The Ursulines of Prelate, based in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, recently held their convention and elected a new Leadership Team (see photo).
|The new leaders of the Ursulines of Prelate: (back, from left) Sr. Mary Zerr, Sr. Bernice Daratha, Sr. Dianne Sehn; (front) General Superior Sr. Anne Lewans, Sr. Lucy Palm.
The Sisters met from April 20 to 23, 2015, and took as their inspiration the words of Pope Francis: “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!” These words have gone around the world at lightning speed and are being heard by many different people. Pope Francis added that, “Evangelical radicalness is not only for religious: it is demanded of all…” but religious are called to live it in a special way.
The day before the convention, the Sisters celebrated the 100th birthday of Sr. Dorothy Bertsch. Sisters, family and friends joined her in giving thanks not only for her 100 years of life, but also for her many years of service to God and God’s people.
On Monday morning, the convention opened as Sr. Anne Lewans, General Superior, gave an overview of the last four years’ events and happenings, followed by financial reports. From there, Sr. Kathleen Pruitt, a sister of St. Joseph of Peace from Seattle, took over the facilitation. She very capably led the group through reflections on discernment and leadership. The topic of leadership was an important one because the Prelate Ursulines are simplifying their leadership structures—going to shorter terms for leadership and changing from conventions to assemblies. Regardless of age and infirmities, there was much discussion about future ministry and mission and what could be an Ursuline way to wake up the world.
On Thursday, April 23, with Bishop Don Bolen present and after opening prayer, the elections started. The newly elected Leadership Team is as follows: General Superior: Sr. Anne Lewans; Assistants: Sr. Lucy Palm, Sr. Dianne Sehn; Sr. Mary Zerr; Sr. Bernice Daratha. The community offered their prayers and support to these women as, on July 1, 2015, they will begin three years of ministry to the congregation. Thanks were offered to Sr. Ludvina Scheck as she completes her years of service on the Leadership Team.
Yes! We are determined to wake up the world through our witness—our work and our being!
Felicitas Drobig, osu