Meeting of religious sisters from Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions “Secluded Life in an Open, Ecumenical Perspective”

@Communicantes we are looking back to an interesting and inspiring meeting between religious sisters from Eastern Europe and from the Netherlands.* We discussed the sources, inspiration, difficulties, rewards and future of religious life with input from different parts of Europe and from different religious traditions: Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. For pictures, see Facebook.
We found hospitality among the Trappist sisters of the Koningsoord abbey. We met the Trappist sisters. Protestant deaconesses told us about their life and shared experiences.
During workshops the sisters had a closer look at their (hidden) talents:
- They did some boxing (playfully examining their more outward and inward oriented inclinations) – a few sisters were quite good at it.
- Then, the sisters had a closer look at non-violent communication.
- And examined the power of vulnerability – what is b-t-w more than just pondering on one’s weaknesses.
Also the sisters tasted some local culture, for example trying Trappist beer.
There were some heartfelt goodbyes and the prioress of Koningsoord sister Julian came to wish her guests a safe trip home. It was an excellent opportunity to thank her and offer some flowers as a sign of our gratitude.
* Communicantes organised this meeting of religious sisters from Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions from 1 June – 5 June. It included sisters from Lithuania, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and the Netherlands. The theme was: “Secluded Life in an Open, Ecumenical Perspective”.