2019 General Chapter

Transforming love — for the life of the world

May 12-22, the Sisters of the Holy Cross held their Twenty-sixth General Chapter in Shillong, India. The Chapter, convened every five years, has two main objectives. The first is to articulate a direction that reflects how God is calling the Congregation to live and serve at this time in history; the second is to elect the General Leadership Team members who will be facilitating the Congregation’s implementation of that direction.

Since 2017 the sisters have been surfacing, exploring and refining a variety of issues—including nonviolence and advocacy for justice, intercultural living and governance—in preparation for the Chapter. Earlier this year, sisters from around the world were elected to serve as delegates to the Chapter.

In the upcoming weeks we will share more pictures, stories, and information ​from the 2019 General Chapter.

Prayer for General Chapter 2019

O Transforming Love, 
touch our hearts until they beat as one 
with your life-giving rhythms,
lamenting and prophesying, mending and healing,
welcoming and embracing, dancing and rejoicing,
until all creation teems with the grace of your love. 

Transform us, O Beloved,
so that like Mary, our Mother,
we may stand compassionately at the 
foot of every cross of suffering,
invite miracles that turn scarcity to abundance 
at every joy-filled feast, 
and wait with expectant hope for the rushing winds of your Pentecost Spirit
with those whose hearts are frightened.

Transform us, O Beloved,
to be love for the life of the world. AMEN