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Working with the Agenda

With the end of the Province Presentations we concluded the preparatory part of this Chapter process in which we have looked back and reflected on where we are today after the journey of the past five years.  (cf Chapter mandate GC08)

So, on Tuesday we began with Eucharist and moved into our faith sharing. (Lk 11:37-41)

The main work of today is to look at some of the proposals which have been discerned by the whole Society through our review of governance over the last 5 years. The Chapter will eventually vote on these issues which deal mainly with practicalities of our governance structure.

The process which we are using to look at this, is the same process which we will use throughout the whole Chapter. We begin with personal reflection with the issues we are discerning. A typical day would look something like this:

We then move into our Base group where we work towards a level of initial consensus, noting what reason the group is giving for its choice.

Our Base Groups:

We then move to our Consensus Group where we hear the response from each Base group and try to move towards a deeper level of consensus.

Through our daily faith sharing, we are building a high level of trust with each other which makes it much easier to work with the material the Society has given us through the preparation done by the Sisters over the past year or so.

The findings of each Consensus group are displayed and we then have time to reflect on these as individuals. Further clarification can be sought and when the group is ready we move to a vote.

Time to see the consensus groups' findings.

A typical day looks something like this:

8:00 Eucharist (Sometimes Eucharist is at 5:3opm)
9:00 Faith sharing (in base groups or consensus groups on alternate days)
10:00 Session
10:30 Break
11:00 Session (base groups)
12:45 Lunch  

2:30 Session (consensus groups)
4:00 Break
4:30 Session
6:30 Supper

Evening: The table facilitators meet with the Steering Committee and Barbara
             Valuckas; then the Steering Committee meets. Other committees
             (eg social, liturgy, communication) meet as necessary.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we continued with a similar discerning process. Once again we were working with material we had received from the Society-wide discernment of the past year, this time on 'direction setting' for the next five years.

Tomorrow is a free day ... which we are spending in many different ways.