Qui sommes-nous ? - 21 septembre 2010

fr - Histoire JPIC des RA

English version below


La congrégation de l’Assomption, fondée en 1839, fut une inspiration de l’Esprit dans un temps de bouleversement suivant la révolution française et un siècle de changements, d’industrialisation et d’urbanisation. Dès le début, Marie-Eugénie Milleret, la fondatrice, vit sa mission comme la transformation de la société et l’avènement du Royaume de Dieu sur terre. Ce serait d’abord au moyen de l’éducation, en particulier des femmes.


Avec le développement de la congrégation en Amérique latine, Asie et Afrique, grandit la prise de conscience des immenses zones de pauvreté, d’injustice et de misère. Alors que la mondialisation et l’économie néolibérale s’étendaient, notre congrégation a créé en 1994 le Bureau général de solidarité comme un moyen de partage accru entre riches et pauvres. Lors du chapitre de 2000, nous nous sommes décidées à faire davantage nôtres les thèmes de la justice, de la paix et de l’intégrité de la création. C’est un chemin à accomplir dans toutes nos communautés.


Le chapitre de 2006 a été heureux d’accepter l’offre de travailler au niveau international au secrétariat international JPIC des petites sœurs de l’Assomption et au moyen du site internet.



The Story of the Religious of the Assumption and Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC)


April 2010 


 The Congregation of the Religious of the Assumption was an inspiration of the Spirit in the time of turmoil  which  followed the revolution in France. The Congregation was founded by Marie Eugenie in 1839 during a century of change, industrialisation and urbanisation ; from the start she saw the mission of the congregations as the transformation of society and the coming of God’s Kingdom here on earth. The means would be primarily through education, especially of girls. Although she came from a middle class family, seasoned by painful experiences such as the death of her mother and the bankrupcy of her father, she had a very personal concern for the poor of her society and tried to build bridges to alleviate and transform  their situation.


With the spread of the Congregation to Latin America, Asia and Africa the Congregation became aware of vast areas of poverty, injustice and misery. Towards the end of the 20th Century the Church in many places adopted the theme of `liberation’ and `preferential option for the poor’ .By the 1980s as globalisation and neo-liberal economics proceeded the Congregation was able to respond with a Bureau of Solidarity at congregational level as a way of sharing between richer and poorer. There were also many projects at provincial level which aimed to express a preferential option for the poor. At the General Chapter of 2000 we made the decision to embrace the great themes of JPIC, this was to be a work for all our communities wherever they were, whether in large school communities or small insertions among the poor .


`We believe that justice, peace, care for the integrity of creation and solidarity is a way of being, thinking and doing and is integral to all our educational works ‘ (CGP 2009 Abidjan)


`Concretely more communities of the Congregation work according to our charism in our own structures, at the service of the distressed population, displaced persons, migrants, HIV victims, street children etc’ (Report of Government 2008)  But we realise more and more the need to network with others. Migration, internal and external has become a key concern for all the countries where we are based.. The General Chapter of 2006 was glad to accept the offer of the Little Sisters of the Assumption to work at the international level with them in the International Secretariat for JPIC. The first joint meeting was held October 2008. We are now in the process of setting up a joint JPIC website.

Site officiel des Religieuses de l’Assomption : http://www.assumpta.org/