Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Affirm New Congregational Leadership Team
ST. LOUIS, MO: The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet affirmed its new leadership team on Saturday, January 11 at a ceremony at the province motherhouse St. Louis.
The new Congregational Leadership Team members are: Sisters Danielle Bonetti and Miriam Ukeritis from the Albany Province, Sister Barbara Dreher from the St. Louis Province, and Sisters Mary McKay from the Los Angeles Province and Sister Mary Ann Leininger (who served in the Vice Province of Peru).
The team was selected in July at the Congregational Chapter held in Los Angeles. More than 125 attendees from the congregation’s provinces of Albany, Los Angeles, St. Louis and St. Paul, as well as from the vice provinces of Hawaii and Peru participated.|
Held every six years, the chapter convenes not only to elect new leaders but also to identify calls to action in light of the congregation’s spirit and purpose in relation to the current needs of the Church and society.
The chapter body addressed how to meet these needs in their Acts of Chapter, focusing on areas of relationship with Earth and the Church, as well as issues of exploring what the structure, partnership and membership of religious life in the congregation may look like in the future.
“There is a growing awareness and sense of responsibility in regard to social justice in the world which is also very evident in the ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph,” says Sister Mary Ann Leininger, who for the past 11 years has served as the director of a home for children at risk in Huanuco, Peru.
“Our ability to look towards the future will be an important aspect of leadership for this next term,” says Sister Miriam Ukertis, who recently served as the chief executive officer of the Southdown Institute in Aurora, Canada “We must embrace our reality without denial or illusion and build on that vision.”
“As we Sisters of St. Joseph evolve, advances in science, modes of communication and models of relationship are also evolving,” says Sister Danielle Bonetti, who recently served as the vice president of mission integration at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, N.Y. “We recognize the great thirst in our world for justice, global interconnection and spirituality.”
“Interpreting everything from a global view is no longer optional, says Sister Barbara Dreher, who recently served as the executive director of mission advancement for the sisters’ St. Louis Province. “Whoever we are and whatever we do will impact all life because everything is interconnected.”
“I do not have a clear vision of what life will be like in fifteen or twenty years, bu I do think that some of the realities that will shape the future –increasing globalization, diversity—are already emerging," says Sister Mary McKay, who recently served as a professor of religious studies at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. “Openness, creativity and hope will help us to respond.”
The leadership team is headquartered at the Congregational Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and will serve in office through 2020.
The new Congregational Leadership Team: (seated) Sister Barbara Dreher and Sister Danielle Bonetti; (standing) Sister Mary Ann Leininger, Sister Miriam Ukeritis and Sister Mary McKay