On August 14 – 19, the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny held their Provincial Chapter at their Cluny Retreat Centre, Tauranga. The elected members came from the four countries belonging to the Province. They were from the Philippines, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands and New Zealand. It was the first time that a Provincial Chapter was held in Tauranga.
The Provincial Chapter takes an honest look at the state of the Province. This examination should then lead the Chapter members to face honestly certain questions: are we faithful to our mission or have we slid into mediocrity? What is the Lord asking of us today? How are we being asked to change? The Provincial Chapter will offer specific directives for the whole Province as it proposes a path forward to help members live more authentically their vocation.
We had the privilege of Rev. Father Mark Field (Parish Priest) as our facilitator who helped us to fulfill this demanding task. All members present at the Chapter were greatly appreciative of his wisdom and gentle guidance during the week. We thank him very much for giving us his time.
Having fulfilled this directive of the Congregation, we feel a confidence of moving forward in hope and trust to do our best with the help of the Lord in the footsteps of our Mother Foundress Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey.