The last few months have seen big changes in the life of our Holy Spirit Province. After we wished Sr Lucyna Frączek well as she left for her new mission of service as our General Treasurer in Rome, we entered into the process of discernment regarding our new provincial administration. After time of prayer, discussion and reflection, we received the joyful news that our Sr Małgorzata Kozub had been appointed as our new Provincial Leader, with Sr Alicja Drabik (Assistant Provincial), Sr Grace Rocławska (Treasurer) and Sr Rita Marie Apura (Secretary) forming the Provincial Council.
In our congregation, sisters who serve in leadership begin this ministry through a ceremony of installation. We celebrated this ceremony on the 19th of October. It was wonderful to have most sisters from around the province present on this special day, and a delight to know that our newly elected Superior General, Sr Angela Marie Mazzeo, would be joining us, too!
Our ceremony began with the Eucharist, celebrated by Fr Grzegorz (Greg) Skulski SDS, and concelebrated by Fr Artur Botur TChr and Fr Tadeusz Przybylak TChr, Provincial Leader of the Society of Christ in Australia. Together we heard the Scriptural themes of persistence in prayer, and were invited by Fr Greg in the words of his homily to be faithful in praying for our new provincial administration.
Following our celebration of the Eucharist, we began the official Rite of Installation. The Rite was so moving, and full of beautiful symbols of mission and sending: a burning candle, relics of our Mother Foundress, and oils from Jerusalem. These oils formed a particularly special part of the ceremony as each sister present was invited to anoint the members of the new leadership team. This particular act reminded me of what our Constitutions (Covenant of Love) say about the sisters called to serve in leadership, that they are to be sisters among sisters. During this ceremony, Sr Małgorzata, Sr Alicja, Sr Grace and Sr Rita were not only anointed and sent to the sisters, but anointed and sent by us. The entire experience of prayer and fellowship spoke of the importance of building unity and of working together to serve our vibrant Australian province, and of embracing our leaders with joy, trust and prayerful support.
Sr Sophie Boffa csfn