During the month of March and part of April, members of the General Leadership were  away from Rome visiting various parts of the Institute. When we returned home, the beautiful and lush trees on our property had been dramatically pruned including the beautiful lemon trees that had been damaged during the winter cold spell.  Would they ever bear fruit? How long will it take?  Surprisingly, within weeks, new signs of life began to sprout. We were reminded of the theme of our 2016 General Chapter, I am the Vine…Prune For Fruitfulness. 


Pruning prepares nature and prepares us for the work that God wants to do in and through us. It prepares us for fruitfulness.  After consulting with participants at Extended General Council Forum in September of 2017, the General Leadership team has chosen “Hope Continues to Bloom” as the theme for General Visitation.  As we prune for fruitfulness, signs of hope emerge all around us. 

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Sr. Monique Tarabeh, RGS designed the banner for our Webpage.  It is meant to reflect a story of emergent hope weaving together the past, present and future of our Institute.  Last week, during our visitation with our sisters in Canada, we witnessed the peace and joy of our elderly sisters, we stood on holy ground at the grave of the sisters whose shoulders we stand on, and we embraced a deepening hope for the future.

Hope does continue to bloom!

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