KOTA KINABALU: The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) elected Paparian Sister Frances Mani, 67, to head their congregation for the next six years.
They also elected Sister Lilian Unsoh as vicaress, Sister Calista Saliun, Sister Dariah Ajap, Sister Lucy Embayan, Sister Germaine Angkangon and Sister Joan Michael as general councillors.
The election on 7 Dec 2017 came at the end of the 10th General Chapter held at Pace Bene Formation Centre Papar, presided by Archbishop John Wong.
It was preceded by a retreat from Nov 27 through Dec 3.
After the retreat, 32 delegates (30 Perpetual Professed and two Juniors) remained behind for the General Chapter on Dec 4-7. However, all the perpetual professed sisters returned for the election of the new general government on Dec 7.
A General Chapter is a special meeting of prayer and planning held at specified times by religious congregations. For the Franciscan Sisters, their General Chapters are held every six years since the Third General Chapter in 1975.
After they have a directional statement for their apostolic efforts for the next six years, they will then elect the General Government who will guide the members in their efforts.
The congregation based in Kota Kinabalu, was founded on June 16, 1936. The sisters are involved in parish work, catechetics and education.
They also manage a maternity home, homes for the elderly and for poor children, and hostels for poor students.
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