“Press on in His Footprints” was the theme of the Third General Chapter held by our community from January 14 -18, 2008, in Prayer Town, Texas.
A General Chapter is a periodic gathering of a religious community aimed at preserving the charism of the institute and its proper renewal, as well as electing its governing body
On Friday morning, January 18, Most Rev. John W. Yanta, Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Amarillo, Texas, Rev. John Keane, SA, and Rev. Ronald Matthews, their Chaplain, concelebrated Mass for the Sisters. After the Mass, Bishop Yanta presided over the election of the Superior General, and Father Keane, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, was also present. The members of the General Council were elected in the afternoon.
Mother Lucy Lukasiewicz, originally from Nebraska, was elected for a second term as the Superior General of the congregation, and the members of the General Council include the Vicar General Sister Juliana Gapasin, and councilors Sister Bernadette Beamsley, Sister Rita D’Souza, and Sister Cecilia Bushnell.
The General Council, which at present is a multi-cultural group, aids the Superior General in making decision that affect the whole institute.
Sister Juliana Gapasin, originally from the Philippines, has served at the mission houses that the Sisters used to have in Lubbock, Texas, and Alexandria, Louisiana; and her most recent assignment at the Motherhouse was as Vocations Directress.
Sister Bernadette Beamsley, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, via Chicago, Illinois, was Superior General before Mother Lucy’s election in 2002, and presently is the Formation Directress of novices. She has been re-elected to the Council along with Sister Rita D’Souza for her second full term. Sister Rita, originally from India, has worked for the last few years in setting up the DLJC development office, along with Sister Cecilia Bushnell, who also was elected to the Council. Sister Cecilia is originally from New Mexico, and was Sister Bernadette’s Vicar General from 1996-2000.
The Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ wish to thank all those who have supported them in so many ways. The Third General Chapter has certainly been a grace-filled time of renewal and inspiration; a time to hear God’s call as a community and a re-starting point to, with ever-greater zeal, “press on in His footprints.”