springs from the mystery of God who is love (1Jn 4:16), from his overflowing
and boundless love of the whole humanity and creation.
In the “fullness of time,” this love sent Jesus among us (JN 3:16)
Jesus is the missionary par excellence. To follow Jesus and heed his call is
to share both in his life and mission.
This reality leads
every missionary to reflect on this basic question: “What is my personal
experience of God and understanding of the
An equally important question is this:
Why do we send missionaries?
Mission is everywhere and every Christian is a missionary.
This is the universality of the call to mission.
This is the testimony of a believer.
It is the person that carries the message:
“Do likewise;” “Come. Follow me.”
This great commission uttered by Jesus arouses an urgent response.
Vita Consecrata no. 72 stresses the
fact that consecrated persons are “in mission” by virtue of their very
consecration, to which they bear witness in accordance with the ideal of
We are Sisters
of St. Paul founded in 1696 by Fr. Louis Chauvet, parish priest of a little
French village, Levesville-la-Chenard.
Our first mission consisted in working to improve the human and
spiritual level of the villagers by educating the girls and visiting the
poor and the sick. (Draft of a Rule, chapter 1)
We share in the apostolic mission of the Church.
We recognize and heed the signs of God in the world.
We have at heart the salvation of all humankind whose call we hear
and try to answer with discernment and generosity.
“Here I am” is an answer that implies total availability, capability
to adapt and adjust and the unselfish love of the one called. (CA 2001, 36)
As we ceaselessly proclaim Jesus Christ as the light of the world and the
missionary of our loving Father par excellence, let us pray for our seven
Sisters as they go forth to another people, another culture . . .
Let us accompany them as they “takes off their shoes . . . for the
ground they are approaching is holy…”