10/14/2004

2018 From Khotso Community

October 6, 2018: From Khotso Community in the Leribe region of Lesotho, SNJM Sisters Mpho and Moliehi log on to the globalsnjm.org website to meet with the permanently committed core group of the Worldwide Friends of Marie-Rose Durocher. Sisters Althea and Yu-lin log on for the weekly meeting before leaving for their ministry at the nearby Sojourners Community in Washington, DC. Sisters Sheila and Dominga, join from Seattle where they coordinate "Access for All", a volunteer program that makes technology available to women in developing areas of the world. Within five minutes, 38 women are online using wireless technology and collaborative software to evaluate their third face-to-face gathering (Fire for our Future 2018) which was held in Sao Paolo this year. The Montreal group, coordinated by Naomie, had successfully organized the content and process of this year's gathering.

In 2005 Naomie had never heard of Eulalie Durocher. The announcement of a Taizé prayer in the Longueuil Cocathedral had evoked memories of her return trip from volunteer work in Sudan. She recalled the short stay in the French countryside, and the three days she had spent with the monks and young people from all over the world. In the Chapelle Marie-Rose she once again experienced a healing presence. She had met Chloe and Sophie after the communal prayer that night and a few weeks later her new friends had invited her to their monthly reflection with some SNJM Sisters and other overseas volunteers. As the process of healing continued, Naomie rebuilt the sense of hope and meaning that had become very fragile in facing the extreme suffering of the people of Darfur. Three years later the three friends committed themselves to live as disciples of Jesus in the spirit of the SNJM charism, and to be members of the core group of the Worldwide Friends of Marie-Rose Durocher.

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