” God asks us to fly the nest to be sent to the frontiers of the world to create alternate spaces to wake up the world in a prophetic way.”
In this year of Consecrated Life Marist Sisters in the Sector of Australia gathered on Saturday 25th January to reflect on the theme of the forthcoming General Chapter of the Marist Sisters, Women of the Word Embracing Life. Led by New Zealand Marist sister, Marie Challacombe, the sisters considered what it means “to fly the nest” and be “prophetic.” They saw how this had been evident in the lives of early Marists such as their foundress Jeanne-Marie Chavoin.
Before the day concluded the sisters took time to give thanks for the Regional and Sector Leadership teams who are concluding their time in office. They also welcomed the members of the new Regional Leadership Team and missioned the new Sector Leadership team who take up their mandate on 2nd February.
The Congregational Leadership Team and the three Regional Leadership Teams of the Marist Sisters are taking part in a Plenary General Council (PGC) meeting in Sydney from 27th March till 10th April.
The role of the PGC is to foster unity within the Congregation and to facilitate study and implementation of the General Chapter directives.
Sisters in the Sector of Australia resident in Sydney were delighted to meet the members of the PGC during an informal gathering on Sunday 24th March. Present at this gathering was the current Congregation Leader, Sr Jane Frances O’Carroll, and three previous Congregational Leaders, Srs Margaret Purcell, Sr Gail Reneker and Sr Monica O’Brien. More photos…
You are invited to join with all Marist Sisters in praying for the work of the Plenary General Council. Download the PGC prayer here.
Over recent weeks the sisters in the Sector of Australia have enjoyed having Sr Miriam McManus visiting their communities. Miriam is an Irish Marist Sister currently serving as a General Councillor in Rome.
During her visit there was an opportunity for sisters to discuss with her some themes from the last General Chapter – Wine for a Thirsting World. Her visit also gave an opportunity for the sisters to hear news of other parts of the congregation.
Marist Sisters in the Sector of Australia gathered in the Chapel at Woolwich on Saturday 3rd July to celebrate in prayer the life of Jeanne-Marie Chavoin, Foundress of the Marist Sisters, whose feastday had occurred a few days earlier. At the conclusion of their prayer each sister was given a copy of the booklet “Still They Have No Wine”, a programme of readings and reflections that will assist in responding to the call of the General Chapter 2008.
In her letter to the sisters Sr Gail, Sector Leader of Australia writes: “The chapter’s call to attend, as it did, to Mary’s way of thinking, feeling, judging and acting at Cana alerts each of us to sharpen our sensitivity to the needs or our contemporary world….Our initial efforts to address this question have led us to express a desire to offer to our world, and indeed to each other, the wine of hope and hospitality.”