have elaborated in these last days and to make some general referrals. Today we also celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lujan, the patron saint of LA countries: Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Castres -  May 9, 2018

After the morning prayer, we continue our work by reading the proposals from the provinces, seeking to ascertain if any relevant issues should still be discussed or voted by the chapter. Afternoon free for some rest.