A formation session at Tre Fontane


From September 12th to October 11th, 33 little sisters from 22 different nationalities around the world met in Rome for a formation session. 

      It was a wonderful experience to work together with all our cultural and linguistic diversities!

In her word of welcome little sister Dorinha, our general responsible, quoted this poem:

“There is a time when it is necessary
to abandon old clothes that already have the shape of our body
and to forget the paths that always lead us to the same places. 
It’s the crossing point and if we do not dare to take the step,
we will remain forever on the margins of ourselves.”
(Fernando Pessoa)


To do that, the first step was to plunge ourselves into our charism, asking ourselves:

 “What do we want to form others to?  By what means?  How?”

Sometimes we worked individually, sometimes in small groups or sometimes all together in the big group.

The various speakers from outside were very helpful. 

The first week, desiring to improve our way of communication, we tried to deepen our understanding of non-violent communication.

The second week was about the psycho-emotional development of women.  This brought us back in touch with the beauty of our femininity, conscious that we chose to put our affectivity at the service of the Kingdom of God as women and little sisters of Jesus. 

During these two weeks we were invited to re-read personal situations that we wanted to work on and share with the whole group, helped by the facilitators.  These were very precious moments, most of us gave of ourselves in authenticity and trust.  We learned a lot from each other.

One of the facilitators spoke to us for two days about the problems concerning different types of abuse (abuse of conscience, abuse of power, or sexual abuse) encountered in religious life.  We became aware of the seriousness of the damage caused by these abuses and the importance of supporting the victims.

With the help of a Jesuit priest we once again took a look at our initial formation process (postulancy, novitiate…). 

 Finally, we worked on the organization of our structures, as requested by our last Chapter.

  In this time of formation we relived the experience of the blind man of Bethsaida (Mk 8:24-25).  We opened our eyes, gradually experienced becoming aware, and saw certain realities more clearly. 




“The goal of formation is to unify our life in the footsteps of Jesus of Bethlehem and Nazareth,
and so it is important that the young person be mainly helped to live a personal encounter with Jesus.”

                                                                                                                                                                (2017 Chapter)