The Dominican Sisters Europe Coordinating Council gathered from the 23rd to the 26th of October 2017 for their yearly meeting.
It was the first time that SEDEP was represented through the presence of Sr. Maria Ferrández OP. Sr. Edel Murphy OP from the English-speaking zone was unable to attend. The national coordinator and her council updated one another on the status of DSI and the regions/language zones respectively. They discussed and organized various activities and plans of action centered on collaboration and geared towards establishing deeper bond and unity among apostolic Dominican sisters in Europe. Previous events/activities were also evaluated.
It has been an on-going practice of the Coordinating Council to take turns in hosting their meetings. This year was Sr. Barbara’s turn to offer hospitality. She belongs to the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. Her community at Via Degli Artisti 17, Rome graciously opened their home as venue for the meeting. Sisters In the coordinating council participated in the community’s Eucharistic celebrations, prayers and meals.
Aside from hard work, the council spent time walking and visiting some historical edifices and beautiful churches in Rome!
The coordinating council consists of the continental coordinator, Sr. Else-Britt Nilsen OP and her councils from the different language zones: Sr. Franziska Madl OP (AGOP), Sr. Lúcia Petres OP (DSE-CE), Sr. Marie-Laure Larcher OP (Groupement Fraternelle), Sr. Barbara Bonfante OP (USMID).