Selecting Chapter Delegates, a Spirituality of Justice and Drafting a Direction Statement

2021 Congregational Assembly of Contemplative Sisters (CACS):


Yesterday participants spent time in prayer and reflection prior to conducting polling sessions to select their nine delegates to the Congregational Chapter. Three come from the Asia/RIMOA region, three from Latin America, two from North America and one from Europe.

Today's presentation by Winifred Doherty (main picture) of our Congregational Justice and Peace Office was gratefully received by participants who then spent time in prayer and discussion.

"Dear God, what are we doing in this world and why are we here, if not to contribute to the well-being of our neighbors." This quote from Mary Euphrasia's Conferences sets the foundation for the presentation on a spirituality of justice. Using an image of a precious diamond and how it is cut and polished before it shines set a tone for reflecting on how change happens in each of us and the beauty that can result. Also focusing on Scripture, Mary Magdalen as the Apostle to the Apostles, the cosmic Christ, and spiritual writers, participants were challenged to reflect on how we live, work and promote or do not promote justice both within the Congregation and beyond. 

"The purpose of Jesus' call to discipleship is not to take people out of a hostile world, promising them a better life in God's heavenly kingdom. Instead, Jesus' purpose is to change the world in such a way that it will cease to be the hostile place it is, so that God's reign can be established on earth." (Chad Myers in Binding the Strong Man, Maryknoll, NY, Orbis, 1995)

What are the areas where we need transforming so that we are a community that "acts justly, loves tenderly and walks humbly with our God."   

The first draft for consideration of a Direction Statement was presented by Mary Edith Olaguer and Carol Seigel, who sought comments and suggestions as well as asked if any relevant items were missing. Additional work will be done as the Assembly has not yet ended.

November 09, 2021