10 September 2017 – It was a joyful day as the participants coming from all the 44 SSpS provinces and regions gathered to formally open the 2nd SSpS International Provincial/Regional Treasurers Seminar, hosted by the Province of Argentina Misiones. Inspired by the Congregational Directions, the theme for this year’s seminar is “Temporal Goods at the Service of Communion”. The participants were welcomed in a traditional way through dances and sipping the “mate” (a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly in Argentina). The opening liturgy was made alive by the creative presentations of the youth, who lovingly gifted our sisters with crucifixes made out of native materials. In behalf of the participants, these gifts were received by Sr. Maria Sirle Lapieve, the provincial leader of Argentina Misiones, and Sr. Maria Theresia Hörnemann, the congregational leader.
In her opening address, Sr. Maria Theresia shared: “I am really touched by what I have experienced during the past 15 years in Rome regarding finances: that we always have enough to share with those who are in need. This was and is possible only because of the competent and dedicated service of treasurers on different levels as well as their respective leadership teams and of course the missionary spirit of our sisters and benefactors.”
For two weeks, the participants will strive to experience and deepen their mission as SSpS treasurers while building their interconnectedness; and grow joyfully as responsible stewards of our temporal goods at the service of communion especially with the marginalized and excluded.
Hopefully, the inputs, sharings, workshops and planning will provide the venue and opportunity to achieve the following objectives:
- To be renewed spiritually through faith sharing and reflection on spirituality and economy.
- To learn from one another through mutual sharing of blessings, challenges and realities; and to widen our horizons from various inputs.
- To acquire professional knowledge on managing investments in order to administer the assets of the congregation ethically, responsibly and with sustainability.
- To grow in interculturality while deepening the understanding of temporal goods in different cultures.
We wish our Sisters a blessed and fruitful seminar!