The General Council is a community at the service of the mission and unity of all the Little Sisters of Jesus. It is made up of six sisters, one of whom is the General Responsible. They are elected by the Chapter (a general assembly of Little Sisters), and they serve for six years. They review and give an account of their time of service at the following Chapter. Besides visiting communities scattered throughout the world, they live and work in Tre Fontane in close collaboration with the members of the General Services (Finances, Secretariat, and Formation). Together with the General Council, each Little Sister is “co-responsible” for the mission and charism of the entire congregation.
The General Chapter elected a new General Council on 22-23 September 2023.
I am Rwandan. I entered in 1988, and I lived in Rwanda. What drew me to the community was the desire “to share with others the great work of the Little Sisters of Jesus, which is to radiate the love of Christ, full of respect, in the world: that is the very essence of our apostolate in the Church.”
I am Italian. I lived 10 years in Palestine, 11 years in Milano and other communities in Italy. Recently, I have been living in Tre Fontane where I was involved in the formation team. I received a lot in this service thanks to working with an international team and visiting other continents. For me, the Fraternity is the terrain where I found the treasure of my life and for which I left everything: to journey in the presence of the Lord, with the crowds of little people in this world that He loves with a preferential love and of which I am a part.
I am from Sri Lanka, but lived in Manila, Philippines. Attracted by the gospel of the Beatitudes I become a Christian at the age of 19. From that moment on I have wanted to know Jesus better. When I visited the little sisters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, their way of being, praying and living among people, resonated with what I was searching for. I lived my formation years in our community in the slums of Manila. I mostly worked as a laundry woman and as cleaner for different families. I also worked as a trimmer in a small garment factory, ironing and sewing clothes for women. I have witnessed God’s presence in the lives of little sisters, coworkers and our neighbors. Their lives fuel my faith each day.
Because of Jesus, and his Gospel, and to live in community, I entered the Little Sisters of Jesus in 1978 in Austria. After my final vows in 1989 I was able to fulfill my desire to live in Hungary, and in the countries around it. On my journey as a little sister I seek more and more the beauty of God in the simple events of life, and in the tiniest acts of friendship. And I find it also in the diversity of cultures, and especially in our encounters with those who count for little in our society.
How could Jesus be the Son of God? Ashamed of not knowing how to reply to my workmates’ questions, I began a serious search for an answer. And after a few years I felt Jesus entering into my life more and more, becoming a person who was alive and active in my life and my decisions. And from there I began to experience him calling me to follow him in the Fraternity of the Little Sisters of Jesus. What attracted me and what I love about our spirituality is that at the centre of the charism it’s the human person, and especially the poor. The adventure began in 1985 but I entered in 1992. I have lived in Iraq most of the time but with several years in Lebanon.
I am Tanzanian, one of six children. I was born in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. People said I was a strong child because I escaped death three times! In my search to follow Jesus, I encountered the Fraternity in my country on the occasion of the installation of the Archbishop of Tabora in 1984. While paying my first visit in the fraternity, I was attracted by their way of welcoming me. It was a life style which embraced life as a family. It is there I find my joy and peace. The most part of my mission I lived in Tanzania, though I spent some time in Cameroon and Kenya. I spent a lot of time in our formation houses accompanying young people.