Provincial Chapter Reflections
It has been nearly a month since the SUE Province hosted its Provincial Chapter. Fr. Provincial Tim Zak, SDB, reached out to members of the Salesian Family who attended to hear their experiences. Here is what two Salesian Sisters and two lay colleagues had to share.
"It was a great honor for me to attend the SDB Provincial Chapter as a Salesian Sister. Thank you so much for your warm welcome. It was encouraging to see that my Salesian Brothers are examining invitations from the Holy Spirit so similar to the ones we Salesian Sisters explored in our recent General Chapter. I invite everyone to prayerfully reread the intervention from Pope Francis at the bottom of page 24 of the Acts of GC28. His reflection on what 'tolle' could mean in our motto, 'Da mihi animas, caetera tolle,' was especially striking to me and left me pondering what ideas, things, and models I need to let go of in order to meet the needs of young people today."
- Sr. Brittany Harrison, FMA, Social Media, SEC Province, Haledon, NJ
"It is a great joy to be and work together as a family—Don Bosco's Family. I pray we will grow ever more in our understanding of and living his vision!"
- Sr. Denise Sickinger, FMA Salesian Family Delegate, Eastern USA, North Haledon, NJ
"It was truly a blessing and an honor to attend my first Provincial Chapter. I was awestruck by the unity we all share and how we were able to come together and ensure that everyone is heard and understood. By hearing to truly listen to and understand one another, we can allow ourselves to be moved by the Spirit and do what's best for the mission.
- Julia St. Clair, Province Communications Coordinator, New Rochelle, NY
"Having attended the Provincial Chapter for the first time as a secretary, I was inspired by the passion that filled many chapter members. There was a deep hunger to creatively find new ways to renew the Salesian identity, charism, and mission in our province. Although the chapter has ended, it is important for all members of the Salesian Family in our province to continue listening to those around us, especially the young and those who suffer from the effects of poverty. It is through attentively listening to these voices that we can be led by the Holy Spirit into a time of personal, communal, and provincial revival.
- Amy Stockinger, Office Support Manager, Provincial Offices of Vocations and Youth and Young Adult Ministry, New Rochelle, NY