Province
of
Malta
Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.


Provincial Chapter

 

26/07/2014

 

The Provincial Chapter was brought to an end today 26th July with a Final message delivered by Mother General, Fr Michael Farrugia and Mother Provincial. These were followed by a Thanksgiving Mass.

 

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24/07/2014 - Election Day

 

Today was dedicated to elections.  After praying to the Holy Spirit for His enlightenment and assistance, the delegates, gathered in the Chapter Hall, first voted for the Provincial Superior.  Sr Josephine Xuereb was once again elected to serve the Maltese Province for another four years. The Councillors who would be supporting and helping the Provincial Superior were elected later on during the day.  These are the new Council members:  Sr Edmondina Camilleri – Superior Vicar, Sr Bertilla Bartolo and Sr Claudia Zammit – Provincial Councillors, while Sr Francesca Abela – Provincial Councillor and Secretary.  Sr Teresia Buttigieg was re-elected Provincial Bursar, and Sr Gabriella Grech was nominated to be the Provincial Superior’s Personal Secretary.  We congratulate them all and promise them our prayers, so that they may continue working in the Lord’s fields, as He pleases.

 

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23/07/2014

 

Yesterday afternoon and this morning, the delegates, divided into two workshops, are working on the Instrumentum Laboris, which is a synthesis of the replies the sisters sent after reflecting on the questionnaire compiled by the Provincial council. Following their discussions, at the Plenary session this afternoon they will present their suggestions to be reviewed by all the delegates.
The theme of this morning’s prayer in the Chapter Hall  was “I am the Good Shepherd”, prepared by Sr Antida Pisani.

 

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22/07/2014

 

The second day began with Lauds and Holy Mass, on the feast of St Mary Magdalene.  During Mass Fr Michael spoke about the trust St M Magdalene showed in the Lord, in spite of her weaknesses. The morning prayer in the Chapter Hall was led by Sr PierMarie Zammit on the theme “I am the Bread of Life”.  The Holy Sacrament was exposed.  The prayer was followed by Mother General’s and Mother Provincial’s message.  Fr Michael then proceeded to explain how the work was to be carried out in the groups this afternoon.  After a short break, the elections for the different roles ensued. The morning’s work was brought to a close with the reading of the Report of the Provincial Superior.

 

 

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21/07/2014

 

Evening:

 

In the afternoon, today, we had a Second Conference by Fr Michael Farrugia O.Carm, on how the discussions in the workshops should be carried out, as we look at the identity of the Congregation, also keeping in mind the recent developments in the Cause of Beatification of Mother Margerita. The day of reflection came to an end with an Hour of Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, in which Vespers were recited.

 

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Morning - A day of reflection:


The Official opening of the Provincial Chapter started with a procession of all the delegates from the Chapel to the Chapter Hall, led by Fr Michael Farrugia OCarm. This was followed by the enthronement of the Bible, as the Word of God is to guide us throughout these days, and a Power point presentation with the theme of the Chapter “Inħallu lill-Mulej jiżborna biex inkunu friegħi ħajjin

fil-Knisja”, prepared by the Provincial Council. Fr Michael gave his first talk on the importance of the Chapter as an instrument of renewal; the criteria for this renewal; the prophetic signs of the Chapter, and the direction the Chapter should take. The morning reflection was brought to a close by the Celebration of the Holy Mass.

 

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20/07/2014

 

Please join us in prayer during this week as our sisters will gather from tomorrow Monday 21st till Saturday 26th July to celebrate the Provincial Chapter entitled “Inħallu lill-Mulej jiżborna biex inkunu friegħi ħajjin fil-Knisja”. This chapter will elect the new Mother Provincial and the Council. May the Holy Spirit guide them so that the centre of their discussions and decisions will be to do God's will for the good of our Province, the Church and the Maltese society.