Sr. Mary Chimalizeni and Sr. Julienne Rasoazananoro DW
The Provincial Leaders of the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom, from more than 20 countries, met in in Fusagasugá, Colombia for the Council of Congregation. After one week of fruitful conversations on different topics, the group took a day off on Sunday 2nd April, 2017. Our visit to Bogota was an experience of deepening our understanding of interculturality.
At the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) we saw pieces of metal works used as part of political and religious organizations according to the different tribes and regions. These pieces expressed the deep culture of pre-Hispanic societies who lived in the territory now known as Colombia and their relationship with creation and the gods. We appreciated the richness of Colombian culture and how it is rooted in past experiences and expressed creatively even in the arts and crafts of today.
We also visited the missions of the Daughters of Wisdom like Our Lady of Wisdom Institute, Nazareth Home, Maria Luisa Infirmary, the Guest House, and Our Lady of Wisdom College. What stuck us from these visits was the warm welcome by our Sisters in these communities and their places of mission. Their hospitality was remarkable. We were touched by their good works in the service of young people with disabilities such as the hearing Impaired. In spite of their handicap, these students welcomed us with varied dances from different tribes.
In addition we interacted with the Sisters who were at the infirmary and those who need special care. Our visit brought joy to everyone and we were happy to spend some time with them. All these experiences helped us to see the realities of the Province of Colombia.
We are grateful to the Province of Colombia for organizing this trip and sharing with us the gift of its beautiful colors and the richness of their country.