The Tertiary Sisters are engaging in more open and inclusive dialogue by participating in forums that foster inclusive dialogue. The experience of journeying together with the laity at various levels is as enriching as it is educative. The Tertiary Sisters in Hall, Brixen and Bolivia have been instrumental in fostering assertive and empathetic listening, which is vital to the synodal journey.
Faced with difficult/ daunting circumstances and overwhelmed by the tense socio-political climate vis á vis the devastating effects of the ongoing war in the Anglophone Cameroons, Consecrated Persons of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda in Cameroon, have been challenged to meditate in a more profound way on Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Message on March 27, 2020: ” We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other.” This consciousness has re-ignited the spirit of solidarity and synodality among Religious Institutes. It has led to more reflections on ”journeying together” which is the catchword of the Synodal Process. To this end, more avenues are being created where common stories, challenges, and best practices can be shared and solutions for the way forward sought. It is against this backdrop, that hit hard by the reality of the ongoing war that has left many traumatized, the TSSF PLT started seeking ways of helping sisters attend to their psycho-spiritual needs and those of the so many traumatized people who look up to them for help. Consequently, the idea of trauma management sessions/counselling sessions was conceived and through the generosity and sponsorship of Companions in Franciscan Solidarity, several Trauma Management Sessions are being organized not only for the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis but also for many Religious Congregations. This great initiative has a huge ripple effect, it benefits not only Consecrated Persons but also the myriads of people who look up to them in hope. In this spirit of journeying together, these Religious mutually empower and equip themselves to engage in more assertive and empathetic listening on the synodal journey.
Sr. Marceline Yenmuleh, TSSF