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Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 30/07/2015

The retreat “Participating in the Mission of the Holy Spirit “was held in Maryridge, July 14-19, 2015.  Thirty-five RGS, apostolic and contemplative and two lay mission partners attended the sessions directed by Fr. Hermes Larry Sabud, SM.  After the experience, the retreat participants realized it will be a significant bridge between the Cluster Echo of the Congregational Chapter being shared by Sr. Gina and our Chapter delegates Sisters Alice and Ellen and the implementation of Chapter Directives that will follow.

 At the end of his homily at the Mass on Monday, day of departure fromTagaytay, Fr. Larry gave a “take home” word for the days ahead:  FORWARD!  At the blessing and the dismissal, the word came up again three times and the retreatants answered AMEN! in increasing intensity.

What is almost awesome now is to remember St. Mary Euphrasia’s own words of encouragement sometime in the 1840s   when our founding Sisters left for new missions in the New World. Mother Foundress blessed them and sent them forth:  “We must rouse ourselves, we must be ever ready to march.”  (Conference 6) or as translated in 1992 by Mother Thomas Aquinas Lee:  “Let us rouse ourselves and go forward!”

Separated by more than 150 years, one Spirit and one Mission unite us!  The call for us is ever the same:   to follow the Spirit’s lead and go even beyond borders to do the Good Shepherd’s “holy work” entrusted to us.    With our new CLT, may it come true for us in our time and for our world:   “Energized by the Holy Spirit, we Risk together for Mission!”