Romanian Conference of Women Major Superiors (CRSM)





President:                             Sr. Varvara ACATRINEI, cj
Vice-President:                    Sr. Regina BIROU, sfma
Secretary:                             Sr. Ildiko HOMA, sss

Date of creation

1994 canonical, 1998 - civil

Number of members

74 congregations and societies for apostolic life

  • Deepen the nature and the value of religious and apostolic life in concordance with the Church's teaching;
  • Help each Congregation to achieve its purpose, to fulfil its purpose and charism, while respecting its autonomy;
  • Develop a deep awareness of religious and apostolic life in Romania enhancing lively collaborations;
  • Deal with common problems to all Congregations regarding ecclesial, apostolic, civil and administrative issues;
  • Promote collaboration among all the member Congregations and encourage all initiatives and activities contributing positively to the life of the Church and society;
  • Promote an adequate coordination and collaboration with both the Bishops’ Conference and each Bishop;
  • Promote an ecumenical collaboration with all faith denominations.

Main activities

  • Inter-congregational formation – Each year we are organizing 7-12 inter-congregational workshops for sisters in different fields (spirituality, psychology, theology, social work).
  • Special needs and formation – In 2010 the Formation Committee has made a research and a study regarding the inter-congregational and congregational permanent formation in Romania. The research and not only the research but also the daily life’s experience, has pointed out some problematic issues in our consecrated life in Romania: the middle aged sisters who have entered in community in 1990-1995 have different needs than the sisters who have entered later. This age group is also prone to the risk of the burn out syndrome. The problematic issues that where pointed out by the research where the following: 1. lack of multidimensional formation and the phenomenon of fragmentation in the unity of feelings-reason-attitude complex; 2. lack of deep personal involvement in formation; 3. too much apostolic mission.
  • Ecumenical activities The Committee for Ecumenical Activities has regular meetings and they try to raise the awareness of the Romanian sisters on ecumenical issues. We edit a bulletin four times a year.
  • Pastoral of vocation – The Committee for Pastoral of Vocation is organizing each year a workshop for sisters involved in youth ministry and helps them to prepare annually an inter-congregational camp for young people.
  • Counter-trafficking mission – The aim of this project is to establish an effective network within the member congregations of the FCRSM that are willing to work and collaborate in this project of counter-trafficking under the guidance of FCRSM. The counter-trafficking mission has two major lines: running an office in Bucharest for the work of the counter-trafficking and offering hosting for victims.
  • Social mission – The Social Committee has regional and national meetings and they try to raise awareness of the sisters on social issues in Romania. They also create a database concerning the Catholic sisters’ engagements in social work.

Prospects for the coming years

We would like to continue the various activities of the different committees and to develop further the new “Life in fullness” project.
The “Life in fullness” project was started in November 2010. The formative and therapeutical program “Life in fullness” is designed for all the Romanian sisters who would like to improve the quality of their psycho-spiritual life.
We believe that the man is body, mind and soul, and suffering on any level affects the whole person. The healing must engage than the whole person, the person which is a bio-psycho-spiritual unity. Vocation is based on 2 elements: the divine call and the human freedom. Because of this junction between grace and nature it is important to help the consecrated persons from all its aspects in order to live her vocation more completely.
During life a sister could find herself in situations which she cannot manage only on the level of the grace and she needs psychological help to step further. For this theoretical base the  project has 2 objectives:
1. FORMATION, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND BETTER SELF-KNOWLEDGE: The residential program offers the possibility of SPIRITUAL RENEWAL and personal development.
2. PSYCHOHYGIENIC SERVICES: The residential program is designed also for sisters who encounter psychological difficulties, difficulties in interpersonal relating, emotional problems, problems regarding sexuality, addiction, or for those who are suffering from burn out.
Growing and healing engage the whole person. The theoretical base of the residential program “Life in fullness” is the integration of the psychological, spiritual and physical aspects in the sisters’ life in order to become more capable of answering more deeply to the call and mission of Jesus.
God is faithful and, through Jesus, promises us that there is more life than death in any situation. Laid on personal and community prayer, each person is invited to reflect under the guidance of professionals to reflect, in the light of the Gospel, on their life and their struggle against their suffering. This personal contemplative reflection is essential in the process of the healing and growing. Each person is responsible for her own transformation.
The efficient therapy and formation need attainable goals. The therapeutical and formative objectives are elaborated in collaboration with the person involved.
Before the beginning of the residential program the persons will evaluated from different aspects: psychologically and spiritually.
Because the relation between the sisters and their community which they belong is vital for them and the congregations that send sisters in this program entrusted the program, the professionals will help to maintain a regular connection with the leadership of the communities, but without violating the client-therapist confidentiality.
The collaboration between the professional team and the community is essential for the therapeutical process.
At the end of the residential program, the participants will leave with a personal plan of action and they will have the possibility to be sustained further on in the future. For the efficiency of the program the sister should stay in the residence program for 3 months. 
The program includes: 13 hours of spiritual guidance,  120 hours of group psychotherapy, 15 hours of individual psychotherapy, 75 hours art-therapy, 10 hours melo-therapy, 10 hours kinetotherapy, 16 hours therapy through dance, 15 hours lectio divina  and guided meditation, 2 retreat days, 12 hours  psycho-educational seminaries, 30 hours individual study and 20 hours voluntariate with persons with disabilities.
The project is recommended by His Excelency Florentin Crihălmeanu, bishop responsible for the consecrated life within the Romanian Bishops’ Conference and by Sr. Varvara Acatrinei, CJ provincial superior and president of  FCRSM. 





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