The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart have this week elected a new congregational leadership team to take forward the congregation’s vision for the next six years.
Sr Monica Cavanagh was elected congregational leader for a second term, to be joined by Sisters Josephine Dubiel, Mary Ellen O’Donoghue, Clare Conaglen and Louise Reeves as general councillors.
The new congregational leadership team was elected by the 63 Sisters participating in the 27th General Chapter of the Sisters of St Joseph held at their spirituality centre in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, from September 29 to October 15. The Members of the Chapter considered the skills, experience and needs of the congregation as they discerned the leadership for the next six years.
Sr Monica said she was humbled to be elected again and looks forward to leading the congregation as it continues to have a significant impact in communities around the world.
“It is a great privilege and responsibility to be elected as leader. With such diverse challenges being faced across society, the role the Sisters play is more important than ever, and we will be looking to ensure people can continue to rely on us for our support.”
The Sisters of St Joseph minster throughout Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Peru, East Timor, Scotland and Brazil. The congregation was founded in Penola, South Australia, in 1866 by St Mary MacKillop and English priest, Fr Julian E Tenison Woods.
The Sisters of St Joseph have ministries that support prisoner welfare, people living with disability, anti-trafficking and slavery programs, refugees, schools and young people, and indigenous people, among other areas.
The Sisters of Saint Joseph elect new Congregational Leadership Team (Sisters of St Joseph)