25 YEARS IN ROMANIA
25 YEARS IN ROMANIA
Even those of us who live here find it hard to believe that the Congregation has been here in Romania for 25 years. As Campulung seems to be the "Selly Park" of Romania, the celebrations were held on Saturday 7th November. Sister Teresa Murphy, the first of our visitors arrived on the Tuesday and on Wednesday we celebrated with the elderly who come to the soup kitchen three times a week for a hot meal.
Sisters Alina and Simona arrived on Wednesday evening after an eight hour journey and Sisters Juliana and Maria joined us the Friday evening having travelled for four hours. Luckily the weather was beautiful, unusually sunny and warm for the time of year.
Saturday was the Congregational Day and we started with a prayer. On this day we began our Chapter preparation, We discussed our Mission Statement in the light of our mission here in Romania and realised that over the years we have moved from buildings to consolidation and living the Gospel, in friendship and solidarity with others.
Father Petru celebrated Mass in our Chapel and he thanked the Congregation for our courage and faith in coming to Romania on 15th October 1996, for our commitment over the years and he wished us well for the next 25, 50 ...... years. He also remarked on the coincidence of celebrating our 25th during the year of Consecrated Life.
After Mass it was time to remember and celebrate. Stories of incidences of language, misunderstandings caused the most laughs. We recalled with gratitude the many sisters who have ministered in Romania since our foundation, the contribution they have made, the seeds sown, the dignity of each one as we continue to live and share Gospel values in friendship and solidarity with others.
Our celebratory meal was held in Caritas "Impreuna" restaurant.
On Sunday we celebrated with parishioners and our visitors left us at various times during the day.
On Friday 13th November we celebrated with pupils and Staff in Scoala Sfantul Iacob and who knows, with God`s help someone may decide to join us and continue our mission here in Romania.