From Spain and Portugal: A Joint Celebration of the 150th anniversary
An occasion for a festive encounter in faith, one of congratulations and of shared joy among all the Little Sisters of the Territory and also with so many friends, many of whom share life and mission with us in our neighbourhoods.
The Little Sisters of the Spain-Portugal Territory celebrated together the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Congregation. It was on the 9th of August in Barcelona with some relatives, laity groups and friends from Barcelona. We also had the good fortune to have the presence of some families from Valencia, Lay Associates, and priest and religious friends. The celebration was held in our house at Sarriá. It began with a Eucharist at which the Archbishop of Urgell, Joan Enric, who is greatly appreciated by the LSA, presided; the concelebrants were José Miguel (Son of Charity), the parish priest of Ciudad Meridiana and David Codina, the Archbishop’s secretary. The joy of the 150th anniversary was accompanied by that of the 50th anniversary of the profession of seven sisters and the 60th anniversary of another sister – joy and fidelity were expressed during the offertory.
Here is part of the account of the celebration that was published on the site of the bishopric:
On Sunday the 9th of August, in Sarriá (Barcelona) Joan-Enric, the Archbishop of Urgell, presided at the thanksgiving Eucharist for the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Little Sisters of the Assumption. … This Congregation was very close to Mgr Joan-Enric when he was curate at Santa María del Taulat and, above all, during the years when he was parish priest of the Sacred Heart parish at Pueblo Nuevo, where the sisters are still very much present…
In his homily, Mgr Vives congratulated the Congregation for its 150 years of life and particularly for its special charism: ’To procure the glory of God by the salvation of the poor and little ones’. He recalled the talk given by Pope Francis at the 2nd World Day for Peoples’ Movements on the 9th of July in Bolivia during which the Pope summarised in the ’three ts’: ’tierra, trabajo y techa’ (land, work and a roof), and that he called for a deep change of heart and of unjust structures. The Archbishop encouraged the religious to integrate these thoughts from the Pope’s talk into lives that are humble and simple, being at the side of the people in their needs… to generate a culture of encounter…
After proclaiming the creed, with renewed enthusiasm and emotion, each of the Little Sisters renewed her religious vows with a very personal text, which she placed on the altar as a sign of the continuation of her gift in union with the redemptive offering of Jesus Christ so that ’His Reign may come’, in line with the motto of the Congregation ("May Thy Kingdom Come").
At the end of the Eucharist there was the reading of a long message from Cardinal Parolin, Secretariat of State, in the name of Pope Francis, addressed to the General Superior of the Congregation and to all the Little Sisters.