Recommended Links

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations
http://wucwo.org/

JPIC Commission, Rome
http://www.jpicroma.org/

Global Goals
http://www.globalgoals.org/

International Union of Superiors General
http://www.internationalunionsuperiorsgeneral.org/

Justice in Mining
https://justiceinmining.com/

Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat
http://www.sjweb.info/sjs/

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
http://preghieracontrotratta.org/

International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons
http://www.talithakum.info/

Solidarity with South Sudan
http://www.solidarityssudan.org/

Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors
http://www.ucesm.net/EN/index-2.html

Social Apostolate of the Jesuit Provincials
http://www.cpalsocial.org/

Center of Studies on Christianity and Justice
https://cristianismeijusticia.net/es

Latino-American Conference of Religious
http://www.clar.org/

Communion within our Congregation

2019 - SSpS Year of Communion within our Congregation

Our interculturality as SSpS is an expression of the Spirit's many faces.

Humankind is expanding its consciousness to global horizons. At the same time, peoples struggle to maintain their cultural identity and national sovereignty. We experience both the richness and the struggles of intercultural and intergenerational community living.

  • We become aware of and honestly own the lights and shadows of our intercultural and intergenerational living. We open ourselves to continuous transformation as we befriend diversity and the unknown.

Our formation today, both initial and ongoing, asks us to be open to paradigm shifts in the expression of our consecrated life, community life, and leadership styles. Congregational structures and leadership styles have to facilitate participation and communion. We experience the value of communal discernment and participative leadership. Moreover, the way we use our resources, both human and financial, and the way we make decisions and carry out our ministries have the concerns of the poor at heart.

  • We evaluate and re-form congregational structures to best serve our mission.
  • We use appropriate methods of communal discernment in our decision-making.
  • We examine our lifestyle in the light of our total commitment to mission and concern for the marginalized.

15th SSpS General Chapter

Immersed in the life of the Trinity,
transforming the world with compassion

PRAYER

Most Holy Trinity

We praise and thank you for calling us to share in your loving unity and for entrusting us with the mission of widening the circle of Communion.

As we prepare for our 15th General Chapter, send us your Holy Spirit to guide us in this discernment process, grant that we may be united as we listen with compassion to the longings of our Congregation and the cry of our broken world.

Help us to be attentive to your promptings and inspirations; empower us to joyfully renew our commitment.

Triune God, we long to be immersed in your life of love and to share in your work of transforming the world with compassion.

In union with our Founding Generation and the thousands of SSpS who have gone before us, we entrust our whole Congregation into your providential care.

May the Holy Triune God live in our hearts and in the hearts of all!

Trinity Tabernacle St Michael Upper Church

Trinity tabernacle at the upper church of St. Michael Mission House, Steyl

Essential aspects of SSpS life in mission

Spirituality and Charism

As Servants of the Holy Spirit, we are in communion with the spirit of the Founding Generation and the thousands of SSpS who came before us. Living in a fast-changing world that has become increasingly fluid, polarized, and technology-driven, our Trinitarian Missionary spirituality and charism impels us to have a contemplative stance and to be a transformative presence.

Community

There is a longing in us SSpS to make our communities truly homes. Inspired by the communitarian nature of the Triune God, we strive to be more self-giving, compassionate, relational, and united. We want to take a step further in intercultural and intergenerational living by valuing it as a gift to be celebrated and shared among us and with the world.

Mission

Our Congregation was founded for frontier mission. And today, the cry of the victimized, abandoned, oppressed and exploited demands our attention and action. We, like the Founding Generation, are challenged to respond audaciously and creatively to these cries. We foster greater collaboration and networking with laity, other congregations and organizations to continue God’s mission.

Peace-building and Reconciliation

We, SSpS recognize that there is woundedness and violence within us, in our communities, and in our world. We long to give authentic witness to the Spirit’s transformative power by being instruments of peace and reconciliation.

Leadership

Effective leadership is crucial for mission and we are blessed with competent sisters and lay collaborators. However, we acknowledge the reality of an ageing and dwindling membership, and the increasingly complex administrative challenges.

Technology and Social Media

The gift of technology and social media plays a vital role in our lives and holds great potential for mission. As a missionary congregation, we harness the power of modern technology to facilitate communion and promote Gospel values. At the same time, we are concerned about the consequences on the self, community and ministry when it is used inappropriately.

Formation

We are aware that integral formation is a life-long process and we appreciate the opportunities given to us to grow in our religious missionary vocation. Yet, realizing that the complexity of the world and mission itself has an impact on us, we feel that our formation needs to go further in helping us grow in maturity, personal responsibility and dedication to God’s mission.

Spirituality and Charism

A reflection by Sr. Krystyna Szweda SSpS

Spirituality is essentially about how we see, experience, and respond to the world in which we live, and to God’s presence in it. Historically, it was often associated with the so-called religious aspects of Christian life such as prayer, penance and fasting. More recently, it has been defined in wider terms and we can say that “spirituality” is our daily life lived in response to the Holy Spirit.

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“let your light shine” – encaustic painting – Roland J. Scheid SVD, Steyl

Community

A slide presentation by Sr. Maria Yosefina Neno SSpS

There is a longing in us – SSpS – to make our communities truly homes. Inspired by the communitarian nature of the Triune God, we strive to be more self-giving, compassionate, relational, and united. We want to take a step further in intercultural and intergenerational living by valuing it as a gift to be celebrated and shared among us and with the world.

Open/Download the slide presentation here

Leadership

A reflection by Sr. Ana Elídia Caffer Neves SSpS

Leadership in our Congregation is clearly seen as service. However, it brings with it many challenges, and probably for this reason, many Sisters really do not feel comfortable in this ministry. This year in which we deepen the “Communion Within the Congregation”, it is worth our while to reflect on the role of leadership, a role that requires a response to today’s challenges.

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EASTER

We celebrate the Risen Christ

We celebrate the Risen Christ

in every ray of sparkling sunlight

in every flower that opens

in every bird that sings

in every shade of green that surrounds us

in every drop of water that softens the earth

in every heart raised in prayer

in every cheerful face that gives hope.

Let us spread the Hope and Joy of Easter!

Happy Easter!

The SSpS Branding

Creating a common public image

Recommended Links

Materials on relevant topics for the Year of Communion within the Congregation

Community

Becoming Human (audio-book) by Jean Vanier

His journey and wisdom working with the most disabled

Community

Broken Body (audio-book) by Jean Vanier

The little way to be touched and transformed by the broken in our society

Empathy

The Present

An animated short film on empathy

Empathy

The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown

Studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love

Empathy

Brené Brown

Know more about the author in her website

Discernment

Contemplative Dialogue

Unleashing the Transformative Power of Communal Wisdom

Spirituality

Ronald Rolheiser

His books and reflections

Spirituality

Pray as you go

A mobile app for daily prayer and meditation

Spirituality

Richard Rohr: Take your Place at the Table

A reflection on the Trinity

Spirituality

Richard Rohr: From Disconnection to Connection

A reflection on the Trinity

Religious Life

Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI: A Vision for the Future of Religious Life

A reflection on religious life presented during the UISG Assembly 2019

Religious Life

Sr. Judette Gallares, RC: The Responsibility of Religious Life: A Biblical Perspective

A reflection on religious life presenting during the UISG Assembly 2019