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Congregational Justice Group Gathers to Renew Agenda



An international group overseeing the justice activities of the Presentation congregation is gathering in Ireland this week to set the agenda for its activities over the next two years.

l-r Lynette Rodrigues, Maureen O’Connell, Anne McDermott
(facilitator) and Mary Ivers gather for the CCT-J meeting


The Congregational Co-ordinating Team for Justice (CCTJ) is a cross-congregational team which strengthens and supports justice ministry and collaboration within the Presentation Sisters Union and International Presentation Association (IPA).

The CCTJ is made up of three sisters, Maureen O’Connell from the South West Unit Ireland is co-ordinator of the group, with Lynette Rodrigues from the Africa Unit and Mary Ivers from the Latin America Unit making up the rest of the team. Sr Fatima Rodrigo, Congregational Leadership Team representative will also be present at the meeting.

They will be joined at this meeting by Anne McDermott and Joan O’Reilly from the North East Unit Ireland who will help to facilitate the group during their gathering at Mount St Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre in Killenard, Co Laois.

The group is very active, but normally relies on technology which involves co-ordinating time zones to connect with each other.  This time, however, they have scheduled their seven-day face-to-face sessions.

During this gathering they will retrace the justice journey through the years, review the congregation’s justice agenda and Constitutions and look at proposals gathered from the congregation.  They will explore various elements within their brief and discuss relevant topics to be included in a resource guide, connect with other justice representatives and develop a Strategic Plan for Justice Ministry to guide their efforts over the next two years.

Before the meeting began, Sr Fatima Rodrigo said that this coming together will be an opportune moment to explore how to enable a shared understanding of how the Congregation ‘spends itself for the poor’ in the modern world and proactively engage from a contemplative and prophetic stance with the United Nations Global Agenda – Sustainable Development Goals.

Categories: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Congregation