There was an atmosphere of joy and celebration as the members of the General Chapter gathered in the Chapter hall to prepare for the installation of the new General Administration. Bearing their lighted candles, the Sisters and past administration led Sister Dia Stasiuk, General Superior; Sister Lydia Anna Sawka, Vicar; and Councilors, Sister Mariela Rotzen, Sister Daniela Stefkova and Sister Nazariya Mykhaylyuk into the Chapel for Vespers.
The installation took place before the singing of “O joyful Light,” during which Sister Miriam Claire, past General and her Council handed over the symbols of office to Sister Dia and her Council. Sister Miriam Claire offered words of support, fidelity and love to the incoming administration with an assurance of the prayers of all. No significant celebration in the Order is complete without gifts and flowers, and these were lovingly presented to the newly-elected General Superior and her Council.
Since God chose to place the seal of approval on this joyful gathering with rain and thunder, the banquet which followed took place under the protection of the covered part of the courtyard rather than in the courtyard proper. Nonetheless, there was no dampening of spirits in the festivities.
The Chapter will conclude its work on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.