Welcome back to Term Two. We are looking forward to a full term of onsite learning and co-curricula activities, and I encourage each student to make the most of the opportunities that are on offer at the College.
Sisters of Charity Chapter News
Some of you may be aware that the Sisters of Charity recently held their Chapter gathering from 6-14 March in Sydney. As described on the Sisters of Charity website, Chapters are “regular meetings during which the leadership teams are elected for fixed terms, and matters relating to religious life are discussed and resolved”. This is a very important discernment and renewal period for the Sisters as they reflect on their previous Chapter Statement, elect new congregational leaders and plan for the future.
The new Congregational Leader, Sr Laureen Dixon, and Council – Sisters Libbey Byrne, Adele Cottrell-Dormer, Margaret Guy, and Teresita Marcelo (Sr Tess to us), were elected as the new Congregational Leadership Team (CLT) and were installed at St Vincent’s Chapel, Potts Point, on Thursday, 25 March.
Sadly for our community at St Columba’s College, Sr Tess’s election to the CLT will mean that her work with us in its current form will come to a close. Sr Tess has been such an important part of our community over the past few years. She has supported our Faith and Mission programs at the College, worked with students in various classes and at retreats, and supported student leadership development work. She has shared her life of service, commitment, faith and love with us freely and generously. She has been our tangible connection to the work of the Sisters, and to the tradition and heritage we have inherited, and are responsible for giving life to every day, as a Mary Aikenhead Ministries’ College in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity. Her loss will be profoundly felt across the community. She has been friend, mentor and confidante to many of us. We offer Sr Tess our heartfelt congratulations, while reflecting on how much we will miss her constant presence among us. We offer Sr Tess our sincerest gratitude for who she has been for us. Of course, we will see Sr Tess from time to time, as her new role will allow.
All of the chapter liturgies were live streamed and recorded. This link will take you to a recording of the commissioning liturgy held on Thursday, 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, especially significant as the new members of the CLT expressed their commitment to their important work on behalf of the Religious Sisters of Charity Australia, on the commemoration of Mary’s acceptance of God’s will for her as the mother of Jesus.