News 2015
The apostolic effectiveness of consecrated life…depends on the eloquence of your lives, lives which radiate the joy and beauty of living the Gospel and following Christ to the full. 

- Pope Francis, Apostolic Letter to all Consecrated people -
September 03, 2015 

Bishop Franz Wiertz of the Diocese of Roermond, opens today with a solemn Holy Mass the Beatification Process of our Co-foundress, Mother Mary Michael, Adolfine Tönnies.

After the Mass the members of the Church Tribunal for the Process was installed. The Tribunal is the competent authority who will gather, study, investigate and judge the historical documents as well as the testimony of many witnesses regarding the life and works of our Co-foundress.

After the conclusion of the first part of the process in the Diocese of Roermond, all results will then be submitted to the Vatican, where the Process will be continued.

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September 02, 2015 

This afternoon, we welcome in our midst our new Sister, generously given to us by our convent in Bad Driburg, Germany. Sister will be assigned in the infirmary to help take care of our old and sick sisters.

We are grateful to our Mother General and her Council for the gift of Sister to our community. May God reward them.


August 27, 2015 
News from our Convent in Cordoba, Argentina

Our heartfelt Congratulations and Best Wishes to
Fr. Bernardo Baier SVD, who celebrates today his 65 Years of Priesthood. He is a German SVD priest who has been a missionary here in Argentina since 1950.
A missionary through and through, he has loved our country and has become one of us.

We wish also to express to him our profound gratitude for all the great help he has extended to our community in many ways since our very beginning here in Cordoba and for serving us for the last ten years through the ministry of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

May God be his reward and may all his missionary works and efforts continue to bear fruit for the Church especially here in Argentina and for the whole world.


August 18, 2015

The participants of the 82nd SVD International Tertiate Renewal Program came today to meet with us and to get to know our Co-foundress, Mother Mary Michael. For some of them it is their first time to see a “pink Sister” in person. Like our Missionary Sisters, we have close ties with them since they are our eldest Brothers in the Arnoldus Family.

Not knowing much about our way of life they asked us questions about our daily schedule, our relationships with our families, contacts with outsiders and the like. Being contemplatives and not having the privileges that an active religious has like home visits and going on vacation, they expressed their admiration and at the same time their amazement at how we could persevere in this kind of life.

They acknowledged that only by God’s grace and a genuine vocation that enable us to live our contemplative-missionary life especially in this modern times.
Before parting we promised them our continued prayerful support and we asked for their priestly blessing. They, too, promised us their prayers. Big Brothers indeed!


July 17, 2015

The SSpS English International Tertiate 2015 was held in their Motherhouse, Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent, just a street away from us. Included in their program is a visit to our community in order to meet us and to know more about our Co-foundress, Mother Mary Michael. As we have the same Father-Founder, St. Arnold Janssen, and since we share a common spiritual heritage, we have close sisterly ties with them. We were happy to meet them, to hear from them about their mission - their difficulties and joys - and just to share with them as sisters would. We enjoyed meeting with them and we promised them our continued prayerful support; they, too, assured us of their prayers. What a blessing it is, indeed, to belong to a big religious family


June 27, 2015

This afternoon our new Stations of the Cross in the garden was blessed by Fr. Tony Gelinck, SVD. We started the prayers in the chapel, afterwards we went outside for the blessing. After it was solemnly blessed, we prayed the whole Station, with the Sisters taking turns in leading the prayer. After the blessing we went back to the chapel for the concluding prayers and for the benediction. It was a moving ceremony. Father affirmed it, too, and said that it was the most beautiful blessing of Stations of the Cross he had ever presided at. He encouraged us to keep in our hearts the experience of this day and to keep in our lives alive the meaning of this celebration and the significance of the cross of Christ.

The weather had also cooperated. This morning it was cloudy and was drizzling a little. There was not a positive sign of a good weather. But the Sisters seemed unperturbed. Nobody commented on the weather. There was a quiet confident trust in the divine Providence: if the Lord wants it, he will provide; and it was like a miracle. In the afternoon, the sun shone so beautifully, the ground was dry and it was pleasantly windy. A perfect afternoon!

We could only thank our good God!




June 14, 2015

In this Year of Consecrated Life, an extra “Open Kloosterdag” is held here in the Netherlands on June 14, 2015, wherein convents of religious orders and congregations are invited to open their convents and enclosure to the public. This extra “Open House” is held in response to the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis to all consecrated persons, encouraging and inviting them “to come out of themselves and go forth to the existential periphery” - to “go into all the world!”

This “Open House” poses the questions about religious
life these days: What does it look like? What makes it attractive? How does it address today man’s quest and longing for God?

As contemplatives with strict papal enclosure we responded to this invitation in the manner that is particular to us. We welcomed visitors in our convent, showed them our way of life through slideshow and entertained their questions. Our visitors were enthusiastic and supportive, and showed much respect and esteem for our life. At the end they entrusted themselves and their intentions to our prayers, which we gladly accepted and we promise them in turn our prayerful support.




June 13, 2015

Blessing and Inauguration of our convent in Villa Alemana, Chile

On June 13, 2015, our convent in Chile: Eucaristico Corazon de Jesus, was finally blessed and inaugurated after long waitings and many trials during the construction period. Yet even if they have to undergo many challenges along the way, they have also experienced the goodness of many people from the surroundings and other places. They experienced God’s providential love and care through them of which they are very grateful. On this day of their inauguration, they lift up to God in thanksgiving all those who have helped and supported them. May our Eucharistic Lord enthroned on the altar of this new convent bless them and the whole country of Chile as well as the whole world. May this continue to be a source of blessing and grace for all who come to adore our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament
.



May 22, 2015

We met our Mayor, Mr. A.S. Scholten, for the first time last November 4, 2014, when we invited him to meet with our Mother General and her Council. Among other things he related to us some interesting news in the Municipality. He said that it is his practice to visit and greet with flowers any couple in his realm who are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Since we, too, are "married" he said, he would like to include us on his list. He will come and greet with flowers whoever will celebrate her jubilee.

True to his word, this afternoon, May 22 (he could not come, though, on the day itself due to an appointment), he came for our Sr. M. Jacinta and handed her a beautiful boquet of flowers, which she received with great joy. She and Sister Superior received him in our room for visiting dignitaries and they have a cup of coffee with him. It was for Sister an unforgettable happy experience.




May 21, 2015

We are celebrating today the 65th Year of Religious Profession of our Sr.M.Jacinta. She is almost
89 years old, but she still helps in some small chores. But above all, it is her joy to pray. So often she says that now that she cannot work so much anymore, she gives all her time to prayer. Her 65 years of silent witness and joyful and loving service to the community is very inspiring and edifying. Surely a great reward awaits her in heaven!




May 19, 2015

It was suggested to us that we attach outside our wall by the gate a kind of showcase where we could display some information and photos about who we are. It was brought to our attention that passersby are often wondering: “who live in this big building and what are they doing?”

Brother Rector Roland Scheid SVD of the Mission House donated an unused showcase for this purpose. We made two posters with the same content in two languages: Dutch and English. Now it is hanging there and passersby look at it and they seem to get curious or interested that now there are more people coming inside our chapel. May the peace of our Lord fill the hearts of all who come to our chapel. 




May 3, 2015

Some lay missionaries from Portugal called “Dialogos”, whose main objective is to support the three Congregations of St. Arnold Janssen, were brought to us by Fr. Renato Gnata, SVD and Fr. Tony Pates, SVD for the purpose of getting to know us, whom they are assisting with their prayers and good works. They were shown a PowerPoint about our life and afterwards they asked us questions and also shared about themselves. They were so enthusiastic and were touched by the meeting. One could see how dedicated they are to their mission. We, too, were happy to meet them and we were impressed by their dedication and zeal in serving our Lord. We promised them our prayers.



April 21, 2015

As suggested by Pope Francis on this Year of Consecrated Life for “monasteries and groups which are primarily contemplative to meet or otherwise engage in an exchange of experience on the life of prayer, on ways of deepening communion with the entire Church...”, the Superiors of the three contemplative congregations in the Diocese of Roermond (where we belong) set a date to meet among themselves and share their particular way of life.

Our Sister Superior Mary Adjutrix, SSpSAP (in gray), Mother M. Mercedes of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (in blue) and the Prioress of the Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration, Mother
Immaculata, OSB met together on April 21, 2015 at the Convent of the Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration in Oude Munt, Tegelen. It was for them an enriching and encouraging experience. They plan to meet again sometime in October.



April 19, 2015

Our Sister from our convent in the Philippines arrived today, April 19, 2015, increasing our number to 20.
We are very happy to welcome her in our midst.
Since we are not only contemplative but also missionary, and we do not have vow of stability, we may be sent anytime, anywhere, wherever the need is
in any of our convents.



(We wear our gray habit whenever we go out of the cloister)





March 19, 2015


In an official letter dated February 25, 2015, her death anniversary, the Holy See has given the go signal for the beatification process for our Co-foundress and first Superior General, Mother Mary Michael, Adolfine Tönnies.

On March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, we received the so-called “Nihil Obstat” signed by Cardinal Angelus Amato. It opens then the way for the beginning of the beatification process, which first begins on the diocesan level.



Mother Mary Michael, Adolfine Tönnies
SSpSAP Co-Foundress

 
 
 
 
Journeying together always brings enrighment, and can open new paths to relationships
between people and cultures... 

- Pope Francis -