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Sister Agnes Campbell's November 2 Introductry Statement

Agnes Campbell, CND

Well, our ship is in port, preparing for the next phase of our journey. The ship is in good condition. It has been recently serviced in Cornwall where it was found to be a very sturdy vessel. During many, many years of sailing, work has been done periodically to preserve the essentials and to constantly renew what was needed to respond to the reality of the times. The various crews over the years have proven to be excellent leaders and have acted to ensure that Marguerite’s Congregation continues to embrace her spirit and to reach out to answer the needs of our time, especially to bring the love of God to all.

We set out this time with a new crew. Three of the members of the former crew along with the Bursar are now moving on to various other endeavours. They have made their valuable contribution and are now ready for other experiences.

While the vessel was being serviced in Cornwall, it was acknowledged by those present that we are living in changing times, in a world where people are desperately seeking to be able to live peacefully in a human way. The new crew, in a way, is a response to the call to renew. It is intergenerational, intercultural and international.

Our passengers and crew have been preparing for this journey for quite a long time. In preparation for the overhaul in Cornwall, we have taken to heart the call to become more deeply rooted in Jesus Christ. From this contemplative stance we were all invited to help chart the course of the next five years. To quote Elizabeth Lindsey, an anthropologist, “True navigation begins in the human heart. It’s the most important map of all.”

We are called to move out beyond our present human experience and assumptions and dare to live interculturality, go to the peripheries and honour and respect our “common home.” We are all on this ship together with Jesus Christ as our captain. Jesus calls us to “Put out into the deep.” The response to this calls all of us to respond with unconditional trust.

With fresh enthusiasm, we are ready to launch into the future, crew and passengers, collaborating together to cultivate love and compassion among ourselves and among the people of God.

Dans un nouvel enthousiasme, nous sommes prêtes à lancer dans l’avenir, l’équipage et les passagers, en collaborant ensemble pour cultiver l’amour et la compassion entre nous et dans le peuple de Dieu.

Con un nuevo entusiasmo estamos listos para lanzar en el futuro, tripulación y los pasajeros, colaborando juntos para cultival el amor y la compasión entre nosotros y entre el pueblo de Dios.


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