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Sisters Elect New Congregational Leadership
For the next six years these Sisters will encourage, animate and foster the mission of the entire Congregation “to stand with people made poor in a world marked by increasing divisions and inequalities." --17th General Chapter
On July 26, 2014, the General Chapter delegates re-elected Sister Teresita Weind (USA), a member of the Ohio Province, as the Congregational Leader for second term of six years. They elected also a new Leadership Team, Sisters Patricia O’Brien (Britain), Liliane Sweko, re-elected, (Democratic Republic of Congo), Masheti Wangoyi (Kenya) and Maureen White (USA) to serve the Congregation from 2014-2020.
Chapter delegates shaped future directions, with concrete steps for implementation, and determined priorities for the Life in Mission during the next 6 years for more than 1300 members. Considering the diminished value of human life, the destruction of Earth and intolerance towards people perceived to be different, the Sisters included personal and collective responsibility in movement forward through action for justice.
Founded in 1804 in Amiens, France by St. Julie Billiart (1751-1816), the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, serve in a variety of ministries with associates, co-workers, and volunteers in Africa, Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America. The Congregation strives to respond, through education and programs for social justice, to the needs of people around the world, especially those living in poverty. The Sisters staff offices/centers in Rome, ITALY, Namur, BELGIUM and Ipswich, MA, USA.They maintain a website at www.sndden.org
Leonore Coan, SNDdeN