Fides Service REPORT – To unify the formation of women's religious institutes present in Guinea Bissau: The proposal was made by Sister Laura Aguiar, Coordinator of the inter-diocesan Commission for Consecrated Life. "The goal is for greater inclusion in local culture and to meet the demand for vocational research of young people who approach religious life", said the coordinator in a statement sent to Fides by the Curia of Bissau.
The contacts between religious institutions to achieve this goal, however, have already given some fruit. This year, for example, the first stage of formation for religious life, the postulant, brought together a small group of candidates in the house of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate: four young people from two different congregations, the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ and Franciscan Sisters of Christ the King, walked together. The next pastoral year will thus be the basis for a common novitiate, which will operate temporarily at the Center for Spirituality Ndama. According to Sister Laura the people of Guinea is rich, despite the material poverty. The young vocations of this land, according to the religious, must be carriers of this richness in cultural dialogue, which is necessary in the process of evangelization and development, as part of their identity. In Guinea-Bissau there are about 30 institutes of women religious life and all receive a large amount of requests in terms of vocational demand, with an average of 5-10 candidates for religious life for everyone. (SL)