Assistants General elected at Chapter

Posted on: October 21, 2016 4:30 pm

Left to right: Sr. Marie So-Wha, Sr. Maria Nonata, Sr. Mary Kristin, Sr. Mary Sreeja, Sr. Mary Kathleen, and Sr. Mary Ann with the Coesfeld Cross.

On October 21, 2016, the general chapter elected assistants general. The general chapter determines the number of assistants and chose to elect the following five sisters. Together with Sr. Mary Kristin Battles, superior general, these make up the leadership team of the worldwide Sisters of Notre Dame. 

Sister Mary Sreeja Chittilappilly

Sister Mary Sreeja is a member of the Patna Province, India and serves as the Mission Coordinator on the General Council since 2010. Sister was born in 1955 and made her first vows in 1978. Sister served as provincial of the Patna Province from 2004 – 2010 when she was elected for her first term in general government. Sister has ministered in social work and as a missionary in her province since 1982. She looks forward to serving the Congregation in a second term on the General Government.

Sister Mary Ann Culpert

Sister Mary Ann is a member of the Toledo Province, U.S.A. and serves as the President of Notre Dame Academy since 2005. Sister was born in 1957 and made her first vows in 1979. She has served as a council member and the Director of Education in her home province. Sister Mary Ann has ministered as teacher and principal in elementary and secondary schools since 1981. She looks forward to serving the Congregation on the General Council.

Sister Marie So-Wha Kwak

Sister Marie So-Wha is a member of the Incheon Province, South Korea and serves as the webmaster of the Congregational website as well as the I.T. person for the Generalate/Motherhouse. Sister was born in 1967 and made her first vows in 1995. Prior to coming to Rome, Sister served in the Incheon Province as provincial secretary and a teacher. Sister has studied in Kettering, England as well as lived and taught in the Thousand Oaks Province. Sister is looking forward to serving the whole Congregation as a Council member in General Government.

Sister Mary Kathleen Burns

Sister Mary Kathleen is a member of the Thousand Oaks Province, U.S.A. and serves as the postulant director for her province and a catechetical instructor. She was born in 1961 and made her first vows in 1982. Sister served as the novice director in the U.S. National Novitiate from 1998 -2015. She studied in Rome receiving a License in Spiritual Theology (STL). She looks forward to serving the Congregation in her new ministry as a councilor in General Government.

Sister Maria Nonata de Aguiar Bezerra

Sister Maria Nonata is a member of the Passo Fundo Province, Brazil and serves as the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Coordinator for the Congregation since July 2016. Sister was born in 1963 and made first vows in 1984. Prior to coming to Rome she ministered in Acre as coordinator of pastoral, catechesis, and in child pastoral. Sister Maria Nonata is excited to bring her passion for JPIC to the Congregation in her ministry as a member of the General Council.

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