A dynamic and heartwarming journey

CLC Europe meeting in Lille
CLC delegates

Michelle Ellison, Eurolink delegate for Christian Life Community (CLC) England and Wales and parishioner at Corpus Christ Jesuit parish in Boscombe, attended the CLC Europe conference in Lille earlier this year.  There she found many insights and graces on a “dynamic, heart-warming and humbling journey.. strengthened together by the Holy Spirit.”

The theme for this gathering was a ‘Kairos’ moment: a call for renewal. The desire, was to deepen our awareness of our common community life in Europe, so that we may cooperate, contribute and respond to our call for the renewal of CLC World Community, ahead of the upcoming CLC World Assembly, in Buenos Aires. By using the Discernment, Evaluation, Support and Sending Ignatian tool (DESS) the four days were jam packed with insightful talks for reflection and group time for listening and sharing. National teams were invited to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats by considering the three pillars of spirituality, community and mission.  There was also time for all Euro links, presidents and EAs from the various countries to gather together for sharing and reflection. . 

Michelle found speaker Giuseppe Riggio SJ particularly inspiring. Fr Riggio used Pope Francis’ proposal of the polyhedron as symbol to represent his vision for the renewal of the Church and the world, in contrast to the sphere, to remind delegates that the reality of our world isn’t simple and harmonic but has dented edges where connections are made. 

Michelle observed “This was my first experience representing England and Wales as the CLC Eurolink since my appointment last January.  It was a very insightful event and a beautiful experience of diversity.  I met so many people from all over Europe with a common desire to connect together to form part of our wider CLC community beyond our national communities.  The wealth of experience and willingness for deep sharing was heart-warming and extremely encouraging.”

Looking to the future, the Euro team of CLC have accepted an invitation from CLC England and Wales to hold their next meeting at Boscombe in February 2019, when they will be planning for the next European Assembly at Pentecost 2019. Louisa Bonnetti from the Euro team said, “We enjoy the prospect of going to Britain and share with you the reality and prospects of your CLC community”. 

Michelle’s full report can be read on the CLC website