Today’s Good News for faith sharing was, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” Luke 6:20. We read the entire Gospel of the day for reflection.
A mighty hush came over the Chapter Room when the soft chime rang to signal the beginning.
To give you a sense of the place, the room is decorated with the colours of the logo and is filled with an assortment of technical instruments to facilitate clear volume and sight lines for audio-visual support. Even more exciting and real are the Sisters representing a rainbow of nations in our Institute. From around the world we have come with our culture, language, music, rhythms, stories, worldviews and insights. There is an eagerness to get to know each other and a willingness to share that is generous and genuine.
During the morning session, Geraldine McAleer presented the Institute Finance Report. We had lively intense discussion around financial issues and realized that the material will become a backdrop for much of the work ahead.
During the afternoon, I believe for the first time in General Chapter history; we had live streaming session with Cecilia O’Dwyer from the United Nations. She reviewed the material in the written document entitled, “We the Peoples of the United Nations…” and was able to spell out some of the concerns and needs for our justice work going forward.
We concluded the afternoon with a creative presentation depicting life in the English Province and this was set in the context of a typical weather report in England. The three presenters dressed in weather appropriate gear (hats, rain coat, umbrella, and fog grey to tell their story. It was very informative, emotional and deeply real. The animators were Srs. Anne McEvoy, Una Coogan and Imelda Poole.
All the sessions were followed by quiet reflection time, table discussion and feedback to the larger assembly.