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1st phase of the VII Provincial Chapter – Jesus Bom Pastor Province

The Chapter Assembly of the Jesus Bom Pastor Province, based in Caxias do Sul/RS – Brazil, took place at Casa Jesus Bom Pastor – Terceira Légua, from January 24 to 28, 2023. We live this moment with great gratitude to God, trust, joy, availability and relaxation, believing that the Spirit was leading us. The atmosphere was one of searching and sharing, a lot of listening and commitment, given the importance of this event.

In these days, we have experienced a strong time of spirituality and deepening of the Theme of the 10th General Chapter: Rejoicing in the Wisdom Reading of the Charism, we become integrated, missionary, vocational Communities, with advice from Dom Cleonir Dalbosco, Bishop of Bagé. With great simplicity and depth, it helped us to illuminate our life and mission in light of the theme.

We also had a moment of deepening the current challenging situation in Brazil, with advice from Prof. Lauricio Neumann, from the Humanitas Institute.

In addition, we were able to contemplate together the report on the progress of the Province in the six-year period 2017-2023, presented by Sr. Vanda Bisato, Provincial Superior and sisters of the council, including the contributions coming from the community evaluations and, therefore, with the participation of all.

We revisited all the dimensions of our life as Pastorelle: the Province's economic report, the reality of the Jesus Bom Pastor School and House, the journey of the vocational dimension, as well as the Pauline Cooperators' Walk, with the presence of the laywoman Rosane Manfro, on behalf of the Coordination of Cooperators in the Province. With joy and gratitude, we realized how the Lord was leading us, despite the difficulties, illnesses, pandemic. He accomplished wonderful things in us and through us. We struggled, but we grew in many ways.

In addition to the time dedicated to deepening and discerning different themes, in small groups, the recreational moments, fraternization and daily celebrations were very beautiful. A special moment was the prayer focused on the theme of the Vocation Year: “With burning hearts and feet on the way”, prepared by the Province's vocational team.

The Chapter elected Sisters Adriana Cortelini and Angela Soldera as delegates for the 10th General Chapter, who will participate together with Sr. Vanda Bisato, provincial superior, on behalf of the Province. The sisters Rejane Maria Deluchi and Suzimara B. de Almeida were substitutes.

In the last part of the work, planning was carried out for the 2023 journey. We concluded the Chapter Assembly with the Eucharistic Celebration of thanksgiving and the celebration of the 60 years of religious life of the sisters Anna Leffa Peres, Lídia Villani, Marta Razera, Antônia Brustolin, Flora Roman, Teresinha Sartori and Vilma Tereza Rech, and the 50 of Sr. Sandra Pascolato, who is currently in Rome-Italy, as General Counsel.

We are very grateful to God and to each participant for this experience of fraternity, joint search and communion with the entire Congregation, in the trust that Jesus Good Shepherd accompanies us to the end.

Sr. Albina Bósio, Sr. Maria Hetlzer e Sr. Suzimara B. de Almeida, sjbp

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