10 October 2017
On Tuesday, the General Chapter members moved forward the work on the directional statement and the nomination process. During the opening prayer, they prayed for the gift of Blessed M. Theresa’s Gerhardinger’s writing skills because over the next few days they will be working on a draft of the new directional statement for the congregation.
Sisters Debra Marie Sciano and Kathleen Cornell, of the direction-writing committee, explained how the committee had created their synthesis from the common elements and themes that they had received from the home communities.
As the members continued the nomination process, they spent much of the day in personal reflection and prayer, followed by sharing and conversations in home communities and in the aula. Sister Patricia Flynn is present to preside over the election process.
We now share with you information from the visit on Monday to Notre Dame of Maryland University, another of the sponsored ministries of the Atlantic-Midwest Province.
NDMU was established as the College of Notre Dame in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Today it consists of the School of Arts, Sciences and Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, and the School of Pharmacy. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. University President, Marylou Yam, Ph.D., when speaking with the visitors, stressed the university’s “commitment to service”, not only by providing service opportunities to students but also by encouraging students to initiate service projects.
Sister Paula Dukehart led the group on a tour of the campus. This included an experience of the global digital classroom; Sisters Rosemary Howarth and Katarzyna Kociach participated from Rome, Italy and Sisters Miriam Bruder and Paulette Tomlinson, from London, England. The visit concluded with a meal shared with several faculty members including the SSNDs on campus and the president.
Photos of the visit to NDMU are in the gallery to the right.