A time to discover instruments of grace. . . a space for Unconditional Love…
The Sabbatical Month 2010, a five-week program offered by the United States Province to FMM in active ministry, carried forward the experiences of the Sabbatical since 1997, through the uniqueness of the wonderful women who came from seven FMM provinces; Chennai – India, The Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Korea and the United States.
During this month we resource each other in an atmosphere of relaxation, community and prayer. The gift given to each Franciscan Missionary of Mary through Mary and the Eucharist, in our Offering, Mission, Community, Internationality, and Franciscan life, constitutes the food of our reflection, prayer, inputs and conversations.
Deep energy comes forward from inside each of us as we see how this gift is alive within us and in each other. God creates a universe whose mystery still unfolds, and this loving God animates our Sabbatical community moving us into a more profound discovery of what it means to be called by God as FMM into the fullness of life in the communion of the Trinity.
This time confirms for us the insight of Blessed Mary of the Passion: As we advance in age and as grace is increasingly given to us, Jesus should strengthen our faith, our fidelity should kindle our hope and the light of faith should make our love more fervent. (Meditation 97) The Sabbatical Month will be offered June 23-July 31 2011.
2010 Sabbatical Participants and Team
Back (l-r) To Anh Bui, fmm (USA), Mary Petrosky, fmm (USA), Keiko Kataoka, fmm (Japan), Lois Pereira, fmm (USA Provincial), Mary Motte, fmm (USA), Elizabeth Ann Conyers, fmm (USA), Helena Jeong, fmm (Korea), Mary Broadley, fmm (Australia), Patricia Cullen, fmm (Australia), Emilia Palma, fmm (USA), Mary Zacharia, fmm (India)
Front (l-r) My Hoa Nguyen, fmm (USA), Lynette Macahilig, fmm (Philippines), Fr. Richard Trezza, ofm, (USA Retreat Master) Thi TriTrien Cao, fmm (Vietnam), Yvette Hubert, fmm (USA)