May 26, 2020

Elections of MIA President & Vice-president

Last week, the MIA Members (Leaders) and MIA Board held their May Meetings and AGM.

The meetings were held over a number of days by video conferencing (Zoom), due to the impact of COVID-19.

The global COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to cause great suffering and sorrow in the lives of a great many people. Yet, in all this, responding to the crisis has sharpened our awareness of interconnection and effective communication for the sake of mission. New communication challenges are certainly obvious to us now as we begin our 26th year as an Association. Web-based technologies open the way to new understandings and further possibilities.

Loreto Conroy rsm (North Sydney), newly elected MIA Vice-president shares her awareness:

‘During this time of pandemic I am more aware of how we are interconnected and interdependent. MIA’s Vision had already articulated these connections. I see MIA as a “Mercy Canopy” stretching over a very large rainforest where there is a reawakening of how we relate to each other and the earth. We will carry forward these learnings through MGP which is deeply rooted in the Gospel and Catherine’s legacy.’

Pat McDermott rsm (Americas), newly elected MIA President writes:

'I’m grateful that the MIA Members will continue to collaborate with the MIA Board toward the deepening of our Vision statement to “stand with those who are displaced” and to “witness to the sacredness of all creation.”  The values of assuring human dignity and protecting our Common Home need our vigilance today more than ever.'

We thank Mary- Louise Petro rsm (Parramatta), outgoing MIA President and Philomena Bowers rsm (Great Britain Union), outgoing MIA Vice- president, for their generous service to MIA in these roles. We welcome Pat McDermott rsm (Americas) as incoming MIA president and Loreto Conroy as incoming MIA Vice-president.

Messages to: Berneice Loch rsm - CEO MIA

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