Right to left: Ir. Inês Camiran, S. M. Dominica Michalke, S. Mary Maher,
S. Maureen McGoey, Ir. Vitória Marques, S. Carol Jean Dust

13 October 2017

There were two “agenda” items today. The first occupied the morning and afternoon. Chapter members met in various groupings to discuss three of the Acts of the 23rd General Chapter in light of recommendations made in the State of the Congregation Report.  They were asked to consider if these Acts were completed or had been integrated into the ongoing life and spirit of the congregation. If yes, they will be abrogated by this General Chapter. If no, what should continue? What needs to be adjusted to reflect the new situation of the congregation today?

The second agenda item for the day was the festive thank you to the outgoing General Council. This had both serious and humorous moments. Hopefully the photos capture the tone of the evening. We began with the celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a festive meal, a prayerful thank you and blessing, and a hilarious social.

We are indeed grateful to these sisters for their gift of selfless service to our congregation these past five years as General Councilors and General Superior: S. Mary Maher, general superior, S. Maureen McGoey, general councilor/vicar, Ir. Vitória Marques, general councilor, S. M. Dominica Michalke, general councilor, S. Carol Jean Dust, general councilor, Ir. Inês Camiran, general councilor. Let us hold each of them in our hearts and in our prayers now, during the time of transition to come, and forever. May God bless each of you!

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