Sr. Jane Finnerty, O.S.U., Provincial for the Ursuline Sisters of the Eastern Province, leaves Sunday, September 18, 2016 for the Enlarged General Council (EGC) in North Sydney, Australia. The theme of the meeting is: “From exclusion to encounter: As daughters of Angela, empowered and transformed by the Holy Spirit, how do we open our hearts to the cries of our earth and its people in Asia/Pacific?”
Sr. Jane begins her month-long journey with an immersion experience from September 19-29th with the indigenous people in central Australia. Sr. Maureen Welch, O.S.U., a Councilor of the Eastern Province, and the International Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) coordinator has been invited to attend as well. She will visit Thailand and Cambodia for her immersion experience. Ursuline provincials throughout the world will also visit Southeast Queenland, Australia (encounter with a lower socio-economic community), Hualien and Kaohsiung, China (environmental issues), West Java & Bali, Cental Java & Bali and East Java & Bali, Indonesia (interreligious matters) and Pattaya & Payao, Thailand (human trafficking) and Samutsakorn & Cambodia, Thailand (migrant issues).
The EGC meeting will be held October 3-10th at Anderly Lodge, North Sydney, Australia. Sr. Michele Connolly, RSJ will lead the reflection process and help the Sisters to integrate their immersion experiences. Fr. Benedictus Hari Juliawan, SJ will lead sessions on social justice in the region. There will also be opportunity for sharing on topics related to life in their own provinces.
Please keep Sr. Jane, Sr. Maureen and all of our Sisters and their colleagues who minister on the margins and periphery of society in your prayers.