Provincial Superior's 2015 Circular n.7

 

                                                                                                                    July 8, 2015

 

Dearest Sisters,

 

Let us raise up our praise and thanksgiving to God for having given to the Church the gift of Venerable Mother Scholastica Rivata! We have the joy of celebrating her 118th Birth Anniversary this July 12, which we highlight in our Philippine-Taiwan-Hong Kong Province with the entrance of Ms. Teresita Zhang from Fujian, China as prepostulant. May Mother M. Scholastica intercede for her and for the young ladies being invited to follow Jesus Master in our PDDM Congregation.

I am sure that you have already read the latest circular of our Superior General announcing, among other things, that the 9th PDDM General Chapter will be held on April 30 to May 28, 2017 at the Bethany House/SGM in Via Portuense, Rome, guided by the theme New Wine in New Wineskins. In the same letter, she exhorts us to “rediscover the evangelical quality of our personal, community and apostolic life. (…) Women’s communities of consecrated life are called today to a profound transformation toward those areas to which the love of Christ is urging us, whether in the young Churches or those of earliest Christianity. Listening and accepting serenely the reality, whatever that may be, will give us the opportunity for the lectio vitae, that is, the reading of reality with the prayerful gaze of faith in God.” (cf Circular no. 4, 2015).

As we look forward to the launching of the opening celebration of our 60th Anniversary of PDDM Foundation in the Philippines next month of August, I would like to invite each one to an in-depth reflection on our PDDM history here in the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. You may be aided in this by doing a contemplative reading of the highlight article “Counting our Blessings” published in Echoes of Life n.1, 2014. It is our hope that for our 60th Foundation Anniversary next year – August 25, 2016 - we will not be simply reminiscing the glorious and blessed moments of the past. Rather, we desire to be united as a Province in discerning together and coming up with an integral vision and concrete strategies to creatively collaborate in bringing to fuller maturity the design of God for our Congregation here in the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. I quote here what I wrote in the letter dated June 29, 2015 informing you of the result of our provincial survey on what proposal to present the Superior General and Council regarding the alienation of our property in view of apostolic development: after considering your responses, we have discerned that to have a more qualitative response to this matter, we will have to consider also the deeper and integrated reflection on our charism, lifestyle and mission so as not to base our decision only on the urgent needs of the moment (need for cash, environmental issues such as avoidance of flood, noise, etc.) even if these things are also important. This can be an opportune moment to reflect on our PDDM life and mission in the present and the not so distant future. We will need to have a short-term, mid-term and long-term plan which will integrate various elements: trust in and guidance of Divine Providence, wisdom to know and courage to do what is best not only for the members and the mission now but also for the next generation; unity and collaboration in pursuing common vision and objectives.” We hope to discuss this issue also in the next Formative Meeting of the Local Superiors and Bursars, details of which you will find in the attachment.

We accompany with our prayers the return of Novice Teresa from her apostolic experience in Korea come July 12, 2015 and our three novices who are preparing for the First Religious Profession on August 15, 2015. I would like to ask your intercession as well for the participants of the AMRSP Joint Convention scheduled this July 13-17, 2015 in Cebu City guided by the theme “Prophetic Witnesses of the Gospel of Joy among the Poor.” We also count on your prayers for our sisters involved in the next step of apostolic centralization process which is the launching of the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) this month of July with the help of experts in the field. Thank you for the collaboration and cooperation of everyone.

As we learn to discover and accept the interconnectedness among us and around us, let us allow every reality to become a means for our sanctification, as Pope Francis writes in Laudato Si’. “The human person grows more, matures more and is sanctified more to the extent that he or she enters into relationships, going out from themselves to live in communion with God, with others and with all creatures. (…) Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.” (n.240)

Again, we ask the blessing and intercession of Mother M. Scholastica, our first Mother, as we continue to be inspired by her joy in service and her apostolic zeal. I greet you all affectionately in Jesus Master,

     Sr. M. Gemma Victorino