I just posted something for today, but I cannot let this good news go by without saying anything. The new Congregation of St. Joseph, made up of seven formerly autonomous congregations, finished its first General Chapter last week. I got some of the scoop from my friend Marie, who was actually elected to serve on the leadership team. And I also found more info on the Wheeling SSJ web site, which I’ve excerpted here:
A new congregation of Catholic Sisters approved by the Vatican effective last March 19th, distinguished its first official meeting in Chicago over the weekend with a powerful statement of promise to work for systemic change to diffuse the world’s most threatening global problems.
The delegates at the meeting elected seven members to the Congregation’s first central leadership team. They are: Nancy Conway, CSJ, of Cleveland; Marguerite O’Brien, CSJ, and Kathleen Durkin, CSJ, both of Wheeling, W.Va; Pat Bergen, CSJ, of LaGrange Park, Ill.; Jean Masterson, CSJ, of Cincinnati; Marie Hogan, CSJ of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Jeanne Cmolik, CSJ of Cleveland. For legal and canonical reasons, the first person elected, Nancy Conway, is designated president.
In the Congregation’s statement, its members and lay associates promise:
• to surrender their lives and resources to work for specific systemic change in collaboration with others so that the hungers of the world might be fed.
• to recognize the reality that Earth is dying, to claim oneness with Earth and to take steps now to strengthen, heal and renew the face of Earth.
• to network with others across the world to bring about a shift in global culture from institutionalized power and privilege to a culture of inclusion and mutuality.
• to be mutually responsible and accountable for leadership in the congregation.
Here’s a picture of the new leadership team.
The new Congregation of St. Joseph, a multi-state community of women religious, has elected these women as its first central leadership team. Standing (l to r) Nancy Conway, CSJ, Cleveland; Marie Hogan, CSJ, Detroit; Kathleen Durkin, CSJ, Wheeling, W. Va.; Jean Cmolik, CSJ, Cleveland. Seated (l to r) Jean Masterson, CSJ, Cincinnati; Marguerite O’Brien, CSJ, Wheeling W. Va.; and Pat Bergen, CSJ, LaGrange Park, Ill.