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Yesterday, September 7th, marks the beginning of the Provincial Assembly of Evaluation – Day 1, for the English province.
For that, Sisters from our centres in England, Ghana and Liberia have traveled to St Augustine’s, our care home in Addlestone.
Firstly, the Assembly started with a retreat directed by Fr Martin Ashcroft. Particularly significant was the reminder that our role as Sisters Hospitallers is to help people see the significance of Jesus for their lives.
Therefore we, who work with the elderly in the twilight of their years, have the wonderful opportunity to help those whose relationship with God needs rekindling.
They may not have the wounds of the beaten-up man cared for by the Good Samaritan. But many do have other forms of hurt in their lives that need the wine and oil of healing, which we can offer through our Hospitaller ministry.
At the end of the day, we all gathered for the official opening by Sr Anabela Carneiro, General Superior at Sisters Hospitallers.
Sr Lourdes Sanz, our Provincial Superior, started by welcoming Sr Anabela and Sr Maria Begoña Perez, General Councillor. Moreover, she thanked all the Sisters for taking part in this Assembly.
After the welcoming words, Sr Anabela read her inaugural message.
She centred her message in four headings: Evangelisation, Discernment, Interculturalisation and Restructuring.
Messages of good wishes and offered prayers sent by the different communities were read to the assembly to put an end to the first day.
God has a plan for us, as He tells us thought the prophet Jeremiah: “I know what I have planned for you”, says the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” (Jeremiah 29: 11).
By Sr Isabel Cantón, Sister at St Teresa’s care home (London)