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Papal Edition

Dear Cenacle Friends,

Attached is the "Papa Edition" of the Chapter Bulletin that has photos of our attending Pope Francis' General Audience this past Wed. He mentioned the Cenacle congregation by name (along with other groups) and we all cheered, waving our purple scarfs. We wore those to keep track of all of us (nearly 50 people).

I'm under the yellow straw hat, on the second page. Our Madagascar Sisters gave such a hat to each councilor. It came in very handy that day. We stood in the sun for over four hours! 

The Pope mentioned that he was praying not only for those at the audience (tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square), but our families and loved ones. That includes you!

After the audience, we walked together through the Holy Door at St Peter's. I carried you, your families and your loved ones with me in prayer.


Sr. Mary Guido, rc
Director of Ministry
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Please see the attached document for Sr. Mary Guido's Rome Grounds Newsletter

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Looking for a special way to begin your summer vacation? Rev. Philip Chircop, SJ returns Thursday, June 16, 2016 to present a day program "The Wonderful Imperfect In All of Us".  The program begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 2:30 pm.  Lunch is included.  Visit our website today to register.

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Hope this gets to someone.

I thought of the Cenacle as soon as I read the email below!!!

I thought someone might find a "creative way" to use the thoughts that are expressed. Perhaps in Advertise what happens "daily" at the Cenacle!

The Cenacle is my favorite Garden away from home!

Here I am nourished: physically, Spiritually and emotionally!

One of your sisters in Christ on the journey.

Plant Your Garden

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Greetings from Dubai

On Sunday, May 8th, I had the privilege of attending Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dubai, UAE.

They begin celebrating to what we refer to as Sunday liturgy on Friday and continue through Sunday. Mass is offered in seventeen different languages, but the majority is done in English.

Sunday's here are the beginning of a new work week, so I wasn't expecting the church to be very full. But I was wrong. The main sanctuary was full as was the side Chapel.

They had three very large screens mounted and the entire Mass showed on the all the screens. On Friday and Saturday, the attendance is so high, it's also shown in the courtyard on a large screen.

Everyone participated in strong voice to all the prayers and songs. They had more than twenty Eucharistic Ministers all robed in white. I would venture that almost everyone in attendance went to communion.

Maybe being in a part of the world that has low regard for Christianity makes Christians here have a greater sense of being able to participate in Mass.

I did have to smile and think of home when I saw how many people arrived late. Of course traffic issues could very well have been the cause. The road is a main thoroughfare and moves at a snail’s pace or not at all.

The Sign of Peace was shared by very reverent bows to each person around you.

The choir had a drummer, guitar, and piano and the songs were those we sing at an ACTS retreat. Everyone participated and sang out strong.

When I was here two years ago I attended Mass on a Saturday afternoon and had a similar experience. This week I hope to attend on Friday to see if there are any differences.


Mary Pierson

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Hello from Rome, Everyone!

I'm sorry that this e-mail is impersonal, but I have far less unscheduled time in Rome than I did while on my sabbatical in Jerusalem last fall. So I won't be writing much.

I'm here for the month of May for the Cenacle Sisters' General Chapter, which occurs once every six years. I tell people it's like a synod and a conclave all rolled up into one. Yes, we elect our General (international) Leader, but no, we don't blow white smoke like the Pope. Instead, one of the Italian sisters tolls a large church bell that is here when the election is over. The neighbors must say, "Ah, the Cenacle Sisters have their new leader!" when they hear it.

Delegates come from around the world and while it's great to serve, it's a lot of work.  Language is just one of the challenges. (Another is not to eat too much of this great food!)

I arrived last week and spent an overnight in Assisi, about a 2 hours' train ride north of Rome through some beautiful countryside. I've attached a few photos. It was my first visit. If you ever have the chance to go, please do, and spend at least one overnight. I don't know how people visit with just a few hours packed into a week's trip with their church. Such a peaceful and beautiful place. No wonder St. Francis could write his "Canticle of Creation".

If you're interested in following along with the General Chapter - or about the Cenacle Sisters around the world - check out our international website: I'm on a committee that posts bulletins, photos and videos.

I'll write once or twice more before I leave on May 30. Thank you for your prayers. You're in not only mine, but in those of the 50 of us here.


Sr. Mary Guido, rc
Director of Ministry

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Return to Galilee

Galilee is the place where the early disciples were first called, where everything began!  They left everything and followed.  For each of us, too, there is a "Galilee" at the beginning of our journey with Jesus. In this retreat we will explore what it might mean "to go to Galilee". Remembering our own Galilee moment will hopefully upon us to explore some practices intended to enhance the living out of our call.

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  5 days, $485 includes 5 nights with 14 meals

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