Some notes taken from the minutes of the General Assembly held on April 29th in Palexpo-Geneva.

23th September 2016

According to the terms of reference assigned to the Board of the Association des Amis de la Crèche de Bethléem (Switzerland) by the General Assembly on 21 May 2016, the Board as represented by three of its members, Jacqueline Mardelle, President, Dr Francis Rime, Secretary, and Fr Jean-Bernard Livio, Vice-President, with the assistance of Meriem Benmelouka, a long-standing friend and professional mediator, reported to rue du Bac in order to meet the Superior General of the Compagnie des Filles de la Charité, on 20 September 2016, at 2:30 pm.. For the occasion, Sr Kathleen had wanted to be accompanied by Sr Françoise, Assistent General of the Congregation, Sr Marie-Madeleine, Visiting Councillor for the Middle East, and Fr Antoine Nakad.

From the outset, on behalf of Sr Kathleen, Sr Françoise let us know about the decision made by the Compagnie des Filles de la Charité: they no longer wanted to pursue their collaboration with the Association des Amis de la Crèche de Bethléem, the Superior General thus upholding the wish of the Crèche’s present manager, Sr Denise, to no longer work with us. The ground mentioned was that our Association’s commitment to the Crèche’s children and the actions carried out and funded by it to their profit did not match Sr Denise’s views on the institution she’d been chosen to lead.

In spite of our efforts to keep the door open, there was no desire to converge towards a common approach as the decision had obviously been made before we met. We cannot but be saddened by this position which we deplore but which has the advantage of being clear. This decision puts an end to a ten-year partnership.

Our commitment to the children of Bethlehem will continue under procedures that we have already tested in Bethlehem, in particular in the sectors of care for disadvantaged children, psychomotor skills and training of qualified personnel for the most destitute children. Further news will follow at the end of the year.

Our aim is to continue to focus on children.

Jacqueline Mardelle, Elisabeth Fromaigeat,

Pascal Fleury, P. Jean-Bernard Livio SJ, Dr Francis Rime,

Members of the Board

The General Assembly took place on the 21st of May in the principal hall of the St-Pierre Parish in Freiburg, Switzerland..

Annual Report 2015, by Jacqueline Mardelle, President, at the General Assembly on the 21st of May 2016

This was a great colourful celebration! THANK you to all who took part in organizing and livening up the party! In case you couldn’t be present you’ll find echoes from the party below.