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Barn Dance in aid of South Sudanese refugees

On 26th May 2018, The Comboni Missionary Prayer Group organised a Barn Dance to raise money for the Comboni Sisters to help look after South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda. So far over £13,000 has been raised.

Dear Sr. Natalia, Sr. Graça and members of the Cenacle Missionary Group,

Peace and Joy in the Lord.

I want to start my Writing by apologizing for the delay in making myself present to each one of you by a felt word of gratitude.

Sr. Natalia has been informing me about your activities and in a particular way about the success of the Barn Dance. I was really touched! I thank God for the strength and the passion that God gives to you all. I thank each one of you for your closeness to the Lord and for allowing your hearts to beat as one with the Heart of Jesus, feeling and hearing the cry of the poor. Thank you very much for your wonderful support and your prayer.

We, as Comboni Sisters, together with you and other friends have been successful in building a small house and starting a ministry in Palorinya, North of Uganda among the refugees of South Sudan, we are very happy for all that we have been able to accomplish in God’s name. Now, we as Comboni Sisters are looking forward to pass the mission already settled to an African, local Congregation called “the Sacred Heart Sisters” to give continuity to the work we started in this refugee camp. This in order to allow us to return to South Sudan to continue our mission in this country so much torn apart by a situation of war of which we cannot foresee its end. We are aiming, by God’s will, towards the middle of next year 2019 to be able to have the local congregation settled in Palorinya Refugee Camp. This will enable us to offer a reliable continuity in the service to the refugees and at the same time the possibility of returning to South Sudan where there is a great need of personnel and support in order to carry on with the different ministries we are involved in; education, health and pastoral…

My superiors have already assigned me to Upper Nile Region, Renk, where we have a community left with only two Sisters with the whole responsibility of the schools, nursery, primary and secondary, and the pastoral work in the parish. By God’s grace we will do our best.

You can look for Upper Nile State, Renk province in the Internet, is one of hottest regions affected by the conflict.

I ask the Lord to bless each one of you and to continue to give you His strength and love.

With gratitude

Sr. Dorinda Lopes da Cunha
Comboni Missionary Sister”

South Sudan Refugees Barn Dance

Young Couples Retreat 2017

The focus of our retreats has been “understanding our differences” We have learned safe ways of communicating our own needs and feelings, slowly becoming more aware of what is going on within ourselves. We have also learned how to listen more attentively to our loved ones as they try to identify and express their own needs and feelings.

We have used as background material the work of Marshal Rosenberg on non violent communication and also the painting of The Light of the World by William Hunt.

On this painting Christ is knocking on a door which does not have any handle, just a knocker. It signifies that it is up to us to open our door to the light that He carries, radiates and offers.

In a similar way it is up to us individually to open the door of our heart to other and this is is what we are trying to do gently and gradually as we progress on our journey of discovery of ourselves and others.

The Comboni centre offers a safe, comfortable and friendly space for couples to meet and reflect while their children are looked after by CRB checked helpers.

Lenten programme for young adults 2017

'GOD IS AWESOME'..... Whether you're in your teens, twenties or thirties, God inspires wonder, respect and love. Prayer is our path to Him. He is already waiting for us.
In the six week lead-up to Easter we at the Comboni Centre, offer young people a taste of the different types of prayer that can help them come closer to God, building a new, loving friendship with Him.

March 5th: ‘Knowing God, Knowing Yourself: spiritual wisdom through Christian meditation. Led by:  Henriëtte Hollaar, from World Christian meditation community

March 12th: ‘Lighting the inner light’ with Taizè chanting. Led by: Brother Paolo,from Taizé Community in France.

March 19th: ‘Into the depths of heart and mind.’ Imaginative prayer in the Ignation tradition. Led by:  Nicole Paice, counsellor and spiritual Director in the Ignation Tradition

 March 26th: ‘Lectio Divina: A Password to God’. Led by: Fr. Robin Burgess, the Clergy Coordinator for the UK living in Ealing Abbey community

April 2nd: ‘God the Artist: expressing Prayer through Art. Led by: Nicole Paice, counsellor and spiritual Director in the Ignation Tradition

 April 9th: ‘The Passion of Jesus: An Awesome God. Led by: Fr Michael Dunne, parish priest at Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Church

Make time to experience the beauty of prayer.

From 4 pm to 6 pm each Sunday of Lent.

Enjoy the hospitality offered at the Comboni Centre, 2 Chiswick Lane, London W4 2JF. For further information email Sr. Graça or Sr Natalia at combonicentre16@gmail.com. Or call 0208 9941220.

Novena & Prayer Vigil for Child Victims of Human Trafficking

The Catholic Church in England and Wales observes the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, 8th February, as a Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking and for those who work to combat it.

The Cenacle of Missionary Prayer Group that meets every Thursday with Sr. Natalia at the Comboni Spirituality Centre asks the Parish to join them in the praying of a Novena from the 30th January each day leading up to a prayer vigil on the 8th February at Our Lady of Grace and St. Edward Chiswick, 7:30 – 9:00pm. All are encouraged to pray the Novena and come to the Vigil. For the Novena please click on this link Vigil on Human Trafficking.

Retreat for Young Adults

The Young Adults Group weekend retreat held in Douai Abbey, in Berkshire, 21st - 23rd October was an experience of faith and prayer and community living. We stayed in a cottage and organised our own programme of prayer, silence and contemplation, cooking, sharing in the group and the entertainment all together. The group was more united and energised after this experience.

Catechists Meeting

On the 22nd October the confirmation Catechists from Our Lady of Grace and St. Edward Chiswick, led by Fr. Andrew Chamiec were warmly welcomed by the Comboni Sisters in the newly open Comboni Centre.
Many thanks for your very kind hospitality at the Comboni Centre last weekend.

I found the atmosphere of the Comboni Centre to be very peaceful, welcoming and conducive to prayer and reflection. As a group of catechists meeting to discuss our upcoming programme to prepare candidates for the sacrament of Confirmation, the Comboni Centre provided the perfect environment to discuss and pray together without distractions. Celebrating Mass in the beautiful chapel you have just finished renovating was particularly special.

Thank you again for hosting us. I look forward to visiting again soon.


Opening of the Spirituality Centre

The Spirituality Centre was opened on 8th October 2016 by Fr. Michael Dunne, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Grace and St. Edward Chiswick, and was blessed by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in the presence of Canon Peter Gilbert and the Community of the Comboni Sisters and around 50 friends of the Comboni Centre.

World Youth Day

A youth group organised by Sr. Graça went to Krakow, Poland for the World Youth Day where they met Pope Francis and were among 2 million young catholics.

Trips to Calais - the 'Jungle'

The Cenacle Missionary Prayer group has been making visits to Calais since December 2014

March against Human Trafficking

The second march organised by the Cenacle Group on 18th October UK Anti-Slavery Day. The march was met by Fiona Mactaggart MP at the Houses of Parliament and Maurice Wren, CEO of the Refugee Council. This was part of an anti campaign that we started called Stop Sinai Torture inspired by the witness of Sr. Azezet.

Reconciliation Events

The Spirituality Centre's Cenacle group has been organising and supporting various events to promote reconciliation within the Eritrean Diaspora including a coming together on St. Bakhita Day, supporting an Initiatives of Change and IOC event on reconciliation.