The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are requesting your prayerful support for the Congregation’s XXIV General Chapter, which will be held in Rome, from July 3 to 26, 2015.
The theme of the Chapter is: “As the Father has sent Me, so I send you." (Jn 20:21) – Nazareth facing the challenges of New Evangelization among families and the poor.”
This is a Chapter of Affairs, which is held during the fifth year of the General Administration’s term of office. The General Chapter sessions will be preceded by a three day retreat (3-5 July) under the direction of Father Andrew Wodka, CSsR. Father Wodka will also be the Principal Celebrant at the opening Mass on 6 July. Cardinal George Pell will be the main celebrant at the Closing Mass of the Chapter on 26 July.
It is our desire that the forthcoming General Chapter will be a blessed time for each Nazareth Sister to be renewed in evangelical joy, the joy of a disciple who has been sent by her Master “As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” This message is spoken in every age, in every geographic region. It is constant. That is why again and again, generation after generation, we must make the effort to discern God's plan for the Congregation and for each of us.
Forty delegates and 3 observers, representing all 13 countries in which we minister will be participating in the Chapter. They will be assisted by Sisters who will be involved as support staff working as secretaries, translators, clerical assistants, Sisters responsible for the liturgies. As always the entire local community of Sisters at the Generalate will provide hospitality and assist in every way possible.
We sincerely thank you in advance for your prayers and spiritual support during the time of our deliberations, so that they may bear the fruit which God desires for our Congregation, the Church and the world.