SASKATOON — “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!”
These words by Pope Francis 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 Ursulines of Prelate, who held their convention April 20 - 23, tried to take these words to heart as they prayed, reflected, discussed and elected a new leadership team.
On Monday morning, the convention opened as Sister Anne Lewans, general superior, gave an overview of the last four years’ events and happenings, followed by financial reports by Sister Pauline Greschner and Andy Praksas.
From there, Sister Kathleen Pruitt, a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace from Seattle, took over the facilitation. She capably led the sisters through reflections on discernment and leadership. The topic of leadership was an important one because the Ursulines are simplifying their leadership structures — going to shorter terms for leadershio and changing from conventions to assemblies.
Regardless of age and infirmities, there was a great deal of discussion which generated life and passion around mission and ministry, calling them to continue to respond to their charism to “educate for life,” as Angela did, and to “wake up the world” in our time.
On Thursday, April 23, Bishop Donald Bolen was present for the elections. The newly elected council is as follows: general superior: Sister Anne Lewans; assistants: Sister Lucy Palm, Sister Dianne Sehn, Sister Mary Zerr, Sister Bernice Daratha. The whole community offered a prayer and their support to these women as, in July, they will begin three years of ministry to the congregation.
Gratitude was offered to Sister Ludvina Scheck, who is completing her years of service on the Leadership Team.