Building upon the Strategic Plan of 2008-2012 and based on our common charism, the love of Christ urges us, and our common mission to serve those living in poverty, we, members of the Sisters of Charity Federation, commit to collaborate. This collaboration is more than joint efforts in ministry. It invites us to an appreciation of who we are as women religious so that collaboration becomes our way of life.
We understand that collaboration means never to do alone what can best be done together. It involves thinking, planning and prioritizing together. This includes our international members, Associates, and the Vincentian Family. Collaboration needs to be fluid, based on the issue and also the circumstances of each individual congregation. In setting individual congregational priorities, we will take into account our Federation commitment to collaborate. Through the experience of collaboration, for the next five years, we challenge ourselves to act as a whole.
The Sisters of Charity Federation will carry forth into the future our shared Charism as it enfleshes our Mission and Vision. This will require of us deep contemplation and prophetic action.
- To intentionally connect with national and international organizations and researchers who are actively reflecting on religious life for the future.* (see below) This is the responsibility of the elected leaders of each Federation congregation. The process will be assessed at the end of these five years of implementation.
- To work together to implement collaborative programs for persons in initial formation. This is the responsibility of CCFP in collaboration with congregational leadership and will be assessed at the 2016 Federation Meeting.
- To continue to support grassroots involvement in the activities of the Federation. All grassroots groups will make an annual report.
The Sisters of Charity Federation will effect systemic change by addressing issues of social justice for those living in poverty.
- To effect communication among congregational social justice coordinators / committees to promote collaboration. Sister Louise Lears, SC-C and Debbie Weber, SC-C Associate will convene social justice reps of the US congregations. The Maritime Project will convene the four Canadian congregations. The conveners will report on their efforts in June 2013. The NGO rep and liaisons will coordinate communication and action on international issues and will report annually.
- To implement a process for members to speak with one voice regarding issues of social justice. The social justice coordinators / committees will report at the 2014 Meeting of the Federation.
- To promote education regarding systemic change in our congregations. This is the responsibility of each congregation and will be reviewed at the Federation annual meeting and shared at the Vincentian Family Leadership meeting.
- To implement a process for linking similar ministries / activities among
Federation members in order to more effectively utilize resources and promote systemic change in ministry. The Executive Director will develop the process and report annually.
The Sisters of Charity Federation Board will establish criteria and processes for initiating a new Sisters of Charity Federation ministry.
- To establish a Board task force that will draft criteria and processes to be presented at the March 2013 Board meeting.
- To present materials at the June 2013 Annual meeting.
* These organizations include Canadian Religious Conference (CRC); Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR); National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors (NAFVD); International Union of Superiors General (UISG); National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC); Religious Formation Conference (RFC); North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR).