In September 2020, the USA Region had begun a search for a Lay Collaborator for SMR USA Region members. We did this because we, like many other religious congregations of women, our international congregation, Sisters of Mary Reparatrix, including our United States Region, though vibrant and committed, is becoming older and fewer in number. To meet the needs of our members and the Region itself, we created a new statute to guide our governance which includes a new position for a Lay Collaborator and an International Collaborator.
We are very pleased to share that our search led to an adjustment of our original plan. In 2021, we hired a part-time Lay Collaborator, Connie Fitzgerald, and also engaged a Consultant, Dorothy Ritter.
These women will work closely with our Region Leadership Team, Sister Veronica Blake and Sister Ann Kasparek. The Lay Collaborator responsibilties will be both pastoral and administrative and will be developed and determined as life unfolds. The Consultant will be assisting the Lay Collaborator, especially with medical or pastoral issues.
Sister Julie Buckley from Ireland was appointed to serve as our International Collaborator. She will participate in Region Zoom conversations as much as possible and collaborate with our Region Leadership Team as needed.
Please pray with us that this ‘new beginning’ will allow us to continue to live that our to the best of our abilties in the years ahead.