Five Sisters of the Congregational Leadership Team (CLT) are responsible for the international governance of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN). They work as a team in administering the religious congregation. One member holds the designation of Congregational Leader.
Every six years, delegates from five continents, currently 14 Provinces or Units in the Congregation (September 2014), participate in a General Chapter to formulate broad policy, to give new direction to the religious community and to elect a Congregational Leadership Team. The members of the CLT are elected to serve for six years. They govern the Congregation and move forward or implement the directions and policies set by the membership at the General Chapter.
New Leadership Team
At Trinity University in Washington, D.C., USA, Sister delegates from five continents called forth a new Congregational Leadership Team for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. In late July 2014, the Sisters at the General Chapter, the highest decision-making body in the Congregation, re-elected Sister Teresita Weind (USA), a member of the Ohio Province, as the Congregational Leader for a second term of six years. They elected also four other members of a new Congregational Leadership Team (CLT), Sisters Patricia O’Brien (Britain), Liliane Sweko, re-elected, (Democratic Republic of Congo), Masheti Wangoyi (Kenya) and Maureen White (USA) to serve the Congregation from 2014-2020. The delegates accepted the challenge of being “called to be women of justice and peace in the midst of the inequality and violence in our world.” The Sister participants rejoiced in the election of the new Congregational Leadership Team (CLT) to serve the religious congregation.
Each one of the five Sisters on the Team brings special gifts, talents and a wealth of international experience in a variety of ministries. Sisters Teresita and Liliane, both re-elected to the CLT, have just completed six years in Congregational Leadership. Previous to their election in 2008, both Sisters had served in leadership roles: Sr. Teresita as Moderator in the Ohio Province and Sr. Liliane as Formation Director in Zimbabwe/South Africa. Sr. Patricia O'Brien had been the British Province Moderator for the past five years. Sr. Maureen had been the Director of Educational Services at Hope Community Center in Apopka, Florida. Sr. Masheti Wangoyi, finishing a thesis for a PH.D. from Roskilde University in Denmark, was the Kenya Province Moderator, previous to her years of study.
These members of the Congregational Leadership Team assumed responsibility for the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on December 12, 2014. With their collective experience in spirituality, theology, formation, education, catechetics, liturgy, health and pastoral care, the Team leads more than 1,300 Sisters on five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
In 1804, St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, established a strong central government for the new religious congregation. She was the first leader of the Congregation, formerly called a Superior General. She sent Sisters to serve in schools in France and Belgium. In the years following her death, Sisters were sent all over the world from the motherhouse in Namur, Belgium. As the Congregation grew, smaller governmental regions (called Units or Provinces) became distinct geographical regions. Today, the Units retain a high degree of autonomy, as well as have responsibility for the support of their members and for funding their works. The Congregation as a whole contributes to the support of unfunded and underfunded Notre Dame Ministries worldwide.
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