A few sisters from India gather at the front door of the Motherhouse.
On Sunday, May 27th, the General Chapter of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny opened with the celebration of Pentecost. The General Chapter is a meeting that takes place once every six years with delegates from around the world gathering to set the direction of the congregation for the next six years. At this Chapter we have 90 delegates representing France and Switzerland; Spain; Portugal; Ireland and Great Britain; Angola and Guinea Bissau; Madagascar; Reunion; India and Nepal; New Zealand and Philippines; United States and Canada; Antilles and Guyane; Haiti; Peru and Cuba; Senegal, Niger and Mali; West Africa; Central Africa; Seychelles and Tanzania; the Pacific; Brazil; Guinea; Mozambique; St. Pierre and Miquelon; Paraguay and Argenina; Australia and Papua New Guinea. There are 44 English speaking delegates, 27 French speaking delegates,
12 Portuguese speaking delegates and 7 Spanish speaking delegates. Truly a world wide gathering!
After a week of retreat, the work of the chapter begins. Keep us in your prayers as we seek the way forward!
On 12 May 1807, nine young women pronounced their vows of religion
before the Bishop of Autun in St. Peter’s Church, Chalon. "Now we are
religious !" wrote Sister Anne Marie Javouhey who from now own could
give free rein to her dynamic spirit. She obtained permission to use the
Autun seminary which had become national property and there she
educated young girls and trained them for manual work.
On May 6th, 2012 the Partnership for Global Justice, the NGO that represents us at the United Nations, presented their 9th Annual Justice Award to The International Council of Thirteen Indigenious Grandmothers. In the fall of 2004, these women gathered from all over the world, thirteen
indigenous Grandmothers from Alaska, North, South, and Central America;
Africa; and Asia. They came together at the Tibet House Menla Mountain
Retreat center in upstate New York. Within three days they formed a Global Alliance for the good of all beings. To read more about these amazing grandmothers follow this link. http://www.grandmotherscouncil.org/