Sisters of Holy Spirit Province gathered at Our Lady Queen of Poland Convent for the weekend Provincial Gathering and third session of the Provincial Chapter. On Saturday, proceedings began at 8:30 am. The first day of the gathering was devoted to the presentation of the findings of the Governance Committee which Sister Angela Marie Mazzeo, General Councillor chaired, and Sister Anita Litwin attended as a member of the committee. Sister Angela Marie Mazzeo, General Councillor, opened the meeting with a beautiful reflection upon a song to the Holy Spirit. The accompanying pictures accompanied the meaningful lyrics. Next, sister began the segmented presentation of the Congregational responses to the Governance Study and after each mini-presentation, questions and discussion ensued. Sister Anita Litwin, assisted Sister Angel Marie Mazzeo by presenting certain topics to the group.
At eleven o’clock Bishop Kevin Manning and two deacons Rev. Pio Yong Ho Tang and Thomas Bui arrived. The deacons assisted the Bishop as he celebrated the Mass. At the homily, Bishop Manning directed the sisters’ attention to the sacredness of our consecration as religious and encouraged the sisters to be grateful to God for the gift He had given each of us. After Mass Bishop Manning, a group picture was taken in the chapel to mark the occasion. Afterwards, the bishop and deacons joined the sisters for lunch. Chinese food was served, partly to mark the Chinese New Year. During lunch, the group celebrated the sisters’ birthdays for February and March. This was especially pertinent to Sister Lois Ann Richardi, as it was actually her birthday. So she blew out the candles on her birthday cake.
The proceedings resumed after lunch. More reporting by Sister Angela Marie and discussions followed. At 5:00 the sisters gathered in the chapel for Vespers. The evening meal was served in the meeting room. Then the sisters retired to their places of accommodation.
On Sunday morning at 8:30, Father Phil Medlin CSsR celebrated the Sunday liturgy with the sisters. After Communion, the sisters renewed their vows. Each sister poured a cuppa for herself and the proceedings of the day started. The work of the day was participation in the third session of the Inclusive Provincial Chapter. The goal for the sisters was to conclude preparations for the General Chapter which will occur in July. The focus for the discussions were the questions and responses the sisters made during the provincial visitation with Sister Grażyna Rocławska. When this finished, and the minutes of the two previous sessions were accepted, the chapter was officially closed.
After lunch and the closing of the chapter, there was some time dedicated to presentation and discussion of provincial matters. Sisters Lucyna Frączek and Grażyna Rocławska formed a team presentation of the province’s finances. Next, Sister Maureen Joseph Stempko reported on the Nazareth Symposium of the Family she attended in Rome. The sisters they blessed each other as a final prayer, and returned home.