The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd has officially begun its virtual Intercontinental Assemblies (vICAs). There are eight of them based on geographic regions. Each vICA takes place on Zoom and lasts five days.
The first day sets context and deepens understanding of the radical transformation facing the congregation. Days 2- 4 explore Chapter topics. The final day is open to unfinished business and integration, and includes a closing ritual.
The vICAs play a critical role in preparing for the 2021 Congregational Chapter. They are grounded in the congregation’s Chapter theme Drawn by Love, Passionate for Justice, and the call to radical transformation.
The journey into the vICAs kicks off with the Congregation Chapter Planning Team’s 75-minute pre-session video with handouts. These items will be sent to PMNA in the first week of August. A second 45-minute pre-session video will follow.
The first virtual Intercontinental Assembly begins on August 24 and the last one ends on October 16.
The Province of Mid-North America has 57 Lay and Sister participants registered for its vICA September 21-25. Donna Fyffe and Sr. Catherine Schneider, OSF (Oldenberg in Indiana), will co-facilitate the PMNA vICA and guide participants through processes of restructuring. Donna and Sr. Catherine have helped many congregations throughout the world work through the process of restructuring.
According to the planning team, the purpose of the pre-sessions is to prepare our hearts for engaging in the vICA sessions and to present an overview of the significant work to be done at the Intercontinental Assembly meetings.
“All of us together are making a new path by walking it,” said Hilary Musgrave, who serves on the ritual committee for vICA.