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​Birth of the Union of Women’s Religious Orders in Indonesia

The Union of Women’s Religious Orders, which brings together 17 congregations of women religious, has been founded in Indonesia. At a meeting in Bandung the women religious elected as their first President Sr Veronica Manaan of the Servants of St Joseph and as their secretary, Dominican Sr Anna Marie. At the end of the meeting the representatives of the congregations – stating that they wished to “Proclaim the Gospel in a creative way, in accordance with the spirit of their respective founders” – released a declaration reported by Pena Katolik, the Indonesian Catholics’ information network: “We want to live the nature of our religious vocation showing the face of God, who is merciful, compassionate, and we want to share in the joy of this world, proclaiming salvation for others, especially for the young, the weak, the poor and the marginalized, being actively involved in the care of all creation”. In this work the sisters have consciously chosen to live their encounter and to support the Eco Camp initiative. This is an interreligious camp in which “to share in caring for the earth and learning from the earth”, which in itself anticipated many of the themes of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato si’. Indeed, the Eco Camp, created in 2002, is an experience in formation and life in harmony with nature. It teaches people to build an “ecological and environmental awareness” and to develop love for mother earth. 




St. Peter’s Square

Feb. 18, 2020