11th General Chapter Elects New Congregation Leader and Council
The 11th general Chapter of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta was held in two Sessions this year from August 25th - August 29th and October 7th - October 10th, at St Joseph's Baulkham Hills. A total of 46 Voting Chapter Members engaged in discussion, reflection, and personal and communal discernment over the two sessions of the Chapter.
Throughout 2016, the sisters have been engaged in a process of Chapter preparation in which we considered the "sign of the times" and sought to identify both the urgent needs of all creation and the ways in which we will respond.
The outcome of this process, was the development of our Chapter Statement, which not only sets the direction and focus for the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta for the six years, but also articulates who we are, and how we hope to be in our world. Having articulated this, the sisters then discerned those sisters who they would call forth to serve in leadership over the next 6 years.
Those Sisters elected were:
Congregation Leader: Sr Mary-Louise Petro
Congregation Vicar: Sr Maria Lawton
Congregation Councillor: Sr Patricia Bolster
Congregation Councillor: Sr Margaret Jones
Congregation Councillor: Sr Margaret Sheppard.
The new Congregation Leader and Council will take office on December 8th, 2016.