11 October 2012
Dear Sisters, Associates, Colleagues and Friends,
Greetings from the Congregational Leadership Team of the Holy Faith Sisters for the Year of Faith!
The Year of Faith gives us many opportunities:
- to thank God for the gift of faith to us
- to continue to nurture the faith in those close to us
- to support those whose faith is being tested
- to share our faith in Jesus in our social and professional circles
- to invite others to explore the following of Christ in parish programmes such as the RCIA
- to promote justice and peace in all our activities
- to build relationships with those of other faiths to foster mutual understanding, peace and harmony.
Together let us embrace these opportunities with fresh energy and commitment.
Living the Year of Faith
We make one practical suggestion and that is to centre our efforts for the Year of Faith on the word of God. Not only can reflection and prayer on the word of God strengthen our own faith as a community of believers but it is also an activity which we can easily invite others to join. How about starting a Gospel reading and prayer group for a few weeks during the Year of Faith?
We finish by announcing two projects we are undertaking in the Year of Faith:
New Mission in Riwoto, South Sudan
In January 2013, three sisters will go to South Sudan to open a primary school in a remote area where the Kiltegan Fathers have been working for some time. This is a service in nation-building to the people of the newest and poorest country in the world where only 2% of the population has completed primary school. We ask your prayers for the sisters who have offered themselves for this ministry and for the people of South Sudan.
New Centre in Glasnevin
The second project is a new Centre in our beautiful grounds in Glasnevin, Dublin. The Centre will be available to faith groups, parish groups, Holy Faith school groups and the local community to run their own faith programmes or to join in those offered by the Centre. A mix of talks and short programmes and space for prayer in tranquil surroundings should suit all tastes. In time, we hope the centre will become a place for ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue.
Let us pray that, together, we may encourage our sisters and brothers to appreciate their faith, to deepen it and to share it with others.
General Leadership Team
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