19 October 2017
On Thursday, General Chapter members focused on the election process and several Acts that will accompany the directional statement.
Before the session began, Sister Joyce Nyakwama, provincial leader of the Province of Africa, explained two items: Kisii stone (soapstone) sculptures and handmade notecards illustrated with banana leaves. She shared these with the group to mark “Heroes / heroines Day” in Kenya on October 20.
The miners and carvers, who create the sculptures in the southwestern part of Kenya, live mostly in grinding poverty. The cards are made by Burundian refugees who reside in Kenya.
“We give these two gifts as a way of sharing the stories of the miners and refugees and as a way for you to be in solidarity with these heroes and heroines who have not given up as we celebrate them,” Sister Joyce said.
During reflection times, Chapter members have been enjoying the natural beauty of the grounds.