It is now six weeks since Hartini and Herlina finished their 30 day retreat.   They have spent much of the intervening time in what we call “community service” –  in other words spending time at home in Soropadan doing various household tasks.  We place a great deal of importance on our spiritual lives but also we need to be grounded in the real world and a regular commitment to ordinary everyday tasks keep our feet very much on the earth!

Herlina and Hartini are now engaged in “apostolic experience”.  Hartini has gone to Ende in Flores where she is engaged in teaching and parish work.  Herlina is staying in Yogyakarta.  She has gone to work in the kitchen of our local Catholic hospital.  There are many ways to serve God and Herlina and Hartini are both on mission and are both called to witness to the good news of God’s love.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


  1. Madeleine, fcJ Says:

    One of the things that I most value about living my FCJ life is the variety in my life. When we are “on mission”, that is, when we live trying both to be responsive to God within our hearts and around us in all of creation and especially in other people and to further God’s saving work, ALL our tasks and responsiblities and jobs and ministries create a giant feedback loop, with energy flowing in and out of us…. I actually like cooking and cleaning and grocery shopping and washing the car and sweeping the porch–but I also like designing retreats and working to form the minds and hearts of elementary school teachers, and engaging in spiritual conversations……. I love it that in our initial formation, FCJ novices have time, space, and guidance to work at very practical, pragmatic tasks, as well as to study, to engage in more spirituality-based tasks, and to enjoy community life!!!!!!!!! May both Hartini and Herlina find joy in these coming weeks and months, as their formation continues!!!!!

  2. clarefcj Says:

    Thank you Madeleine for your comments and your wise reflections on the many ways of being involved in “God’s saving work.” Your support and enthusiasm mean a great deal to us.

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