Wednesday 31st July, the feast of St. Ignatius, was spent in prayer and reflection as the General Chapter delegates discerned the new General Leadership Team. The weather was kind which meant they could have thier one on one conversations in the gardens enjoying God’s creation.
On Sunday, 28th July we elected our new Congregational Leader. Prayer, reflection and consultation were very much part of our election process and experience. Following Mass during which we asked the Holy Spirit to inspire us and be with us in a special way we entered into a “holy, listening silence”. There was exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day and sisters spent time in silent prayer. The day was also characterized by one on one conversations identifying the qualities of a congregational leader that we saw in others.
Around the World in Two Days: Without visas and passports, we were able to travel to each Province and Region as well as to the International Novitiate and hear the General Leadership Team report on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Creative drama, symbols, dance and music enhanced the reports from each place in their own style and distinctive context.
All roads led to Drumalis on the 13th July where the Religious Sisters of Charity Chapter retreat was to begin that evening. We were blessed with a team of nine very good retreat directors and Sr. Joyce Meyer PBVM gave input each morning which focused and challenged us to prepare for the Chapter.