A Sister Reflects - Reflexión de una Hermana

A Time of Discernment

From June 26 through July 2, a delegation of the Adrian Dominican Sisters met for the nineteenth General Chapter, an intense meeting where representatives of the Congregation elect their new leadership and determine their focus for the next six years. 

Many readers might be surprised to learn that a General Chapter is a time of significant individual and communal discernment. During a General Chapter, which takes place every six years (this Chapter was expected to have taken place in February, but was delayed because of COVID), representatives of the Congregation meet to pray, reflect, and discuss the future of the Congregation. Teams of women work together to write “Enactments” (statements that give the Sisters focus for the next six years) and these statements are then presented to the Chapter delegation. We also pray and discern who we believe can best serve in roles of leadership in the coming years.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters composed, discussed, reviewed, revised, and accepted Enactments on several topics (be sure to check our website in the coming days to learn more about the direction we have set for ourselves). The very first Enactment that was affirmed at our Chapter was on Vowed Dominican Life!

At a time when many religious Congregations have made the decision to no longer accept new members, we Dominican Sisters of Adrian, have affirmed our commitment to promote and walk with women who seek to explore vowed religious life. Stay tuned for ways in which you can discern your call with us.

Peace and blessings,
Sister Maribeth

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Sister Katherine Frazier, OP
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