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BSPA Congregation hosts 16th General Chapter

BSPA Congregation hosts 16th General Chapter - (01-07-2014)

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Photo: Sister Patricia Vereb (far left) joined Sister Judith Nieson (center) and Sister Hope Rodenborn during the 16th General Chapter. Each meeting began with prayer and table sharing.

The members of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration opened their 16th General Chapter by discerning “God’s will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else” in mid June at the monastery in Clyde, Missouri.

Thirty-nine delegates spent two weeks discussing the congregation’s activities since the last chapter held six years ago. This included reports on the different works, monastery renovations, leadership accomplishments, finances and vocations. In addition, delegates shared their vision for the future and collaborated on the steps necessary to achieve it.

The chapter also included a day-long presentation on Good Zeal, presented by Abbot Philip Lawrence, OSB of Benedict Abbey of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Toward the conclusion of the meeting, the delegates elected the new general council that will serve the congregation for the next six years. Sister Dawn Annette Mills, OSB was elected prioress general. Sister Ruth Elaine Starman, OSB, Sister Joan Ridley, OSB and Sister Valerie Stark, OSB were elected general councilors.

“We elected a faith-filled and competent prioress general and general council who will continue to lead us in the ways of the Lord’s design for our congregation,” said Sister Pat Nyquist, OSB who recently completed her own term as prioress general. “I was privileged to serve as prioress general and look forward to serving in another capacity.”