02 May 2008

Breaking News!

With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, we are happy to announce that on 30 April 2008, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and in the presence of Bishop Martin Holley, auxiliary bishop of Washington, DC, we elected SISTER MARY BERCHMANS to serve our community as superior for the next three years. (Mother Mary Berchmans standing at left; Mother Philomena seated at right.)
We are most grateful for Mother Philomena's 18 years of service in leadership. She completed her sixth term of three years this past week: 1978-81, 1981-84, 1990-93, 1993-96, 2002-05 and 2005-08. (Our Constitutions do not allow a sister to be elected for more than two consecutive terms.) Collectively, that totals over 6,500 days in office!
Mother Mary Berchmans and Sister Philomena were in school together here at Visitation and they are both proud members of the Gold Team. Perhaps this succession of Gold team leadership will bring them some luck as the White Team has won both the field hockey and basketball games this year. (Click here or here for a bit about our Gold/White rivalry.)

"The Superior shall keep a watchful eye on the community, that all the sisters may breathe peace, concord, union and the most amiable service of Jesus Christ."
St. Francis de Sales

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