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Associate Discernment Process for General Chapter 2016

Submitted by Marjorie Allison-Ross

Theme: “Rooted in Jesus Christ Let Us Cultivate Love and Compassion”

In November, information went out to all Visitation province associates announcing an opportunity to attend the 2016 Congregation General Chapter in August in Cornwall, Ontario. The nine associates who attended the Assembly were invited to be part of the Discernment Process. We were given 3 passages to use for contemplative reflection to help us discern if we should submit our name for consideration. If we wished to be considered as a participant we had to submit our name by December 15 with a brief statement of what moved us to let our name stand. 

In January, 4 participated in the Discernment Process via two teleconferences. These were facilitated by Sr. Nancy Hurren, an associate Co-Coordinator from Kelowna. Sr. Nancy gave us some passages to reflect on between the teleconferences. We discussed the gifts we thought were needed for the Chapter and the gifts that each of us would bring to it. We were asked to reflect on what we heard the Lord speaking in our heart? Then we discussed who we saw called to be the participant and the alternates. The participant and alternates need to save the dates of August 11-22 and prepare for the Chapter in case they are needed to attend.

I found this to be a very good process. It made me stop and think and pray about this decision about whether to let my name stand for this experience and to consider who has the gifts needed for the Chapter. I want to thank the Congregation for this discernment experience. 


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