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Retreat and Assembly of the Iberian Province (Brs & Srs)

Miguel Castillo, Julio  García, Jesús Miguel López, jubilarians

From Sunday night,  August 23 to Wednesday, August 26, about fifty brothers of the Iberian province made their annual retreat in the house of El Escorial. Javier Quintana SJ, with his great wisdom gained  extensive experience over  many years in this work,  led us in the retreat . He stressed the importance of religious experience as the antidote to the prevailingly diffuse atheism in society, even among us.

This was followed by the Provincial Assembly, which also counted  a good number of brothers. The first day, August 27, Elijah Royón SJ, Provincial of the former Province of Spain (a kind of coordinator of the Jesuit provinces in Spain, before the unification in a single province) and also former president of the Spanish Religious Conference, CONFER, until 2013. Now he is the Vicar for Consecrated Life in the Archdiocese of Madrid. He reflected on the challenges in consecrated life (VC)that Pope Francis emphasized: GOSPEL PROPHECY and HOPE. On August 28, the feast of St. Augustine, the assembly was dedicated to the presentation of the document of the last provincial chapter on Vocations (PV).

Miguel Márquez OCD and the  singer Maite López

On 29 and 30 August, Sisters, Brothers and Secular Branch had a Joint Assembly. This type of assembly is held every two years. It involved a large group of lay people, as many from  Madrid as from Seville. About ninety sisters attended. They had both their retreat, led by the Vedruna nun Isabel Ardanza, and their assembly in the house of San Lorenzo. Many of the brothers, however,  had to join their parish communities  because August 29th  was a Saturday. We make special mention of  the presence of our brother Alphonse Fraboulet sscc. His presence corresponded to the participation of Enrique Losada sscc in the July assembly of the Province of France. This is a call for greater cooperation between our communities on both sides of the Pyrenees.

Inmaculada Rivera, Mª  Jesús Rodríguez, Evangelina Lorente , Lourdes Fdez.Loeches, Mª Tersa  Sánchez  , Paloma Eiriz, jubilarians 

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