• General News


    Sister Sally and the meeting at the Vatican held on Protection of Minors in the Church

     Dear Sisters,

    Thank you for the prayers for the meeting on Protection of Minors in the Church held at the Vatican. As you know this is a critical situation for our Global Church. Certainly some countries have been dealing with this horrific issue for 30 years or more and others are just now admitting that they have this issue in their countries. But the main focus must always be on accompanying the victims who have had their life and very identity taken from them through the abuse they suffered at the hands of clergy whom they thought could be trusted.

    You can read or listen to the presentations on line so I will not repeat what they said. Rather I will share what the experience was for me and others during these past four days.

    The meeting opened on Thursday morning, February 21 with all 192 of us listening to five victim survivors of sexual abuse via audio tapes. Their honesty and their pain came across very clearly. We also listened to 3 courageous victims who came and spoke to us in person on different days during our daily 30 minute closing prayer. These 8 people asked that the Church change how they receive victims and to listen to and journey with them. Others told us that the abuser had robbed them of their Church, their home and their relationship with God. It was both a graced and draining experience for us to listen to these victim survivors. We will never really know the depth of their pain but having heard and seen a glimpse of it, we can never be the same. This was especially important for those bishops who have not taken the time to feel the pain of the victim survivors or who have not had a case to listen to as yet. These experiences, the presentations and group discussions is what hopefully will help move some of the bishops to act more quickly and responsibly.

    Yes, those bishops who did not remove priests from ministry or covered up the allegations are culpable but any other priest, sister or lay person who saw or sensed something wrong and did not bring it to the church or civil authorities are also culpable. All of us must be both proactive in reporting anything we saw or see and be a faithful listening presence to the victims of abuse by clergy.

    I was also moved by the concern expressed by some Cardinals, for the emotional and mental health of the bishops who must deal with these cases and the blame placed on them even though they may not have been the bishop at the time of the cover up in the past. The pain of some of these bishops is no near the same level of pain of the victim survivors, but it is an aspect of this crisis that is not often mentioned. We also recommended more resources and training for bishops who must be prepared to act responsibly in these matters.

    I encourage all of you, if you have not already done so, to read the presentations during those three days and Pope Francis’ reflections on the opening of the meeting and at the closing Mass. Together may we be vigilant in holding ourselves and the bishops accountable in responsibly following the guidelines with compassion and justice in a timely manner.

    Please pray each day for all the victim survivors and their families.

    With love,

    Sister Sally


    Photo Gallery

    Submit your comment

    *Areas marked with a vertical green  bar must be filled in.
    Leia também:
  • 05.22.2019

    Mission in Pilzen, Czech Republic Celebrates Completion of Service

      On Saturday, May 18, 2019 the Church of Pilzen, Czech Republic came together to celebrate and thank Sisters Gisela Heitz and Jaya Mathew for their ... leia +
  • 04.29.2019

    Haitian Novices

    In February of this year, two young Haitians, Djhoulise Métellus and Yolecie Auguste (of the St. Joseph Congregation of St. Vallier) celebrated their ... leia +
  • 04.28.2019

    Contemporary Management

      Management is an activity common to all human beings who have sufficiently functioning mental, emotional and psychological faculties, Even as child... leia +
  • 04.19.2019

    Alleluia. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. (Ps.118)

    Dear Sisters, Associates and Friends, Easter blessings to each of you! We gaze at an empty tomb, one that was new, then blessed by Jesus&rsquo... leia +
  • 04.18.2019

    Formed by Jesus to make real the dream

      Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry from various parts of the world attended the International Formation Session, April 1 to 14, 2019, in Rome.  Th... leia +
  • 03.27.2019

    Called, chosen and sent on mission...

     The arrival of Indian novices in France to answer the call to religious life involved the entire Congregation. Therefore, it is only fair that the ... leia +
  • 03.17.2019

    Commemoration of my 16. 425 days of following Jesus Christ.

    Madina Moroña Suárez Born in San Joaquin, Bolivia, May 10, 1973; first vows February 27, 1994 My hair and my skin show my age. I was born during... leia +
  • 03.17.2019

    Feast of Saint Joseph

     March, 2019 Dear Sisters, Associates and Friends, “… behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him (Joseph) in a dream and said,... leia +
  • 03.07.2019


    Dear Sisters, Associates, and Friends, The path to the recognition of the dignity and rights of women is perhaps the longest revolution in histor... leia +
  • 02.22.2019

    Intercultural living: Entering into the cultural universe of the other

     Today, we all live in a world increasingly connected. More and more, we are taking ownership of media and different technological resources, simple... leia +