The Inclusive Provincial Chapter was held during the weekend of 8th and 9th March, 2014. On Saturday the delegates met in the Meeting room at Queen of Poland Convent Marayong to count the votes for the delegate to the General Chapter that will be held in Rome in 2015. After the votes were tallied, several candidates for delegate emerged, but no one had a clear majority.
Father Peter Jones OSA joined the sisters at mid- morning. Father Jones is currently the Director of the Augustinian Novitiate at Brookvale but over the years he ministered in parishes, teaching, and spirituality and formation. Father Jones delivered a conference explaining different forms of obedience that we experience in life today. After that he celebrated with the sisters the Mass for Saturday after Ash Wednesday.
The sisters had time to enjoy each other’s company at lunch, and to visit the new convent that was almost complete in Plumpton NSW. They had until the next day to decide and pray about their choice of candidate.
Sunday’s venue for the next segment of the first session of the Provincial Chapter was held at Holy Spirit Convent in Castle Hill. This convent was built as the “Provincial Home” for Holy Spirit Province where council meetings were held and hospitality was offered through the provincial celebrations that occurred over the years. However, previous provincial teams had been mooted for quite some time to sell the property and move to a new location.
After the second vote, which elected Sister Alicja Drabik(pictured below) the delegate to the General Chapter.
The sisters held a farewell ceremony to “say goodbye” to the house: Holy Spirit Convent in Castle Hill. Sister Josita Paczkowska intrigued all of us when she arrived at the convent wheeling a suitcase. She told us during the prayer service that the suitcase was brought to “pack” the fond memories that we, as a province, wanted to take with us. Sisters took turns recalling the precious experiences they had in connection with the venue. Some told funny incidents, others more serious ones, but all remembered fondly the hospitality the sisters, who lived in the convent, showed to all visitors. When the suitcase was “packed” Sister Josita asked Sister Grażyna Rocławska to close the suitcase. Then Sister Grażyna presented our luggage to Sister Lucyna Frączek, Sister- In- Charge of the Holy Spirit Convent Community. Lunch was served and then gradually sisters departed to different destinations.
Later that day, after the meeting, sisters stopped at the new Holy Spirit Convent in Plumpton to “unpack” the suitcase and to pray for God’s blessings for all of the sisters that will live there in the future.