On January 3-5, the Leadership Council for the US Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph met to continue with their follow-up plans to implement the historic decisions made at the 2017 Leadership Assembly. Throughout the past month, we have been sharing the outcomes of that meeting with you. Click here to read about the 2017 decisions for “A Bold New Future” that are now being implemented


Imaging Potential Services for Member Congregations

All elected congregational and provincial leaders of the Federation’s member congregations make up the Leadership Assembly. Prior to the 2017 Leadership Assembly, all of these leaders completed a confidential survey, the results of which helped them understand the complexities of congregational life in this time of transition and change. To follow up a small committee composed of Marguerite O’Brien, Barbara Dreher, and Jayne Helmlinger is now developing a new survey to further explore (1) what types of sharing and collaboration among congregations members might anticipate over the next decade and (2) what type of services they might desire from the US Federation. This survey will help in setting priorities and connecting congregations that can assist each other. The feedback from this survey will provide a helpful guide to the Leadership Assembly, which will be devoting more of its time to these types of issues as the new 12-person Leadership Council assumes more responsibility for the direction of the US Federation.

Identifying Reserved Powers

As the Leadership Assembly assumes new priorities, it will need to identify the essential oversight responsibilities that it must continue. The Reserved Powers Committee, made up of current and former leaders, Anne Myers, Jean Wincek, Katherine Gray, Ginny Maitland, Mary Lou Mitchell, and Mary Anne Doyle will create a list of the reserved powers that the Leadership Assembly would hold for the US Federation. The first draft of these reserved powers will be reviewed at the regional gatherings in April in a fashion similar to the Hub Hop videoconference that our younger sisters have been using. This process will allow for a presentation on proposed draft reserved powers from the committee, time for regional discussion, and an ability for each region to hear from other regions. The feedback from these regional discussions will assist us as we continue to develop the reserved powers in the new structure. After revisions are made, we will hold additional video conferences for leaders to ask questions and make further recommendations.