Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


WASHINGTON – The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur re-elected Sister Teresita Weind, a member of the order’s Ohio Province, left, as the congregational leader for a term of six years. Delegates also elected a leadership team during the congregation’s general chapter from July 12 through Aug. 2 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C.  The leadership team comprises, from left, Sisters Maureen White (USA), Masheti Wangoyi (Kenya), Patricia O’Brien (Britain) and Liliane Sweko, (Democratic Republic of Congo).

The delegates also committed the congregation to be women of justice and peace amid the violence and inequality of our times.

Chapter delegates were members of leadership teams and elected delegates from 18 provinces from 14 countries on five continents.

Every six years, the congregation convenes a general chapter as the highest decision-making body for the Sisters internationally.

Chapter delegates shaped future directions, with concrete steps for implementation, and determined priorities for the next six years for more than 1,300 members. Considering the diminished value of human life, the destruction of the Earth and intolerance toward people perceived to be different, the delegates included personal and collective responsibility in movement forward through action for justice.

Founded in 1804 in Amiens, France, by Saint Julie Billiart (1751-1816), the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur serve in a variety of ministries with associates, co-workers and volunteers in Africa, Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America.

The Congregation strives to respond, through education and programs for social justice, to the needs of people around the world, especially those living in poverty.

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