|On July 20th in Codogno, Italy the Missionary Sister delegates from around the world met to elect a new Superior General who will lead the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus congregation over the next six years.
It is with great pleasure that the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) announce the appointment of their new Superior General, Sr. Patricia Spillane, MSC.
Sr. Patricia is a native New Yorker and the only child of Patrick and Margaret Spillane. She is a graduate of Mother Cabrini High School in New York, receiving her Bachelors degree in biology from Cabrini College, Radnor, PA, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Counseling at Iona College, New York. She earned a certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Blanton-Peale Institute in New York, and her Licentiate in Psychology from the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.
Sr. Patricia has taught in MSC elementary schools in New York and Pennsylvania, served as Dean of Students at Cabrini College and as Principal of Mother Cabrini High School in New York. She has worked in religious formation, most especially in the areas of spirituality and psychology, both in initial and on-going formation, and has served as Directress of Novices. Sr. Patricia has been involved in intercommunity formation, testing of candidates for religious life, and most recently has been involved in vocation and formation ministry in Baguio City in the Philippines for the last six years.
She comes to this new role with a wealth of national and international experience. From 1990 to 2002, she served as a member of the General Council in Rome, Italy. She is fluent in Italian and has an understanding of Spanish and Portuguese. Sr. Patricia clearly understands this new leadership position, what it entails and is passionate about the MSC missionary vision.
Sr. Patricia is the seventh Superior General to serve the Missionary Sisters in the role first held by Mother Cabrini herself. Sr. Patricias deep faith, her energy, and her abiding love of the charism are qualities that will serve her well as she leads the Institute in responding to the Lords will.
We are grateful to God for the gift of Sr. Patricia and thankful for her disponibilita (openness and willingness) to guide us as we strive as a Cabrinian community to be bearers of the love of Christ to the world.
Read the Prayer for the 2008 General Chapter