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Congregational Chapters

"The congregational chapter is a collegial assembly and the highest authority within the congregation. Representtaive of the congregation, it is a sign of unity and an expression of the participation and interest  of all the members in the progress of our mission. It is a spiritual event, a time of corporate reflection and conversion. By promoting renewal in the spirit of our charism, the chapter safeguards our heritage and is a source of life and inspiration for the entire congregation. "
                                          (Constitutions, 16- Approved by CICLSAL, August 19, 2009)


The Congregational Chapter was previously referred to as General Chapter.

After the 2003 General Chapter where delegates approved the revision of Article 1, the congregation worked on the integration of the Constitutions of the apostolic sisters and the Constitutions of the contemplative sisters. The process was participated in by sisters world wide and the Constitutions Committee led the drafting of the Integrated Constitutions.

In 2008, during the Intercontinental Assemblies (ICAs) and the Contemplative Inter Continental Assembly (CICA), besides the term General Chapter was changed to Congregational Chapter, new vocabularies were introduced to the congregation: Superior General referred to as Congregational Leader; General Council, as Congregational Leadership Team; General Secretary to Congregational Secretary and General Treasurer to Congregational Treasurer. 

The delegates to the 2009 Congregational Chapter voted for the approval of the Integrated Constitutions, which later was submitted to the Congregation for Institute of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life --CICLSAL, at the Vatican. CICLSAL approved it on August 19, feast of St. John Eudes.)

The Journey of Unifcation of Our Lady of Charity and Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, started in 2006, and consultation was done in provinces, districts and sectors by the Congregational Leadership Team, and continued with the Process Planning Committee. 

On June 27, 2014, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the journey concluded with Unification and ritual of unification were held in the different units. By the 30th Congregational Chapter in 2015, and the first after unification, the delegates approved the revision of the Prologue to the Constitutions.

Let us now look at the history of the General/Congregational Chapters begininng with first General Chapter during the time of Mother Foundress, St. Mary Euphrasia. 


1837 May 11
First General Chapter
First election of Mary Euphrasia as Superior General


1845 August 26

2nd General Chapter
Second Election of SME as Superior General


1851 July 31

3rd General Chapter
Third Election of SME as Superior General


August 6, 1857  

     4th General Chapter
Fourth Election of SME as Superior General.


May 19, 1864
5th General Chapter
last election of SME as Superior General

October 8, 1868

6th General Chapter
Sr. M. Peter de Coudenhove was elected Second Superior General


May 23 1874

7th General Chapter
Second election of Sr. M. Peter de Coudenhove as Second Superior General.


May 15 1880

8th General Chapter
Third election of Sr. M. Peter de Coudenhove as Second Superior General


December 7, 1885  

9th General Chapter
Fourth election of  Sr. M. Peter de Coudenhove as Second Superior General


June 2 1892 

10th General ChapterSr. M. Marine Verger was elected third Superior General


May 6 1898

11th General Chapter

Second election of Sr. M. Marine Verger as third Superior General


June 30, 1905
12th General Chapter
First Election of Sr. M. Domitilla Larose as Fourth Superior General

June 3 1911 
  13th General Chapter
Second election of Sr. M. Domitilla Larose as Fourth Superior General

May 12, 1921
14th General Chapter
Third election of Sr. M. Domitilla Larose as Fourth Superior General


June 19, 1928
15th General Chapter

Election ofSr. M. John of the Cross Balzer as Fifth Superior General


May 18, 1933

16th General Chapter
Second election of Sr. M. John of the Cross Balzer as Fifth Superior General.

May 15 1940
17th General Chapter, in Rome (Canonization of SME on May 2, 1940)
Election of Sr. M. Ursula Jung as Sixth Superior General


June 19, 1947

18th General Chapter in Angers
 Second election of Sr. M. Ursula Jung as Sixth Superior General

    
June 18 1953
19th General Chapter        
Third election of Sr. M. Ursula Jung as Sixth Superior General


July 21, 1960

            20th General Chapter in Angers
Election of Sr. M. Thomas Aquinas as Seventh Superior General


July 29, 1966
21st General Chapter
Second Election Sr. M. Thomas Aquinas as Seventh Superior General


September 29, 1969

     22nd General Chapter in Angers
(Generalate moved to Rome on July 14, 1969)


June 16, 1973
23rd General Chapter
Sr. M. Bernadette Fox was elected Eighth Superior General
on June 27, 1973

June 15 1979
24th General Chapter
Second election of Sr. M. Bernadette Fox as Eighth Superior General
on June 28, 1979.

June 16, 1985
25th General Chapter
Sr. Ma. Gema Cadena was elected
Ninth 
Superior General on July 1, 1985

July 1, 1991
26th General Chapter
 Election of Sr. M. Liliane Tauvette as  10th Superior General on July 20, 1991

1997
27th General Chapter
Second Election of Sr. M. Liliane Tauvette as 10th Superior General

2003
 
 
28th General Chapter      
Election of Sr. M. Brigid Lawlor as 11thSuperior General


2009

29th Congregational Chapter in Angers
Second election of
Sr. M. Brigid Lawlor as 11th Congregational Leader


2015

30th Congregational Chapter
Election of Sr. M. Ellen Kelly as 12th Congregational Leader

2021
31st Congregational Chapter