This year’s Province Assembly had the title: ‘Communal Apostolic Discernment – called to something different.’ This is continuing the General Superior’s request to all members of the Institute to be involved in discernment of our future, especially with regard to the mission of the worldwide Institute.
This year we were guided by Ruth Holgate who facilitated five sessions which helped us to get in touch with our institutional history and journey, and to look at the particular issues related to communal – rather than individual – discernment. This included listening sessions, making a time-line of our Institute’s life both in the UK and worldwide, and sharing our insights. Many thanks go to Ruth for her wonderful guidance, her humour and the clarity of her diagrammes!
Hinsley Hall was our venue for the third or fourth time, as we have found it an excellent place for our needs, and the staff looked after us extremely well. As always, it was a time of togetherness for us, with plenty of time to talk as well as to work. The weather was good to us as well. Most members of the province were able to attend, in addition to a visiting CJ from Hungary, a Slovak sister on loan to the English province who works with us in York, two postulants and a candidate.