Chapter Statement

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Every six years the Sisters hold a Chapter to review their mission and direction and to elect a Congregational Leader and a group of Councillors for the following six years.

The Chapter held in September 2014 adopted the following Statement:

We are Sisters of Charity, women of Mary Aikenhead, contemplatives in action impelled by the love of Christ.

We live the joy of the Gospel.
We respond courageously
to the call of mission
going out to the margins,
walking in partnership with others.

The Chapter in 2014 endorsed:

  1. Our continuing to live courageously and creatively our fourth vow: Service to the poor, actively engaging in advocacy, action and prayer for people in needs, and linking and networking with others in our quest for justice, peace, and integrity of creation.
  2. Our commitment to considering and exploring new pathways to enrich our communal life.
  3. Our on-going collaborative engagement with co-workers and colleagues.
  4. Our continuing support of Mary Aikenhead Ministries.
  5. The Congregational Leader and Council initiating a conversation among Sisters to determine the most apporpriate form of Chapter membership for the 2020 Chapter.

Elected at the 2014 Chapter to lead the Sisters of Charity of Australia in the period 2014 to 2020 were: (from left) Sister Clare Nolan – Congregational Leader, Sister Suzette Clark, Sister Cate O’Brien, and Sister Margaret Beirne.

 

THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
When we have so much to praise the Lord for, we must not complain.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
True affection is to rejoice in the happiness of our dear ones. Never allow a sentiment of resentment to enter into our hearts.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
What we do ought to be done well.

The Sisters of Charity acknowledge the First Peoples and traditional custodians of this land where we live. We respect, value and honour their history, culture and spirituality. We are committed to standing in solidarity and to actively working for justice, peace and harmony in this land.

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