Italy - Among Fair Ground Workers at Luna Park in Rome with Pope Francis


For over 50 years the little sisters
  have maintained a presence among
  fair ground workers in Rome, living
  and working among them. 
     In 2015 they had the immense joy
  to welcome Pope Francis to their
  trailer and introduce him to their
  friends.  He had known the little
  sisters in Argentina...               

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  In 2013, responding to an invitation to make known the spirit of our Community, two little sisters went to meet some young people and families in the Diocese of Masbate in the central Philippines. The bishop, a member of the Jesus-Caritas fraternity of priests, and one former little sister, welcomed us, and wholeheartedly supported our month-long stay in this  unknown and unfamiliar part of the country.

  Strategically located at the center of the Philippine archipelago, this beautiful island-diocese gives access to the other major islands of the country. In the past, it seems that Spanish galleons used to stop here for rest and repair! Faith is open and vibrant among the inhabitants, including the young people.
  They readily invited us to stay with them. We eventually realized that there are four major languages spoken among the people in the province. But we also observed that there is a lot of flexibility and interaction among them; any newcomer can easily join in.

  So, the following year two of us went back and stayed longer. This time, some young people
started to be interested in our life and spirituality. Like Brother Charles, we felt drawn by this "new door” opening before us… As he grappled with the lure of going to Tamanrasset—of “going south”—we also entertained the call of living Nazareth among a new group of people, with a different rhythm and reality. But would we leave the Metropolis, our “Beni Abbes” in Diliman?

  Would we leave a people and insertion so dear to us, and take this direction? Our numbers are very limited. Why take this turn? Embracing our inner turmoil, discerning with our very supportive Bishop in the Diocese of Novaliches, and guided by our sisters in the General Council, we felt that the Spirit was leading us toward this new horizon and adventure with Jesus, our beloved brother and Lord. Life begins again after we turn forty in the Philippines! By October, we hope to be there…! Please accompany us with your prayer…             

"The one who lives by faith has the soul full of new thoughts, new tastes, new judgments; new horizons open before him (…) he necessarily begins a new life, opposed to the ways of the world, which may seem like folly (…) the bright path upon which he walks is not visible to others.”   
-Charles de Foucauld, Journey to Tamanrasset, p. 269.