WelCom October 2023
Maureen McKillop and Sarah Dench, two Wellington members of Christian Life Community – an Ignatian Lay organisation, attended the five-yearly World Assembly – in Amiens, France.
They joined more than 200 CLC delegates from 87 countries at the 10-day assembly in August. A highlight was the installation of CLC New Zealand as a full member of the World Community.
The World Community priorities and missions are ecology, family, globalisation and poverty, youth, and spirituality.
‘The assembly theme, Discerning Paths for Hope, drew on apostolic initiatives by CLC communities around the world,’ said Sarah.
‘Members spoke about their various projects such as improving local environments; working with disadvantaged groups; supporting marriage preparation and enrichment; providing programmes to strengthen families; and sharing Ignatian spirituality with wider communities.’
The assembly involved reflection, prayer, spiritual exercises and silent retreat.
‘The assembly was an extraordinary and fruitful encounter with the Ignatian charism. Our CLC community at home is looking forward to Maureen and I sharing the spiritual nourishment we have brought back,’ said Sarah.