Missionary Sisters, Cabrini Lay Missionaries, and lay collaborators from as far away as Australia, Italy, Guatemala, and Nicaragua gathered in Newark, NJ for the Post-General Chapter Provincial Assembly. An Assembly is an important time in the life of the Institute and the Guadalupe Province when the mandates and recommendations forthcoming from the General Chapter, which was held in Rome this past summer, are presented.
During the opening session, General Superior Sr. Maria Eliane Azevedo da Silva, MSC addressed the Assembly via Zoom. She spoke about living the unity in our diversity and encouraged Sisters and laity to move from the “I” to the “we” to promote a more inclusive mentality, citing Pope Francis’ exhortation to walk together in the same direction. She assured all of her prayers and support.
During the Assembly, table discussions took place focusing on the General Chapter mandates, and recommendations were forthcoming from those assembled. Various types of outreaches emerged from the discussions and sisters and laity were invited to indicate their interest in these initiatives.
There were also presentations by the various types of ministries sponsored by the MSCs, i.e. healthcare, education, social services, and spiritual ministries.
In the later days of the Assembly, Missionary Sisters addressed topics as vocation promotion and initial and ongoing formation.
Due to COVID, Province-wide gathering was not held for two years and this Assembly provided a welcome opportunity to renew long time friendships and meet new collaborators.