Our USW Provincial Assembly/Chapter was held on Wednesday, February 16 at the Divine Word Residence in Riverside CA from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. It was followed by Mass with Fr Xavier as celebrant and Fr Jon who con-celebrated with Fr Alan, the Residence Rector. The Mass was followed by a social and a delicious meal catered by our resident chef, Fr Melvin James.
Fr Xavier’s inspired, gentlemanly visit brought new life to our province. Many positive and encouraging things came out of the Visitation and the Chapter. Our combined province Assembly and Chapter was for many of us the first time to come together for over two years. The Covid crisis has had a powerful effect on our individual lives, our ministries, and our community life. Fifty-one of us coming together (out of Fifty-five locally available) after such a long period has helped us to see how much we really need each other, and a resolution was passed that we get together on a regular basis to share, to recreate and to pray in our separate districts. While maintaining the best measures to keep ourselves safe, we will not allow Covid to separate us again.