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Liturgy in Heverlee with Sr. Josée Alen, ICM

by Sr. Rita Van Damme, icm

Sr. Josée Alen, our liturgist in Belgium, has a wide experience in dealing with catechetics and liturgy.  Her missionary engagements have brought her to the Philippines, Belgium, Congo, and Rome, and wherever she lived, she was engaged in liturgical activities.  Part time mostly, except for the past years, when she was asked to take care of liturgy in the district of Belgium, which is definitely a full time job.  Josée gladly shared her experiences in an interview, which you can both view and read below.


 How do you see your service to the community?

My task is very meaningful and enriching: While I prepare liturgy, I am reading holy Scriptures or browsing through the Ancient Fathers and their wisdom.  This service requires much silence and concentration.

All of our sisters have lived their life to the full, in constant dedication to their mission.  Their heart is laden with deep happiness and peace because of a life lived meaningfully.  However, some wounds might not yet been healed.  Liturgy keeps calling for active involvement in conversation and forgiving.  Liturgy and spirituality calls us forth to take a step forward, one at a time.  This can help to give all experiences of life a place in our hearts, and so to grow towards full harmony with oneself, the neighbor and God.

My service to the sisters has been extended to all the communities of our district.  I send them my preparations and they can consult, change, or simply take over whatever is most meaningful for their own community. As we do not use the breviary in all our communities, a schedule is made every week for Lauds, Vespers and Eucharist.

Social, political situations we take up in our intercessions and sometimes we prepare a vigil for issues that need our prayers such as human trade or trafficking, peace, natural calamities or war. For this, sisters take turns in selecting appropriate readings and formulate prayers of intercession.

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