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Chapter Process as we near the end ...

A sea of green cards affirming the consensus re the Chapter Directive.Having reached consensus on the Chapter Direction, we gave joyous assent to it with a formal vote. More photos below.

Thursday, Oct 31, was the last day of faith sharing in our base groups. And on Nov 1, the final day of the Chapter, we shared for the last time in our consensus groups.

See below for more about the faith sharing on these two days.

Formalizing our Consent to the Chapter Directions

Table groups affirming the Chapter Directive.

Table groups affirming the Chapter Directive.

Table groups affirming the Chapter Directive.

Table groups affirming the Chapter Directive.

Faith Sharing

Chapter logo with text, "We are never the same today as we  were yesterday ... never the same tomorrow as we were today.On Thursday, the FCJ text that we used was from Sr. Breda O'Farrell fcJ, 'Our Founding and Our Freedom'.

The spirit of hope is always the hope of new creation.  The Spirit is at work all the time, in all of us. We are never today what we were yesterday.  At least we should not be because we have received the Lord in the Eucharist.  We have been present at, involved in, one with, his sacrifice.  We have presented ourselves at the Eucharist, to be one.   We have said to all our neighbours:  This is my body, broken for you.  We are never the same tomorrow as we are today.  We are always being transformed, growing brighter and brighter.  We know that we are not always at the perfection of living in this way.  But this is how it can be …There is always a new creation.  We must count on that in vigorous hope.

We had an extended time for sharing ... adding to our usual reflections 'This is our last sharing as this Base community. What do I want to say to these women with whom I have been praying the Chapter these days?'

FCJ Badge and words, 'Get up, go ahead, do something.'On Friday our Scripture passage was Matthew 5::1-12 and the theme of the reflections was 'Get up, go ahead, do something!' The FCJ text reminded us yet again of what we had been doing in the last weeks:

At the time of general chapter the Society enters in a special way into the paschal mystery. The sisters hope for continual conversion and renewal, individual and corporate and, as they reflect on the Society's fidelity to its vocation and charism, they search in faith for God's will for them in the contemporary church and the contemporary world. (Constitution 276)

We did Friday's faith sharing in our consensus group, again adding the question: What do I want to say to these women with whom I have been praying the Chapter these days?