The message of the 22nd GENERAL ASSEMBLY
of the ROMANIAN WOMEN MAJOR SUPERIORS’ CONFERENCE - 2011
The 22nd General Assembly of the Romanian Women Major Superiors’ Conference (CRSM) was held between 17 and 20 September 2011 at the Conference Center Jakab Antal – Sumuleu Ciuc with the theme: Consecrated life heading where? Signs of hope in the Romanian reality.
45 sisters and delagates from different congregations have participated at this assembly. The opening holy mass was celebrated by H.E. Tamás József, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Alba Iulia. H.E. Florentin Crihălmeanu, bishop of diocese Cluj-Gherla and responsible for the consecrated life within the Romanian Bishops’ Conference, celebrated the holy mass in byzantin rite in the Sanctuary on the second day of the meeting. The General Assembly was presided by Sr. Varvara Acatrinei, CJ president of CRSM, was moderated by Sr. Felicia Ghiorghieş, OA and was closed with the thanksgiving liturgy celebrated by Pr. Prof. Dr. Isidor Mărtincă from Bucharest.
During the spiritual formation day sr. Anna Diekmann, MSC offered us the possibility to reflect on our reality in the light of God. In order to find where are we going to it was necessary first, to analize the reality of the society and of the Church in what we live: to remember the history of our congregations during the time of the communism, the evolution of the last 20 years and to recognize in it the History of Salvation, a history in which the Lord was present continuously. Than it was necessary to make us aware of the present challenges (crises of families, material, spiritual, moral and emotional poverty, individualism, consumerism secularism, distrust, communication difficulties, lack of unity in the Church too, the dramatic consequences of the human trafficking, and so on). These challenges require a special engagement and involvement from the consecrated persons, to be and to form people of prayer, to educate children and youth for the courageous announcement of the Gospel. We wish to be companions for the men and women of today in their way to God, and in the same time to be channels through which God has access to the souls.
Consecrated life – as it was seen in the light of the Gospel – remains in today’s reality too, the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”. Being the “sign of contradiction”, in spite of the difficulties that it is encountering, it is capable to be testimony of hope. The history of Noah and Abraham teach us that this it is posibile not because of the number of the called persons or the quantity of the projects, but because of the “divine project”, and through the prophetic presence and the active waiting of God’s Kingdom.
We participants of this General Assembly want to let us leaded by the Holy Spirit to unity, in order to maintain “an open window” to the future, through an authentic consecrated life in a society which is lacking optimism and faith. We want to be sings of hope for the Church and society, being aware that the primacy of God will be always the unique chance for humanity.