SSMO Chapter Meeting Elects New Leaders and Sets Direction for Next Five Years

Following months of preparation, prayer, and contemplation, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon came together for their Chapter Meeting this week. The Sisters elected new leaders and approved a direction statement to guide the Community for the next five years.

The new SSMO Leadership, who will be installed formally in June are: Sr. Michael Francine Duncan, Superior General, Sr. Denise Klaas, Vicar General, Sr. Sara Goggin, General Councilor; and Sr. Rita Watkins, General Councilor. 

Pictured left to right: Sr. Rita Watkins, Sr. Sara Goggin, Sr. Michael Francine Duncan, Sr. Denise Klaas

Through prayerful consideration and evaluation of their community life and ministry, the Sisters worked together to approve a direction statement to guide the Community through the next five years. Work on the statement began at the Sisters’ Community Days in August and the statement was drafted by Sr. Catherine Hertel, Sr. Sara Goggin and Sr. Colleen Schmitt.

Women of Vision: Welcoming All with Compassion and Joy

We, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, 
in order to live a more vibrant communal life, 
commit ourselves to an ever deeper living 
of our charism and mission.
 
Guided by the Spirit, we strive to build authentic relationships 
of trust with one another.
 
In gratitude for our diversity of gifts, 
we encourage opportunities 
to recognize, develop, and utilize the unique talents and skills of each Sister.
 
As witnesses to the Gospel in our current times, 
we embrace technology and other creative means 
to respond to the Church’s mission 
of social justice and care for the vulnerable.
 
As good stewards of God’s gift of our sacred space, 
we assess and enhance the Motherhouse and properties 
to reflect our values of hospitality, sustainability, and care for our Sisters.

The Chapter meeting took place amid extraordinary circumstances that no one could have envisioned only a few weeks ago. The Sisters adapted and conducted their meeting using Zoom. The Sisters concluded their Chapter meeting on Saturday, March 28. The next Chapter meeting will take place in 2025.