“May the Holy Spirit inspire and lead us through our Pre-Chapter.”

June 4, 2017 – Pentecost Sunday – The morning session included information about interpretation, introductions to the staff, housekeeping details, a welcome from S. Mary Maher, an overview of the week, a review of the roles and responsibilities of General Chapter members, and preparation for the opening ritual and liturgy.

The opening ritual began at noon in the aula. The sisters from each province were called in turn to come forward; one took a lit candle and the others prepared to process into the chapel. The candles were then placed in front of the altar in the chapel. Throughout the Eucharistic celebration sisters prayed, sang, and read in various languages.

After pranzo (dinner), all gathered once more in the aula for the afternoon session which focused on the theme of the General Chapter.