Many of you will recall that some African prioresses came to at least one, if not more, of our federation chapter meetings to learn more about what a federation is and does and how it benefits the members. At first they asked if they could become part of the Federation of St. Scholastica. However, given the long distance between the North American and African continents, the Sisters were encouraged to form their own federation of African monasteries. While they have not yet sought canonical recognition, they have formed an association and are studying the possibility of becoming a canonical entity recognized by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Institutes of Apostolic Life. The Association of St. Mechtildis has been meeting for some years now. At least in 2016 and 2017 the Association has asked our federation to contribute financially to help with the expenses of their annual association meeting. In July 2017 their meeting will be held in Namibia. They are most appreciative of our prayers as well as our financial support.
March 27, 2017
Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, has just sent out his March 2017 circular letter. From its contents you will see that he has been and is quite busy with numerous travels of the last 6 months since being elected and as planned in the coming months. At the beginning of the letter he gives an update on the monks and nuns of Norcia since the devastating earthquakes of 2016.
On pages 5-6 of his letter, Gregory writes of his private meeting with Pope Francis and other meetings at various dicasterial offices of the Vatican.
Wishing you and your Sisters many blessings this Laetare week of Lent!
The Italian Earthquakes, August & October 2016
The September 2016 meeting of the CIB Conference was held in Assisi some days after the first devastating earthquake of 24 August 2016 hit Central Italy. Upon hearing of the extensive damage of some of the monasteries in that area, the CIB members voted to express the solidarity of all of our communities with them by a YEAR OF PRAYER to go until 24 August 2017 (the first anniversary of the first earthquake).
Every Wednesday (the day of the first earthquake), we invite you to pray this prayer (or a prayer of your own choosing) for all those affected:
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