Our Rich Heritage

School of Spirituality

For six weeks this summer we, Sisters Rose Gauthier and Janet Lewis, participated in the School of (DHS) Spirituality held at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. We joined sisters from France, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Nigeria to deepen our understanding and experience of the roots of our DHS spirituality in order to be better able to pass it on to others. The thirteen of us formed an international community. The team for the School consisted of 2 former Superior Generals and a current General Councilor. Guest presenters came from England, France and the United States.

School of Spirituality

With a team from the Archives, the group explored the political, social and religious climate of the 17th century out of which the Congregation arose. We then followed in the footsteps of our first sisters and saw firsthand those places where Marie Balavenne and Renée Burel had prayed, lived and ministered to the sick poor and taught little girls.

Using texts from the writings of Louis Lallemant, SJ and Francis de Sales, we dug into the roots of the spirituality that inspired our first sisters and which has been handed down through successive generations of Daughters of the Holy Spirit. We were awed by how the love of God inspired heroic and ordinary responses to the needs of the times. We were touched by the various deaths endured by the Congregation during the French Revolution and the school expulsions of the 20th century. From those deaths, new life emerged, especially in the last century with the expansion out of Brittany, France into so many other countries. Throughout it became obvious and underlined in bold that all was accomplished in response to the love of God and inspired by the Holy Spirit in order to follow Jesus Christ.

School of Spirituality

We truly believe and feel that this time at the School of Spirituality has not only added to our knowledge but has deepened our appreciation and love of the rich heritage that is ours.

Both of us would be more than happy to share more about our once in a lifetime experience. Simply contact us as follows: Sr. Rose:  rosemgdhs@gmail.com and Janet: jmlewisdhs@sbcglobal.net.

School of Spirituality

School of Spirituality

 

 
 

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