Vocations Sunday APRIL 2018
Pope Francis in his letter for Vocations Sunday reflected on Jesus returning after his time in the desert. He did three things before he began his mission: he listened to the Word, discerned the content of the mission entrusted to him by the Father and proclaimed that He came to accomplish it today (Luke 4:16-21). This model of listening, discerning and praying is a model for all of us to follow as we try to live out our vocation.
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MESSAGE FROM UCESM 18th GENERAL ASSEMBLY MARCH 2018
During these days we have had the opportunity to experience our unity through diversity. Gathered together as the religious of Europe, we have heard the call of God and the Church, to go out towards the people in need.
We are deeply moved by the suffering of millions of displaced people who migrate from all over the world and within Europe. As UCESM (the Union of European Conferences of Major Superiors), we want to enlarge the space of our tent to welcome them.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, moved by the Holy Spirit and the challenges we heard throughout our time together, we commit to continue to support the migrant population in Europe. Through respecting and defending the dignity and human rights of all migrants we will endeavour to address their needs through accompaniment, service and advocacy.
UCESM, comprising intercultural communities in the Church in Europe, commit to stand beside our displaced brothers and sisters in friendship and prayer. We also support everyone in their right to have a home. Our hope is to be open to each one with a listening heart.
We are all called to go out, to meet migrants, to take action as a congregation and from our communities where we are. It is by uniting on this global path of understanding and action that we will be a prophetic witness of God’s love to all people. By loving each other, including our neighbour and the other, the space of our hearts will be enlarged and our ‘tent’ will encompass many more.
Snagov, 9 March 2018
Meeting with Apostolic Nuncio
The Executive and Secretary General of AMRI met with the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, at the Apostolic Nunciature on 1 February 2018, the feast of St Brigid.