Every two years, the group WiF! (We in the Future!) consisting of the young Salvatorian women in Europe, meet together to deepen the Salvatorian charism, to strengthen the international unity and to look to the future. This year’s meeting took place in Poland at the Provincial House of the Salvatorian Sisters in Goczałkowice Zdrój, June 4-7, 2019. There were 21 participants from Albania, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Holy Land, South Tyrol, Germany, Hungary and Poland. The theme of the meeting was “Proclamation of faith today.” Together with the invited guests, the sisters reflected on how to reach the young people through the Good News and how to give witness, so that others can see Jesus in us. The words “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” inspired the group to share their experiences and to look at the realities around them.
The members of the Study Group Mary of the Apostles (SGMA) continued the historical research in Rome. They had their meeting from 15-26 July 2019 in the Mother House of the Congregation. The members are:
Maria Theresia Rainer (Co-coordinator), (South Tyrol)
Barbara Reynolds (USA)
Bernadetta Owsianka (Poland)
Natanaela Szczurko (Poland)
Gisèle Kashal Kufun (Congo)
The Group took time to visit some of the Salvatorian historical places in Rome during their research period. The outcome of their intensive research will be published in the website of the Congregation. The Congregation is grateful for their commitment to the Study group and their passion to make available original resources on Blessed Mary of the Apostles. These resources are very helpful for the ongoing formation and for the study of the members of the Salvatorian Family.
The meeting of the European leaders took place May 18–22, 2019 in Horrem near Cologne. These were the days leading up to the big European elections. In a Europe, where small-state nationalism is once again gaining foothold, borders are being raised and mistrust is sown, we Salvatorians are moving closer together to work together for human dignity. The focus of our mission in Europe is on the fight against human trafficking and “proclamation”, which means, finding ways and means, words and gestures to bring the liberating message of Jesus Christ to people.
In this meeting we also made a start to examine the elements of our Declaration of the General Chapter 2018 that we want to implement together in Europe.
In order to deepen our commitment and witness as Salvatorian women in Europe, we want to adapt our internal structures to the changed circumstances. This is a task for each unit and for each community. At this meeting, we came together in Neuwerk, the home of Blessed Mary of the Apostles (the religious name of the first Salvatorian, Therese von Wüllenweber) and signed the statutes for our closer cooperation. We belong together in Europe and in our diversity we can stand united for human dignity. In this way, we make it possible that others might experience a little of what Jesus described as the Kingdom of God.