The first-ever Assembly of the Whole hosted by the Charity Federation will occur June 13-16 in Chicago. Participants will include members of 14 congregations of women religious that form the Federation and that trace their roots to St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and SCL Associates will be among those attending. SCLs have also been involved with the planning. Sisters Kathleen Mary Connelly, Eileen Haynes and Vickie Perkins are members of the planning committee. Sisters Peg Johnson and Mary Jo Quinn are working with the group planning prayers and liturgies. Sister Réjane Cytacki, SCL, will be one of three panelists for the “conversation” with the keynote speaker during the assembly.
Sister Margaret “Peggy” O’Neill, SC (New Jersey), a theology professor and missionary, will keynote the assembly. Sister is the founder of El Centro Arte Para la Paz, an educational and cultural center in Suchitoto, El Salvador. In October 2017, she spoke at the Vincentian Family 400th anniversary celebration in Rome, Italy. Also presenting will be Sister Mary Sujita Kallupurakkathu, SND. Sister Mary Sujita served two terms in leadership with the Sisters of Notre Dame, and spoke at the 2016 assembly of the International Union of Superiors General on the topic “Solidarity for Life on the Periphery.” The Assembly of the Whole theme is “Weaving Together Unstoppable Charity.”
The Sisters of Charity Federation of North America is a voluntary membership association representing over 2,500 sisters.