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Continuing to Work with the Agenda

Placing the  lighted candle in the sacred space.The elections may be over, however the work of the Chapter continues. Our remaining time is given to finalising the Chapter documents and dealing with recommendations and other necessary business.

Our days continue to follow their usual pattern, beginning with faith sharing in our base or consensus groups before starting the work of the day.

Each day too we light one of the candles and read one of the blessings that were sent to us by FCJ communities.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support. We know you will continue to pray for us in these final days.

At the bottom of the page, there is a little about the art in the Chapel here at Loyola Hall. Click here.

Draft 2 of the Chapter Directions

The photos below show us working in our consensus groups on the second draft of the Chapter Directions.

Table group. 

Table group.

Table group.

Table group.

Table group.

Meeting in Province Groups

We spent yesterday afternoon working in Province Groups, looking at how we can bring the Chapter 'home' and planning for the Province Assemblies. The assemblies are an essential part of the whole process that began when Sr. Katherine Mary convoked the General Chapter, then continued through the involvement of all of us in the preparation process, alone, in groups, and at Provincial Chapters.

Once this General Chapter has ended it becomes the responsibility of each FCJ to take the direction given by the Chapter and discern how to live it out, both individually and at Province and Society level.

Province of the Americas working group.

Province of the Americas

Province of Asia-Australia working group.

Province of Asia-Australia

Province of Europe working group.

Province of Europe


Loyola Hall Chapel

One of the windows in Loyola Hall Chapel.The Hopkins Windows were designed for Loyola Hall Chapel by Jonah Jones (1919-2004). They were inspired by the poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins,

That nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection.

... in a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am all at once what Christ is, since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch,
matchwood immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.

The windows are mirror images of each other.


Seen from the outside when the lights are on, they form a continuum with the Blake Room 'crown of thorns' windows below. The immortal diamond in the windows looks ahead to a safe golden road in spite of thorns, through the cross to the light.

The 'Crown of Thorns' window

Window detail.

Close ups of the 'immortal diamond' in both the left and the right window