The Asia Pacific Circle held its annual meeting from 30 April – 2 May in Yangon, Myanmar. In welcoming the participants Sr Regina Htoo Htoo drew attention to the historic nature of the gathering – the first that has been held since the relaxation of government policies.
From left: Sabina Pathrose, Theresa Symons, Marie Jean Bae, Joan Lopez, Monica Walsh, Regina Htoo Htoo, Therese Meera Mathew, Lilly Devasia Kunnanattu, Chatarina Supatmiyati, Regina Kuizon
Sadly the political tensions in Sri Lanka prevented Sr Francine Muthugala from attending. Ill health meant that the two co-facilitators (Anne Dalton and Laurina Loh) were also absent. Sr Bridget Paily who had been visiting the sisters and projects in Myanmar also experienced ill health and was an Apology.
Sr Lilly Devasia Kunnanattu represented the Congregational Leadership Team at the gathering.
Ms Theresa Symons presented the report from the Asia Pacific Integration Committee which replaces the former Core Teams on Partnership, Spirituality and Justice and Peace. The APC members welcomed the Integration Committee Report and look forward to its implementation in the Units.
The final report from the Partnership Team and a summary of its good work over ten years was received with thanks. Each Unit Leader has a pdf file of a booklet which summarises the work and achievements of the Partnership Team.
Theresa Symons gave a report on the work of the Asia Pacific Mission Development Office. Theresa also spoke of the 10 year Anniversary of the Good Shepherd International Foundation, celebrated in Rome in April. At the celebration special mention was made of the contribution of the late Sr Susan Chia and of the Province of Singapore/Malaysia.
Plans were made to have a handover meeting between outgoing and incoming Unit Leaders in July 2020 combined with an Assembly for Congregational Chapter delegates prior to the Intercontinental Assemblies (ICAs).
The Yangon Community hosted the APC members to a cultural presentation, Mass and supper one evening.
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