April 23rd will be a unique day in the life of our Sisters. For the past 25 years, Mother Joan Paul has been our Superior General.
Mother professed perpetual vows in 1984 (pictured here with Bishop Flavin) and was initially appointed as Mother General by Bishop Flavin, our founder, in 1994. We were founded in 1976, and for the first 19 years were under the leadership of Bishop Flavin who delegated much of the daily governance to the IHM (Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) Sisters from Immaculata, PA. In 1994 the last of the IHM Sisters who helped us get started, returned to PA, and Mother Joan Paul was appointed. We then elected Mother in our first Chapter of Elections in 2001, we re-elected her in 2007 and did the same in 2013. After 25 years of service to our community as Superior General, she will be handing off the reins on April 23, when we have our Chapter of Elections and choose a new Mother General from among our Sisters. (I wonder if that’s what she is thinking about in this recent picture below.)
The word I heard from the junior high children was that a new community of Sisters was coming next year. It seems a good time to write for four reasons:
- To dispel the falsities. A new community is not coming, we CKs will be back!
- To collect a few prayers. The Holy Spirit is in charge, and we are working at listening. Prayer should accompany the process.
- To inspire confidence in the process. We CKs have a strong founding charism and are striving to be faithful daughters of the Church, so you don’t need to wonder about crazy changes after the elections.
- To thank Mother Joan Paul for her many years of faithful service! If you’d like to send her a note, please do!
Mother Joan Paul
Villa Regina Motherhouse
4100 SW 56th Street
Lincoln, NE 68522
God bless us all and thanks for adding a prayer for us when you think of it.