We reflected on the revised prologue of the Constitutions and continued with the reports.
The Report of the Congregational Treasurer
During the introduction of her report, Sister Yolanda Borbon, Congregational Treasurer said: “The field of economics is a means of missionary activity for the Church.” This opening sentence of the Circular Letter on Guidelines for the Administration of the Assets in Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life expresses what actually gave me energy in the past six years: the link between finance and mission…the consciousness that administration is for mission…that administration is mission.
She added: “Administration for Mission is not new to us. Our Constitutions say: “the material resources of the Congregation are at the service of our mission and to serve the needs of the sisters” (Art. 140).
Sr. Yolanda then spoke about the mission of the Congregational Treasurer.
The mission of the Congregational Treasurer extended beyond the office in the Generalate to the different Units around the Congregation. In the report to the 2009 Congregational Chapter, the Congregational Treasurer encouraged the Units, in need of technical assistance in finance and administration, to request help from the Congregational Treasurer.
Responding to the Units’ invitations and through collaboration with CLT Link Councillors, thirty four (34) Administration for Mission Sessions in 19 countries, (with 10 countries visited two or three times in 6 years) were conducted.
These sessions promoted a clear understanding of administration as mission by integrating the spiritual and evangelical principles of stewardship and the skills in administration and financial management. Topics included: spirituality, administration for mission, evangelical principles in stewardship, budgeting processes, accounting systems, financial monitoring, financial reports, centralization of finances, finance policies and procedures, property management and human resources management.
Overall, the purpose of the sessions was to raise the sisters’ capacity and improve accounting systems towards accountability, transparency, co-responsibility, and compliance with national and international regulations and standards.
The Banana Accounting software became popular in many Units. Sisters were enthusiastic to adapt to new ways that ensure greater transparency and integrity of the accounting and financial reporting systems.
After the presentation of the report, sisters were invited to reflect on some questions and then share in the plenary sessions. Deep appreciation was expressed for Yolanda’s clear and comprehensive report.
The Report of Mother House
The Mother House Committee
The report was presented by the Mother House Committee
The importance of the Mother House was underlined, it is
- A place which brings us “home” to our roots;
- Puts us in touch with our foundational story;
- Re-ignites the courage and zeal of SME in the midst of many challenges;
- A symbol of unity in the Congregation;
- An international space which emphasizes the missionary spirit of the Congregation.
The Committee assists the Community Leader and the Director of Hospitality in considering
Issues of finance,
maintenance of the building, job descriptions,
hiring of personnel not covered by the Association,
and responding to legalities specific to France.
They also spoke about the International Community:
The International Community at the Mother House is formed by 14 Sisters (11 nationalities):
3 Indian; 2 Swiss;
1 Lebanese, 1 Sri Lankan, 1 Malagasy;
1 Costa Rican, 1 Colombian; 1 Irish;
1 French; 1 Argentinian; 1 South Korean.
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