Françoise is welcomed into her new community.

To learn more about this community, check out a previous article: An Ecumenical Religious Community in Paris


I have recently been missioned to a community made up of Sisters belonging to four different Congregations, including a Protestant fraternity. We are all older religious, more or less fragile but still independent.
Until now, I have lived mostly in small communities, whereas here we are 20 in all, all retired but busy volunteering in a great variety of activities: pastoral, social, educational…How enriching it is to share the richness of this diversity of experiences in the parish, the diocese, the school, the local area, working with migrants, in literacy, school chaplaincy, prison etc.

A few days ago, we had a meeting of all the members of the community to welcome the two recent arrivals. I would like to share the poem written by one of the Deaconesses, the oldest member of the community:


an everyday word

but there are “todays” that are festive

full of joy

days that open to the new!

Brand new are the days

of your arrival among us

for the grace of our living together.

As I thought of you,

I saw in my mind two messengers

carrying heavy baggage,

well-worn bags and cases!

Suddenly these were full of stars

shining brightly

and I understood that the bags

were weighted with all your years

of Service, Praise and Offering;

Then quiet music crept into my room:

“it is the unconditional YES Father

that you say in Jesus Christ”|]