Sisters and Brothers
Re: May Council meeting
It has become clear to your officers that it is not prudent for us to proceed with our May meeting of the General Chapter of the Order of Saint Luke scheduled for May 11-13/14 in Scottsdale AZ. No one can predict the state of Covid-19 that far in the future. This uncertainty is understandably causes people to be very wary of travelling or gathering as a group. Therefore, we will cancel this Council meeting. We still intend to hold our October 12-14 retreat at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale.
The one Council agenda item that cannot be deferred is the nomination of officers for 2021-2024. After consulting with Br. French Ball, our intrepid interpreter of our constitution, we have concluded that the nominations can be handled electronically. Sr. Dianne Tobey Covault has already agreed to be the convener of our Priors and our Canons (who constitute the Nominations Committee). I will be asking her to make contact with every member of the committee to gain agreement on a slate of nominees that will then be sent to all the members of the Order for a vote this summer.
Other business of the Council can wait until our October meeting. In the meantime, the officers will confer via conference calls as needed.
If you have already expended funds for the May meeting (e.g., airplane tickets) please find out if you can cancel the tickets and get a refund from the airlines, or perhaps rebook your ticket in October for the retreat. If you have paid for tickets and the carrier will not reimburse your funds or allow you to reschedule the ticket for later, please contact Sr. Jeanette Block (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy of your receipt as quickly as possible. We do not want anyone to be financially penalized by our decision.
I am very sorry to have to make this decision, but we believe that it is the wisest choice we can make. I look forward to seeing many of you in October. In the meanwhile, stay safe and wash your hands!
Sr. Abbot Elizabeth
The Council members of the Order will gather for the Spring Council meeting beginning at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 21 through Thursday, May 23 at noon. Prior to the Council meeting, the Daily Office Revision Team (DORT) will meet on Monday, May 20. (Limited rooms are available Sunday night for the DORT team.) The meetings will be held at St. Paul of the Cross, Pittsburgh, PA.
This year’s retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15th to Thursday October 18th Our theme will be “Glimpses of Heaven: Iconography and Spirituality.” The Retreat will be held at St. Paul of the Cross, Pittsburgh, PA. Local area iconographers Michael Kapeluck and Randi Sider-Rose will be the iconographers who will discuss their creative process and the prayer/spiritual dimension of their artistic work. An add-on icon workshop with Ms. Sider-Rose will be held Thursday, October 17, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., for a reasonable additional cost. Watch for more details later this summer.
Mark your calendars and make your plans to attend this amazing retreat. A registration form will be forthcoming in the summer months, and this year we plan to accept on-line registrations and payment.
Again, the DORT team will meet the day ahead of the Retreat, Monday, October 14, if necessary, and a limited number of rooms are available Sunday night.
This year’s retreat is scheduled for October 15-18, 2018 at St. Paul of the Cross, 148 Monastery Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1498 (http://stpaulsretreatcenter-pittsburgh.org).
Our guest speaker will be Sr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, our Provincial General and Sister Margaret William McCarthy Endowed Chair of Music at Regis College in Weston, MA.
Sr. Heather will help us explore “Hymns Arising: Music & Healing in Worship.” Parts of the retreat will be drawn from her 2016 book The Reason Why We Sing (published by OSL Publications). Members of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, through their newsletter The Stanza, have been invited to attend.
The retreat will also celebrate the publication of The Lukan Book of Feasts and Holy Days. Br. Dwight Vogel will provide us with an introduction to this new OSL resource.
You can find the registration form here. Download and complete the form and send it to Br. George R. Crisp, Prior General. Registrations are due by September 21.
The 2018 OSL Retreat is scheduled for October 15-18, 2018 at St. Paul of the Cross, 148 Monastery Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Our guest speaker will be Sr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, our Provincial General and the Sister Margaret William McCarthy Endowed Chair of Music at Regis College in Weston, MA. She will help us explore how “The Music of the Church” can be a force for healing individually and congregationally, and between denominations and traditions.
Parts of the retreat will be drawn from her 2016 book The Reason Why We Sing (published by OSL Publications). Members of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, through their newsletter The Stanza, have been invited to attend. The retreat may also celebrate the publication of The Lukan Book of Feasts and Holy Days.
This is the perfect time to set aside some of your continuing education funds, professional business expenses, or personal savings for this retreat. More details and the registration form will be forthcoming in future editions of The Font.