20 Years after Beatification, Blessed Maria, Helena Stollenwerk
From the publication "20 Years after Beatification": During a solemn Eucharist in St. Peter’s Square on May 7, 1995, Pope John Paul II raised Mother Maria (Helena) Stollenwerk to the honour of the altars. Since then twenty years have passed. Both supporters and opponents of such events are asking more pointedly than ever: Was it worth all that time and effort? What have we gained?
Beatification process begins for Sr. Mary Michael SSpSAP
Bad Driburg / Generalate of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters from Steyl: In an official letter dated February 25, 2015, the Holy See has given the go signal for the beatification process for the Co-foundress and first Superior General of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters from Steyl, Adolfine Tönnies (Mother Mary Michael). On March 19 the so-called “Nihil Obstat” signed by Cardinal Angelus Amato was received. It opens the way for the beginning of the beatification process, which first begins on the diocesan level. On August 26, 2014, on the occasion of the centenary celebration of the mother house of the Sisters in Steyl (Netherlands), the request together with all the necessary documents regarding the opening of the process was presented to the Bishop of the Diocese of Roermond, Frans Wiertz.
Together Towards Life
The World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Commission for World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) organized a five-day conference in Bossey Ecumenical Institute - Geneva from 15th - 20th March 2015. The event was attended by 45 participants called “Commissioners” representing the vast spectrum of ecclesial denominations- both oriental and occidental. The Commissioners came from all over the world and included bishops, priests, ordained ministers both male and female, patriarchs, persons with disability, young and older people. Fr. Stephen Bevans SVD, Fr. Richard Nyombi M Afr. and Sr. Mary John SSpS were the three Catholic Commissioners who participated in the conference on behalf of the Catholic Church and who constituted the Catholic delegation with full voting rights.
SSpS-USA in the UN Commission on the Status of Women Conference
During the Commission’s annual conference this month Sr. Judy Vallimont and Arantxa Martinez from the Holy Spirit Life Learning Center participated with representatives of UN Member States and civil society organizations at UN headquarters in New York. They listened to reports on progress made, as well as on emerging issues that affect gender equality. As this celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Beijing conference, Member States drafted a statement on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields.