News from TEXLA – March 2018

The first meeting of TEXLA was held at the Dubois Conference Center at the Villa de Matel in Houston, TX on March 10, 2018. This was an introductory meeting to discuss the formation, structure, and vision for our Regional Chapter.

Janet Mayorga, CCVI Associate and co-chair, facilitated the meeting. Joan Cordes, co-chair, was unable to attend due to illness. Sister Deenan Hubbard, Director of Associates of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Houston, (CCVI) welcomed all to the Villa de Matel and gave the opening prayer.

All attendees were asked to introduce themselves and to include a short summary of their congregation, charism and what drew them to become an Associate.

Seven Congregation or Associate representatives were present:

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Houston, TX

Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, Houston, TX

Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, Victoria, TX

Missionary Carmelites of St. Teresa, Houston, TX

Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Houston, TX

Religious of the Sacred Heart, Houston, TX

Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, MN (in absentia)

Thirty-five participants attended. In addition, there were several other congregations, including those from El Paso, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi that expressed an interest in TEXLA and wish to be informed of all future meetings.

For our discussion, all were asked to join a table separate from their own congregational/associate group. In summary, the groups provided the following as to what was most important in furthering the development of TEXLA.

  • Sharing of our strengths, information resources and programs with others.
  • Improve knowledge and awareness
  • Inspire new ideas/ministries
  • Develop a vision statement
  • Continued spiritual growth

It was agreed that our future organizational structure should be comprised of a representative(s) from each associate congregation within the TEXLA region.

Suggestions for future meetings would include a full weekend once or twice a year. All communications will be done electronically.

Attendees were given an opportunity to visit the Heritage Center and the Villa main chapel. Sister Deenan invited all to attend the annual CCVI Gathering at the Villa de Matel August 17,18,19th. A breakout time would be allotted for all who wish to attend a TEXLA meeting. Details will be forthcoming.

Sharon Ettinoffe, Associate of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, gave the final blessing.

We are delighted at your response and the presence of all those who were able to attend. Looking forward to many years of sharing and collaboration!

Blessings and Peace,

Janet Mayorga, Associate
Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Houston
Joan Cordes, Cojourner
Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, MN

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