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With the Good Shepherd Sisters (Rome) (Brs)

Fr. Derek with the 1st year novices
of the Sisters of Good Sheperd
Fr. Derek with the 2nd year novices
of the Sisters of Good Sheperd 


From 15th - 21st February, Fr. Derek Laverty stayed in the Generalate of the Good Shepherd sisters (RGS) in Rome. He was there to give a series of talks to first year novices and a directed retreat to second year novices.

During his time there he celebrated Ash Wednesday with the whole community. There was a creative distribution of ashes. The ashes were blessed and people were then invited to come forward one by one and select a cotton bud (swab) and dip it into the ashes and sign themselves with it.

Returning to the retreat, the first year novices (from Angola and Mozambique) got a preview of Fr. Derek’s first three Lenten video presentations with time for discussion afterwards. (Portuguese came in handy!) The second year group met each day, individually, with Fr. Derek. Two of these novices were from Burkina Faso and the other two were from Albania and Jordan respectively.

God bless them all.

 

02/23/2021