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Members of the Chapter reflect III ...

As the days of the Chapter are coming to an end, we take this opportunity to thank you once again for your interest, your prayer, your support.

On this page, several FCJs tell you something about themselves, their ministries and their comments about the Chapter as we come to these final days.

Kathryn Lennon fcJ

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Born in Bunclody, Co Wexford, Ireland, Kathryn entered the Society in 1964. Having qualified as a Home Economics teacher Kathryn taught HE and RE in Bruff FCJ before moving to Rhode Island USA for tertianship. Kathryn has served in various leadership roles within the Society including Local leader in Dublin and Provincial Superior of the Irish Province. Kathryn is a trained spiritual director and has used this in her ministry at Manresa in Dublin as well as in Limerick and in the UK. She was appointed as General Bursar for the Society in 1997.

Comment on the Chapter

"The faith sharing aspect of the Chapter drew us to a united and peaceful place and made decision making much easier for me."


 

Veronika Schreiner fcJ

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Born in Illingen, Germany, Veronika entered the Society in 1961. After training she taught at Notre Dame de France FCJ School in Paris before being missioned to Belgium where she lived for 9 years teaching religion in German and European schools in Brussels, as well as being involved in parish ministry at a German speaking Parish. Following a time in Paris as local leader, Veronika was missioned to Asia for a year, during which time she was asked to research where the Society might best respond to need and in which country we might best be welcomed and of service. In 1989 Veronika was missioned to the Phillipines with 5 other sisters to begin the FCJ mission there. She was instrumental in setting up the FCJ Center in Manila and also worked in community development in Mindanao. She currently lives in Munich where she is involved with SOLWODI - a counselling office for women victims of trafficking.

Comment on the Chapter

The Chapter has been a great experience of the 'Body of the Society'. We spent much time on the elections and in setting directions for the next years have hopefully a deeper and clearer expression of what has grown out of previous Chapters too.


 

Mary Fitzpatrick fcJPhoto of Mary fcJ.

Born in County Wexford, Ireland, she entered the Society in 1972. Mary's ministry has been primarily in second and third level education. She studied History and French  at UCD and later completed a MTh. She was missioned to teach in Notre Dame de France in Paris after her first degree. In 1988 Mary was one of six FCJs missioned to the Philippines to begin the FCJ mission there. She taught at De La Salle University in Manila for 7 years. Following this she was missioned to Romania before becoming Provincial of the Continental Province. She returned to Romania in 2012

 

Comment on the Chapter

One of the highlights for me has been meeting in our base and consensus groups each day.


 

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Afra Primadiana fcJ

Afra was born in Meruake, Indonesia, and entered the Society in 1991. She has had a wide variety of ministries including pastoral and catechetical work, ministry in social and economic development, youth ministry, work with refugees and IDPs, leadership training and workshops on personal development. Afra is currently missioned to the Philippines where she is involved in retreat giving and spiritual accompaniment and works closely with young adults.

Comment on the Chapter

I am very grateful to be in this Chapter, experiencing the communal discernment process. I value the time of the faith sharing where we pray together and open ourselves to discernment.


 

Lois Anne Bordowitz fcJ

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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada she entered the Society in 1962. Following a brief ministry in school education Lois Anne moved into the ministry of Social Justice, primarily ministry to and advocacy for refugees. First for the Vietnamense 'boat people' and currently with the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto. She spent 10 years in Sierra Leone facilitating development/leadership training in the pastoral centre in Kenema. She has served as local leader, provincial consultor as well as being JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) and Communications coordinator for the Province of the Americas.

Comment on the Chapter

It has been an experience of the union of hearts and minds of the Society. I appreciate the process of communal discernment that we used, especially for the election of our General Superior and her Assistants.


Madeleine Gregg fcJ

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Madeleine was born in Madison, Wisconsin USA and entered the Society in 1978. For the past 20 years Madeleine has been a professor in the college of education at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She teaches Educational Psychology and Educational Methods for a  teacher preparation programme leading to certification in both general and special education for children from 5 to 11 years old. She also teaches doctoral students  and works with them on their dissertation research. Madeleine has her own research and writing as well as departmental, college and university-wide service obligations. She is involved in CiM formation and in the RCIA programme, and the accompaniment of Catholic Students. She is very enthusiastic about vocations work.

Comment on the Chapter

This General Chapter has been a real formation in sustained communal discernment. It has been such a joy to see how we continue to grow into our Constitutions from their reception in the 1980s to the realisation in the 1990s that discernment is our manner of proceeding to the present moment when it has become clear that the General Superior and her Assistants function in the discerning heart of the body of the Society.


 

Ann Marie Walsh fcJ

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Born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA she entered the Society in 1961.  For many years Ann Marie was involved in Catholic education in New England (USA) both as a teacher and school Principal. She also served on Boards and Committees of social, community and educational groups. Ann Marie was local leader for FCJ communities in USA and Toronto, Canada. She was a member of the Spiritual Direction Team at Ignatius Jesuit Center, Guelph, Canada. Currently Ann Marie is local leader of Sacred Heart community in Calgary and Province Bursar. She also works in the ministry of spiritual direction and formation of spiritual directors.

Comment on the Chapter

The presence of the Holy Spirit has been very evident in the peace that prevailed as we moved through the discernment process. Also very evident was the desire of each Capitular to do what she felt was for the greater good.


 

Brid Liston fcJ

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Born in Banoque, Co Limerick, Ireland Brid entered the Society in 1971. She taught secondary school in FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody, and Deansrath Community College in Dublin. She worked on Parish Development and Renewal in the Archdiocese of Dublin as Chaplain in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. In recent years she has worked in the area of Pastoral Theology in St. Patrick's College Maynooth, particularly in the formation and education of lay and clerical students for pastoral ministry.

Comment on the Chapter

The Chapter has been a rich and blessed experience of communal discernment. The time given for faith sharing on the gospel of the day and extracts from FCJ documents established an atmosphere of trust and openness among us. The process with its various loops led this very diverse group of Sisters to come to a future direction that I believe will be relevant and life-giving for all of us.