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The General Visitation

At the dawn of December 28, 2013, the Provincial House Community welcomed with great joy and jubilation our esteemed guests and much loved Sister Mary Kristin and Sister Mary Sreeja. Since then the showers of blessings have been pouringover our Province with numerous graces. The Sisters who attended the General Visitation meetings gathered for the first day of the leadership seminar with much expectation and eagerness. Needless to say, the aftermath of the visitation has been blissful, energizing and life-giving.

The five days of leadership seminars, conferences, discussions, group sharing, brainstorming,the prayer services beginning each dayand the integration at the close of eachday have brought about tremendous transformation and transparency of Religious Life in general.

There were varieties of topics and presentations relevant to our culture.Topics included: Notre Dame Spirituality–Call to discipleship; Charism of Religious Life; Mary, Model of Discipleship; Incarnating the Love of our Provident God–Compassion and Communion; Zeal for the Reign of God; Spirit-energy Released through the Paschal Mystery; Notre Dame Spirituality;Religious Life Today; New Evangelization;Certain Values of a Good Leader; Components of Spiritual Leadership; Culture; Religious Membership and Evaluation.

The General Visitation was a grace-filled moment for the Province, especially for all the participants. Each of us wasmotivated to be more responsible members. Sister Mary Kristin and Sister Mary Sreeja emphasized in all of their talks and presentationsthat each Sister has to feel responsible membership for mutual transformation. They also motivated us to be “front runners” in bringing about God’s reign of compassion, unconditional love and total forgiveness.Addressing the strengthsand challenges of the Congregation, they stated that we are CALLED TO BE PERSONALLY AND COMMUNALLYpersons of integrity andhonesty,transformational leaders, need to adult to adult not adult to child, to be lifelonglearners / open and flexible, to be persons who can dialogue, to be risk takers and weneed to have creative fidelity.

On some of the core values of a Spiritual Leader stated that a leader must consist of a sense of call and inner integrity, faith in a shared vision, nourishing the shared vision and commitment to it, pursuit of a common mission, one’s own views, making a difference in others’ lives, having courage to say what needs to be said, challenging others to their best,and an ability to maintain distance from task and people.

The five days of reflecting, introspecting, renewing, and revitalizing together have molded us to be people of vision, motivation, and transformation for mission. We thank God for His intervention and graces in each of us very specially during these days. The attitude of gratitude goes out to our dear Sister Mary Kristin and Sister Mary Sreeja for being the catalysts in channeling us to be agents of transformation and responsible members of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

“Our Lady of Visitation, Make Us Joyful Members of Christ to the World”

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