A privileged time....
The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd will hold its Congregational Chapter in 2021. In preparation for this, Province Chapters are being held in every province commencing in 2019, and a number of Intercontinental Assemblies (ICAs) are being planned for 2020.
The Province Chapter is a privileged time in the history of a province. Through dialogue and prayer the chapter assesses the life of the province, renews its fidelity to the charism, and plans for the future. It calls each sister to openness, conversion and greater zeal so that the unique gift of Christ, the Shepherd, may overflow into the Church and the world. (Constitution 96)
As part of the chapter process, Pre-Chapter meetings provide space and time for deep listening to oneself and to each other on the realities of today and the priorities for the future. Pre-Chapter meetings provide the opportunity for lay partners-in-mission to contribute to the Province Chapter. This process acknowledges that sisters and partners-in-mission are together co-responsible for the effectiveness and sustainability of Good Shepherd Mission into the future.
The Province Chapters of Asia Pacific region
Province of Philippines/Japan
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The Province Chapter of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in Philippines-Japan was held last March 16-22, 2020 at the Divine Child Auditorium of St. Bridget School in Quezon City with the theme: “Transformed by Love, Passionate for Mission.” This is the first Chapter since the unification of Japan and Philippines in 2017. Sr Regina Kuizon, incumbent Province Leader mentioned in the opening of the chapter how “this sacred moment has been challenged by the Taal Volcano eruption of January 12 and the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) that has become a pandemic.”
Sr. Brigid Lawlor was the facilitator and at the same time, the appointed delegate of Sr Ellen Kelly. Due to lockdowns and community quarantine, some delegates and guests, including our sisters from Japan and the CLT were unable to travel to the Chapter.
Present were forty-seven (47) sisters, apostolic and contemplative, three (3) lay mission partners and two (2) two senior novices as guests and the Secretariat. The Chapter body, after the spirit-guided discernment, elected Sr. Mary Susan Montano, RGS as the new Province Leader. The elected members of the Province Leadership Team are: Sr. Ma. Gemma Dinglasan, Sr. Ma. Arabella Balingao, Sr. Ma. Alicia Andres (apostolic sisters) and Sr. Mary Lilly Simon Sorop (contemplative). Sr. Susan Montano will still discern the councilors for appointment (two apostolic and one contemplative). Delegates to the Congregational Chapter, Intercontinental Assembly (ICA) and Contemplatives’ Assembly (CACS) were also voted on.
While chapter deliberations were focused on the next six years, the current pandemic constantly called on the participants to reflection and response especially towards the poor who were most affected by the lockdown and suspension of work. Some concrete steps were taken during and after the chapter beginning with the people near us, our workers and partners in mission and then to the wider community.
The chapter formally closed with the celebration of the Eucharist on Laetare Sunday. A simple ritual was done to thank the outgoing PLT and to welcome the incoming PLT. The mandate of the new team will begin on June 29, 2020.