The 35th General Chapter of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) will be held in virtual mode July 18-30. Under the theme “The Call of Our Lives,” the congregation will bring together sisters, affiliates and external partners for this major gathering.
This theme will be the touchstone throughout the experience. As never before, the Spirit is calling. People throughout the world are calling, calling out! “We are calling each other, now!”
In this extraordinary time of global awareness and interconnectedness, of systems’ breakdown and deep angst, of awareness of our own vulnerability and of the threat to our Earth community, the members of the congregation ask themselves:
- Who are we called to be?
- What are we called to do?
- How will we unite with others who are hearing a similar call?
- What new and urgent call do we hear in COVID-19 in the rallying for equality in the face of racism?
During this 35th General Chapter, the participants will be called to reflect and share their questioning.
“… may we listen deeply, with our hearts, our personal and communal hearts, and our local and global hearts! Out of our listening, as our logo depicts, may we call out, together, for the transformation that needs to take place, within us, and in the world”, emphasized the members of the Coordinating Committee of the General Chapter (CCC) in their first communiqué on the subject.
On the eve of this 35th Chapter, which will take place under special conditions (in virtual mode), a time for the Business Chapter is planned from July 18 to 24 inclusive in the presence of the sisters, affiliates and partners. This will be followed by the Chapter of Elections from July 25 to 30 inclusive in the presence of the sisters only.