Monday, May 14th

The closing of the Congregational Gathering, today, was treated with utmost solemnity. To begin, (contrary to experience of less formal events) packing and preparing to leave did not, in any way, signal a premature distancing from the main tasks of the morning. All were in attendance at the designated time, dress was formal as before, and a sense of occasion pervaded the meeting space – evidence of the commitment which has marked this entire event. Read More ….

Thursday, May 10th

Sister Aurea Dias pbvm, Sister Sharon Fagan pbvm, Sister Julie Watson pbvm, Sister Neneth Robledo pbvm, Sister Anne McDermott pbvm

This was the day when the election of our new Congregational Leadership Team was completed. We were then in a position to elect, also, the Assistant Congregational Leader. All this work proceeded in a spirit of communion and discernment. It was a day to remember.

We resumed our work towards our Gathering directions and decisions and then, faithful to long-standing Presentation spirit, at the end of the day we relaxed and celebrated together, giving thanks to God and one another.

Wednesday, May 2nd

An unexpected change took place today: all of us delegates were asked to arrange ourselves around the room according to age –and it caused quite a stir! Then we were invited to a focused conversation in peer groups. We had an interesting time.

We found that perspectives can be remarkably the same and remarkably different across generations as well as cultures. We were reminded to pay attention to recurring themes, but also to listen to the minority and solitary voices.