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Responding to the Chapter-mandate (of 2015) the Generalate organized an International Charism Conference in Budapest between 22 and 24 of September. Sisters from the four districts (Cuba, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia) and associates (from our European countries) participated, altogether almost 140 people!

The keynote address was given by Father Richard Korzenszky OSB, prior of Benedictine Monastery in Tihany, on Benedictine spirituality, talents and charism. Sister Franciska Berkecz, SSS talked about our "Life in the Spirit" – our enspirited vocation and mission. Juan Garcia Rodríguez Archbishop of Havana and Luis Castillo Estrada, SJ bishop emeritus of Uruguay (now a missionary in Cuba) in film interview shared their insights on the social challenges our church and the SSS face today. After each talk we gathered in smaller groups of 10-12 sisters to discuss the topic and to share our lived experiences.
In the closing Mass on the feast of Mary, Our Lady of Ransom the associates from three countries renewed their promises.

This Conference was a grace filled event: by God's grace and through the collaboration of many sisters it brought many fruits for all the participants and beyond.

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The SSS Federation Delegates of the three branches met from July 25 to August 6, 2017 in Encino, California. The days were filled with building relationships, looking at the Federation history and reflecting on what they held sacred and planning their future together. For the next 5-6 years the most important tasks will be to strengthen the Federation and to promote values. According to the new structure of Federation the concrete future activities will be planned and implemented by the committees that were established with the Delegates.

This time together was very energizing and hope-filled. The sisters felt the movement of the Spirit inspiring and leading them. It is their hope that together they can grow in their relationships, share in their ministries and live out the charism they are called to as Sisters of Social Service.

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Religious commitment

is not

an occasional flare of emotion;

it is, rather,

a permanent graced condition

of the human heart.

Margaret Slachta

In order to have a deep realization of the life-giving character of the vows and to help us plumb the depths of their mystery, Sister Margaret referred to them as "the vow of bridal love for our Lord, the vow of unity with the will of the Divine Spouse, and the vow of spiritual independence from created goods." We trust that the Spirit of God will enable us to live out the deepest meaning of our vows. (from the Constitutions of the SSS)

At Pentecost 2017 one novice makes her first vows and two sisters make final profession in the Hungarian District; young sisters in our four districts renew their vows.

Several sisters celebrate God's faithfulness in their lives: twenty-five, forty, fifty, sixty or seventy years of vowed life as sisters of Social Service.


Motto 2017

Peace I leave with you;

my peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give it to you.


The SSS participated at the World Youth Day in Krakow

At the Vocation Booth of the Sisters of Social Service an international group of sisters (coming from Cuba, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and USA) ministered to young people coming from different parts of the world to Krakow. The sisters listened to them, shared with them the joy of their call, and invited them to follow Jesus the way He calls them. It was a wonderful experience for them to work together, especially giving the workshop "From Smoke (of cigarette) to Incense" on the life of Blessed Sára Salkaházi. It was an opportunity to share their own special gifts for a common purpose to make Blessed Sára known to the listeners.

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The other great experience connects to the visit of the Holy Father. He came really close to the participants of the WYD by dialoguing with them, by strengthening and empowering the youth to make a difference in the world, to make the world a better place. Pope Francis encouraged the young people to have freedom to ask questions and follow the call of Jesus in their lives, to make bridges between the hearts of people and between different nations. It was a powerful experience to pray in silence for the people who could not come to Krakow, for the marginalized, the refugees and the immigrants. It was also very moving to see thousands of young people on their knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament at Misericordia Park during the Prayer Vigil. Silence and tranquility filled the place as well as the hearts of all those present. People could experience the huge contrast between the insecurity caused by the recent world events such as terrorist attacks and the very peaceful prayer at the Misericordia Park.
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