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                                                                                      August 8, 2013 
CLC XVI WORLD ASSEMBLY- BEIRUT, LEBANON... 
July 30 to August 8, 2013
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DAY 9
WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS
CLC Canada's Delegates
MARY BALFE, PRESIDENT    LEANNE SALEL, YA
MaryLeanne Salel

 

We are on our way home!  Packing yet to do, and it's 10:45.  Mary leaves at 3:30 am and Leanne leaves at 5:45 am for the airport. There is a big party going on in the parking lot- Lebanese music- horns and drums, dance and song.   So good to see Elaine enjoying herself. 

 

By the way, we have a new Exco!   Here they are: 


 

President:  Mauricio Lopez (Mexico)

Vice President:  Edel Churu (Kenya)   

Secretary: Najat Sayegh(Lebanon)

Consultors - 4:    

Denis Dobbelstein (Belguim Fr)    

     Chris Hogan (Australia)

 Ann-Marie Brennan (U.S.A.) 

   Josephine Shamwana-Lungu (Zambia)

 

 

Good night from Lebanon,

Peace +

Mary and Leanne 

 

 


NEA FR. CHARLES POTTIE, SJ

 

Fr Charles
   

 

Greetings all,

     So we have reached the top of the mountain of the transfiguration, as it were. This was the scripture passage that was the backdrop of the Assembly......Jesus went up with James and John and Peter up the mountain and he was transfigured before them.....a voice came from the cloud saying: This is my Son, the beloved, listen to Him. And now we must come down and proclaim what we have received.

 

    This was our last full day and we had a program and a half planned for the day....would we get through it all?

We began with a quiet time of prayer as usual. Then we were to hear from the writing team who had worked to the wee hours of the morning on improving the draft text they had presented to us yesterday and which we responded to. But we rescheduled this for an hour or so later because we didn`t have the photocopies ready. But we had other things to do, namely to make decisions on some financial proposals for the coming years. As always with finances there is some tensions.  But the ExCo leaders led us through the votes and we came to some good decisions......

 

    Then we had a look at the next draft of the final document - which is supposed to be an inspiring document expressing what we experience in the past 10 days and how we feel that we are being called forward to the frontiers.. the theme `from our roots to the frontiers` was basic backdrop to this document. The second part of the document is intended to articulate concrete recommendations for the coming 5 years.  We had time for feedback to these two parts of the final document. Most were very happy with the first part, suggesting a few changes here and there. The writing team responding to each of the suggestions (and we had the document in English, French and Spanish! - no easy task to have a document that would be acceptable to these 3 language groups!)..... we came to lunch and we were still `haggling` over details in the document.  I felt drained and a bit discouraged that we couldn`t come to a consensus on this document....It was sent by to the writing team who worked till 3:30 pm to make a new revision from the suggestions given..... Well!,  it happened! There was a clear change of mood after a few hours break....and the document was approved unanimously, leaving small details to the ExCo and writing team to complete.  A huge round of applause and a sense of joy pervaded the rest of the afternoon.

    Then we did the election of new World ExCo members. This proceeded calmly and in a spirit of prayer. The result was a wonderful new team of Executive Committee members for the World CLC -  a Mexican for new president,  a Kenyan woman for vice-president, a Lebanese woman for secretary, plus 4 consultors - a Belgian, a North American (USA), an Australian, and a woman from Zambia. Really top notch  people. All committed to the Ignatian spirituality as lived in CLC. It was a moving moment to be part of the choice of this new leadership team.

     After that we took pictures galore!  Then we had the closing Eucharist presided by our world vice- Ecclesial Assistant, Fr. Luke, sj from India.  It was in English, French and Spanish as usual. Then at the end we `commissioned` the new leadership team with a prayer and imposition of hands.

 

    The evening concluded with Fiesta outside. There are some still dancing. I did it for a while and then wanted to write this up for you before hitting the sack.

 

    It`s hard to summarize such a wonderful ten days together with such a diversity of peoples, nations all united in the Ignatian vision of prayer, community and mission. We worked hard. But we had some wonderful fun moments together. This is the second World Assembly I`ve been to 2 of them  and this one was even more profound for me.  I feel truly blessed to be part of this group in Canada and throughout the world. It has deeply enriched my own Jesuit vocation. We are both (CLC and Jesuits) part of a large Ignatian family....and hey! we even got a brother Jesuit serving the church on the Chair of Peter!! God is good and we have much to be thankful for. And much responsibility goes with it.

 

   Thanks for your prayers and support....

 

   Peace...Salam... Shalom...

 

   Charles 

 

 

PHOTOS TAKEN BY FR CHARLES POTTIE-PATE
new president
CP & Hong Kong
Antoine, Leanne, Theresenew world exco
OUR HEROES! Mary does her dance

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Elaine Nightingale
                
         Elaine Nightingale, Companions, Toronto

CLC Canada holds a special place in our hearts 
for Elaine as she answers her 'yes' for 
Christian Life Community World!
 
Prayer for our Lebanon Assembly

 

Heavenly Father, you offer us Jesus, your Beloved Son, and ask us to listen to Him. 

 In response to this gift, we the members of the Christian Life Community commit ourselves to following Jesus more closely and working with Him 

to build your Kingdom.

O Lord, our World Assembly at Lebanon is part of a long and rich history

which you have bequeathed to us.  Today, your Spirit invites us to be present 

at the ever changing frontiers of faith and justice.  Relying on the intercession 

of the Virgin Mary Our Lady of Lebanon and St. Ignatius, we seek to deepen our 

identity and act effectively as a Lay Apostolic Body in the Church.  May your 

love and grace empower us along this journey.     

O God of Love, we ask your Blessings of Peace upon the whole world and especially upon the region of the Middle East.  Illuminate the hearts of your children; free us from all bitterness and strife; guide our steps along the paths of Peace. 

Almighty God, we entrust our CLC World Assembly to your loving providence.  

Eternal Father, confirm us. Eternal Son, confirm us, Eternal Spirit, confirm us.  

Most Holy Trinity, confirm us. Amen.  



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