The International Union of Superiors General in Rome (UISG) held an ONLINE WORKSHOP on INTERCULTURALITY for ASIA AND OCENIA funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation from 6-11 March. This workshop was attended by more than 210 women religious from all over the world, probably from more than 40 different congregations. This course aimed not only to develop in the participants a growth in intercultural knowledge and competencies, but also to equip and guide them to be able to offer this workshop in their respective congregations and communities as well.

Bincy Jose Valiplakal and Sr. Saritha Naradala from India, Jovitha Neonane from Indonesia and Sr. Juliet Nolasco from the Philippines. One of them tells us about her experience:

"Francisco Palau's spirit, a fraternal spirit of love and mutual support despite geographical distances.
The course offered informative, enlightening and inspiring talks from different speakers as well as moments of silence and reflection. Sharing in groups with sisters from our own congregations, with sisters from our home countries and sisters from random groups has given the participants creative spaces of encounter with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. We were also entrusted with a daily task to deepen our understanding of specific issues.

"Intercultural communities need to be consciously created, intentionally promoted, carefully nurtured and attentively nourished". - 17th SVD General Chapter
Juliet Nolasco, cm

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