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Preparing for the Synod of the Pan-Amazon Region

Sisters: Águeda Sastoque, Gisela Huertas – DW

This name was given to the meeting of the Montfortian Family whose participants were Daughters of Wisdom, lay Friends of Wisdom, members of JPIC, priests and lay Montfortians and also the secular religious Mary Queen of Hearts at Paipa – Boyac Boyacá Colombia, May 3 – 5, 2019.

This meeting was initiated and sponsored by the General and Provincial Councils of the Company of Mary of Colombia. In the spirit of “going forth,” they deployed this energy, inviting us to journey together in preparing for the Special Synod of the Pan- Amazon Region planned for the month of October 2019.

At this family reunion, we could see the reality of the Amazon and observe once again, the precious path taken by the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) which strengthens hope and opens new avenues for the “Church and for Integral Ecology.” This already visible network has an impact on the local, institutional and ecclesial realities and has become a voice for the peoples and the indigenous communities in the world, a voice coming from the world’s largest lung.

During this meeting, Pope Francis’ call for a missionary Church that goes forth was underlying, a Church poor with the poor, in permanent conversion and united to the Amazonian people. Building a Church with an Amazon face in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the French and English Guyana, Surinam and Brazil is also a dream of Pope Francis. This dream will be ours as we become more aware of belonging to the planet and, on a daily basis, as we become committed to protecting, valuing, caring for and promoting the care and defense of our common home.

We returned home to our mission with a more contemplative gaze and a sense of wonder, carrying out acts and gestures of care for the natural resources that our Mother Earth lavishes on us.


The World Bishops Meeting on the Amazon will be held from October 6 to 27, 2019 and will focus on:
“Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for Integral Ecology”.