PURAK, Papar – The new General Council of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) took the pledge to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to them before the Church and congregation on 8 Dec 2017.
They took the pledge after the homily during the Mass of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the congregational feast day, at Pace Bene here.
First, Superior General Sister Frances Mani, 67, took the pledge before Archbishop John Wong. Then the councillors – Sisters Lilian Unsoh, 57 (vicaress), Germaine Angkanon, 65, Lucy Embayan, 59, Joan Michael, 49, Calista Saliun, 48, and Dariah Ajap, 51, pledged to obey and collaborate with Mani in the governance of the congregation.
This was followed by all the sisters present pledging their obedience to the government. In turn, the general council pledged to serve the community to the best of their ability.
In her maiden speech after the Mass, Mani said her service would one of servant-leadership and asked for prayers from all those present.
She then announced the following appointments: Sister Terry Loukang the Vocation Directress; Sister Tina Basil the Postulant Formator; Sister Juanah Saliun the Novice Formator; Sister Appollonia Gumpu the formator of the Juniors while Sister Alice Lopez remains the procurator.
The councillors will take turns to be the secretary whenever there is a meeting.
Mani declared the 10th General Chapter closed with the chanting of the Te Deum.
In his turn, Abp Wong thanked Father Gerry Lobo ofm for being the retreat master, and congratulated the sisters for a relatively smooth election on Dec 7.
He exhorted the new council to remember that God is with them, to focus on their mission and charism with Mary as their model in the fulfillment of the tasks ahead in the next six years.
Concelebrating the Eucharist with Abp Wong were Abp Emeritus John Lee, Fr Lobo and Father Aloysius Fidelis.
The first council meeting will be held on 8 Jan 2018.