March 16, 2020
The 2020 Province Chapter of
the Religious of the Good Shepherd in Philippines-Japan started on March 16,
2020 at the Divine Child Auditorium of St. Bridget School in Quezon City with
the chapter theme “Transformed by Love, Passionate for mission. The opening
liturgy was highlighted by indigenous dance and the procession of the
participants with the Chapter candle to the Chapter Hall. Community products
were offered in the centerpiece highlighting the importance of economic justice
and integrity of creation. Newspaper clippings of local and global situations
were also posted.
Sr. Regina Kuizon, incumbent Province Leader opened the
Chapter and said, “This sacred moment has been challenged by the Taal Volcano
eruption of January 12 and the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) that has become
pandemic.” These events led to the change of venue and change of dates. There
would have been more sister delegates in this third open chapter if not for the
present global crisis. The other sister delegates were advised not to come when
the “lockdown or community quarantine” was announced. Providentially, Sr.
Brigid Lawlor our former Congregational Leader arrived early. She will both be
the Chapter facilitator and appointed delegate of Sr. Ellen Kelly, our present
Congregational Leader. The latter is unable to come due to the lockdown in
|Pictures courtesy of Ms. Jecar Enoroba and Sr. Tess Figueroa
OPENING OF THE 2020 PROVINCE CHAPTER
Province of Philippines-Japan
Sr. M. Regina T. Kuizon RGS
President, 2020 Chapter
Calling Forth of Province Chapter Delegates
Today, March 16, 2020, we are gathered for the 2020 Province Chapter. This sacred moment has been challenged by the Taal Volcano eruption of January 12 and the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) that has become pandemic. This would have taken place only on March 19, 2020, feast of St. Joseph, patron of the work of the Good Shepherd, and would have involved more participation of our sister-delegates. They are united with us in prayers in the 24 communities in the Philippines and in Japan.
I, with the consent of the apostolic and contemplative
We now request the Chapter Secretary,
PANGINOON, NARITO AKO. (Here I am, Lord).
Dear Delegates of our 2020 Province Chapter,
“The Province Chapter is a privileged time in the history of
This is an OPEN CHAPTER.
Our Chapter, with the theme, “Transformed by Love, Passionate for Mission,”
Let us listen to the spirit of Jesus, the Good Shepherd,
I HEREBY DECLARE THE