Morning — Day 2
Reporting on the many ways member congregations of the Charity Federation collaborate was the focus of the Thursday, June 13 sessions of the annual meeting in Leavenworth, Kan. A powerful prayer service opened the day with emphasis on the international nature of the Federation. Leaders of member congregations placed lit candles around a globe. In the background were the Bible; the Documents of Vatican II; statues of Vincent, Louise and Elizabeth Seton; and the Federation Vision and Mission Statements.
Members received updates on work of social justice coordinators, the Canadian Maritime Project and NGO Voices. Sister Caroljean Willie, SC, PhD, NGO representative gave a presentation on climate change. Sister Carol Jean called climate change “a cross-cutting issue” – one that is global and having impact on economic, social and environmental development. She called for “mainstreaming” climate change into discussions, meeting and planning.
The morning ended with brief reports by leaders from each congregation. They shared activities and education their communities are engaged in specific to effecting systemic change.
Afternoon – Day 2
In her annual report, Sister Donna Geernaert, SC-H, Charity Federation Board president, said the past year has been characterized by deepening an already strong commitment to collaboration. She shared highlights, including growing recognition of being part of the Vincentian family. Financial reports followed.
As she leaves her leadership position with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Sister Mary Elizabeth Miller, SCN, was acknowledged for her service as treasurer of the Federation Board. The Federation also issued a proclamation recognizing the following for their vision that led to the House of Charity, New Orleans: Daughters of Charity – Province of St. Louise, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and the Company of Charity Federation Personnel (CCFP).
Afternoon reports pointed to the extensive collaboration occurring across the Charity Federation through Grassroots involvement, Charity Connections, CCFP, Seton Writings and the House of Charity. Table discussion concluded the afternoon followed by Mass. In her reflection that keyed on the Federation meeting and the Gospel, Sister Nancy Bauman, SCL, said, “We are Jesus’ strategic plan … We are ‘salt shakers’ and bearers of light.”
Evening – Day 2
A rousing (and entertaining) musical program capped the evening with a history of liturgical music since Vatican II and a songfest.