Thursday, July 21, was a very busy day. After a time dedicated to discernment and personal prayer, the new General Council was elected. The newly elected Sisters are: Sr. Patricia Godoy, Sr. Gilda Mendoza and Sr. Stella Maris Elena, former General Councilor. Together with the General Superior, Sr. Maria Eliane Azevedo Da Silva, they will guide the Institute for the next six years.

At lunch we also celebrated Sister Stella Maris’ birthday with a cake.

Friday morning, we worked on the approval of the Theological Reflection, and had time to evaluate the entire Chapter. Before lunch, we enjoyed a farewell ceremony for the previous General Council who delivered some small gifts to all the Sisters, translators, employees, and technical staff who participated in the Chapter.

At 5pm, we celebrated the Closing Liturgy of the 16th General Chapter, which was also live streamed so that all the Sisters from around the world could participate. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Leonir Chiarello, General Superior of the Scalabrinian Priests, together with Fr. Robert Kannathanath, SDV, associate pastor of the Generalate parish, St. Gabriel the Archangel and General Secretary of the Vocationist Fathers. We again thank Sr. Barbara Staley and her Council for the work of these past eight years, and offer our support to the new General Superior and her Council with our prayers.

A big thank you to all the Sisters and those who participated and made this Chapter possible!

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