Saturday, October 21, 2006

Meeting update

Thanks for all the wishes for safe travels! We arrived safely in Rome after just barely making the connecting flight in Amsterdam. Half of our baggage didn't make the connection, but the airline delivered it later.

The meeting is an international meeting of the treasurers of the various provinces and delegations of the Daughters of St. Paul. It's only the second time in our history that we've had such a meeting, and the purpose is to help establish some general guidelines for administration and help the treasurers in their work.

This morning a Barnabite priest, Fr Franco Ciccimarra, spoke on what the Church teaches about the use of temporal goods. He spoke about how religious congregations have to give a real witness of poverty and live by the Church's social teaching. This has many applications in the work we do, our relations with employees, etc.

The meeting is being held at Ariccia, where our Founder, Bl. James, established a retreat house. It's a beautiful location on Lake Albano. You can see Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, in the distance on the other side of the large lake.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad your trip was safe and that your luggage came intact. Did you get a chance to see a little bit of Rome/Italy? Please pray for us when you visit some of the ancient Churches. Thank you.

Lisa said...

Sounds like a very important meeting of the community! Blessings on all the proceedings. What an important undertaking to examine the living out of evangelical poverty as an international community! So many times I think we think of vowed poverty in relation to the local context and, while that has relevance, your post highlights the greater relevance of the global community and how as an international community resources are for the greater common good as well.

Thanks for letting us know about this undertaking.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Sister, I wanna take a vow of poverty where I get to visit Rome and other cool places in Europe and all over the world. Dang, a vacation to anywhere would be nice right about now. I'd settle for a 2 star motel off the freeway for a day or two of nobody whining at me. Just kidding (kind of)! I hope you have a lovely and safe trip and take in a lot of information and spiritual enhancement so we can get some of that good learnin' by proxy!