GENERAL CHAPTERS IN THE INSTITUTE

1910: A General Chapter was not celebrated, but the Assistants, supported also by the requests of all the sisters of the Institute, asked and obtained from the Holy Father, the confirmation for life as General Superior, of Mother Francesca S. Cabrini.

The General Council was formed as follows:

General Superior: Mother Francesca S. Cabrini General Assistants: Mother Maddalena Savarè, Mother Maria Gesuina Diotti, Mother Gesuina Passerini, Mother Domenica Bianchi

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1918: Mother Antonietta della Casa was elected General Superior (because Mother Cabrini herself was said to have designated her to succeed her).

The same women who had assisted in governing the Institute during Mother Cabrini’s time were confirmed as Assistants.

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1925: On April 25, under the presidency of Card. Basilio Pompilj, General Vicar of His Holiness, there was the re-election of Mother Antonietta Della Casa as General Superior.

General Assistants: Mother Magdalene Savarè, Mother Maria Gesuina Diotti, Mother Domenica Bianchi Vicar: Mother Andreina Bini General Bursar: Mother Maria Gesuina Diotti

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1937: The Chapter Delegates could not meet due to the critical global political situation; this was allowed by the Holy See through Report No. 4985 of July 17, 1936.

General Assistants: Mother Maria Gesuina Diotti, Mother Domenica Bianchi, Mother Rosaria Marchesi, Mother Andreina Bini Vicar: Mother Xavier De Maria General Bursar: Mother Maria Gesuina Diotti

In 1950 Mother Antonietta Della Casa was confirmed as General Superior for life by Decree of the Holy See (through secret ballots sent by mail).

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1955: General Chapter started on July 16 and was held to elect the General Superior and Assistants.

Elected General Superior: Mother Valentina Colombo General Assistants: Mother Rosaria Marchesi, Mother Gabriella Baglioni, Mother Augusta Rocchi, Mother Rita Zamproni Vicar: Mother Agostina Rivolta General Bursar: Mother Gabriella Baglioni

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In 1966 (before the Extraordinary Chapter) the General Council was composed as follows:

General Superior: Mother Valentina Colombo General Assistants: Mother Gabriella Baglioni, Mother Rita Zamproni, Mother Edmonda Petrucci, Mother Cecilia Bottino Vicar: Mother Agostina Rivolta

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1967/ 1968: General Chapter held in two Sessions To elect the General Superior and Council, and to promote the renewal of the Institute:

The first: January 21-February 2, 1967 in Rome; the second: July 07 -12, 1968 in West Park, NY – USA.

General Superior: Mother Chiara Grasselli (elected January 23, 1967) General Assistants: Mother Lucia Victor Rodriguez, Mother Josephine Migliore, Mother Savina Pozzoli, Mother Regina Casey

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1972: General Chapter was from July 12 to August 26 for the election of General Superior and Council and Study and Revision of the Constitutions.

General Superior: Sr. Regina Casey General Assistants: Sr. Josephine Migliore, Sr. Flora Giovagnoli, Sr. Clemenza Zanotti

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1978/1979: General Chapter held in two Sessions in Rome for the Election of General Superior and Council and Study and drafting of New Constitutions (during 1979 session).

Session I: July 7-August 25, 1978

Domus Mater Amabilis

Via don Carlo Gnocchi 71 (via Boccea) Rome

General Superior: Sr. Regina Casey (confirmed – re-elected 7/26/1978)

II session: 14 May – 4 June 1979

Nazareth Center

Via Portuense, 1019 Rome

General Assistants: Sr. Maria Rosa Parma, Sr. Elisa Coelho, Sr. Christine Perazzoli (had succeeded Sr. Josephine Migliore on May 17, 1975)

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1984: General Chapter Theme: “Making Christ the Heart of the World.”

General Chapter – July 7-28, 1984

Nazareth Center

Via Portuense 1019, Rome

Sr. Maria Barbagallo, elected General Superior on 7/12/1984 General Assistants: Sr. Christine Perazzoli, Sr. Lina Colombini, Sr. Clarì Corso

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1990: General Chapter Theme: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you in addition” ( Mt. 6:33)

July 3-29, 1990

Divine Master House, Ariccia

General Superior: Sr. Maria Barbagallo (confirmed) General Assistants: Sr. Patricia Spillane, Sr. Lina Colombini, Sr. Candida Encarnación Soto

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1996: General Chapter Theme: “See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wastelands, rivers.” ( Is. 43:19)

General Superior: Sr. Lina Colombini (elected July 16, 1996) General Assistants: Sr. Patricia Spillane, Sr. Thèrése Merandi, Sr. Raphael Sharkey (since 2000 Sr. Loredana Manzoni).

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2002: General Chapter Theme: “Put out into deep water and let down your nets ” (Lk 5:4 )

General Superior: Sr. Lina Colombini (confirmed) General Assistants: Sr. Loredana Manzoni, Sr. Maria Aparecida Corrêa de Castro, Sr. Joan McGlinchey.

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2008: General Chapter Theme: “Cabrinian Mission Today”, Codogno, Italy.
“Do not fear! I have chosen you that you may go and bear fruit” (Jn. 15:16)

General Superior: Sr. Patricia Spillane (elected July 20, 2008) General Assistants: Sr. Loredana Manzoni, Sr. Maria Aparecida Corrêa de Castro, Sr. Joan Mc Glinchey.

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2014: General Chapter Theme: “Behold now the favorable time” (2 Cor. 6:2) San Paulo, Brazil.

General Superior: Sr. Barbara Louise Staley (elected May 27, 2014) General Assistants: Sr. Maria Regina Canale, Sr. Bernadette Anello, Sr. Maria Concepcion Vallecillo (Sr. Stella Maris Elena takes over in May 2016).


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