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April 2019

Enabling the Flourishing of Interculturality

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ

I’m starting where I left off from my musings about the InterAmerican Conference meeting held this past February in Chiapas, Mexico (see page 4). Being immersed in this part of Mexico, with many different indigenous peoples, I found myself reflecting on the congregations that comprise LCWR. How might we learn from the practice of “nurturing resistance” that young José, a seminarian in the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, spoke so passionately about to those of us gathered at this conference?  

During our visit to San Cristóbal, we were able to visit Jtatik Samuel Museum. This museum honors the memory of Monsignor Samuel Ruiz García, the last Bishop of Chiapas and the first Bishop of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. This beloved Jtatik (little Father) “incarnated and lived radically the Gospel,”inviting all to walk the path of solidarity, macro-ecumenism, promotion, and defense of human rights. (To continue reading, download the PDF of the newsletter below)

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