How is sisterhood today? – Discussion
Three sisters, three different ways of life. Denisa Červenková (Carmelites of Florence), Francesca Šimuniová (Benedictines of Prague-Munich) and Vilma Venkrbcová (Boromejky Albrechtice) will talk about everyday life in monastic communities. Some of them travel a lot, create professionally, organize and supervise the running of the communities. However, all of them, in the rhythm of their daily duties, live what they have dedicated themselves to – a life dedicated to God in prayer and diverse work among the people.
Moderated by Petra Švecová – a Bohemist, Germanist, translator and student of the Prague Theological Faculty. She contributes to the online magazine Christnet.eu and focuses on the life and position of women within the Church.
Sister Vilma Venkrbcová, whose story can be found in Kamila Hladká’s book Sisters, comes from the Vysočina region and joined the Bohemian Sisters in Moravské Budějovice. She took her next step in the order in Znojmo, then moved to Ostrava and today she is the superior of the community in the town of Albrechtice. The mission of this community is to care for the oldest sisters. What is particularly remarkable about Sister Vilma is her naturalness and informality. She is a great representative of the religious life of women who live in the midst of society and yet have dedicated their lives completely to God.
Benedictine Sister Francesca Šimuniová, comes from Brandýs nad Labem. She studied special education at Charles University and worked as the head of the Czech branch of Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste. In 2008 she joined the Benedictine community Venio and in 2014 she took her perpetual vows. This Benedictine community combines monastic life with work in the ordinary professions. Francesca became superior of both communities in Prague (at Bílá hora) and in Munich in February 2021.
Carmelite Sister Denisa Červenková is also a Catholic theologian and lecturer at the Catholic Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague. She specializes in spiritual theology and the relationship of Christianity with other religions. She is a member of the Carmel Edith Stein Religious Community in Prague and, in addition to her academic work and religious duties, she also leads spiritual exercises at the Cologne Monastery and Meditations in the Crypt of St. Salvator in Prague. Sister Denise has extensive experience in living in a foreign community and with the international communities of her order, which operates throughout the world.
Programme will be held in Czech only.
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