SINGAPORE – The Canossian family welcomed a new provincial leadership team in a simple paraliturgy on Sunday Dec 14 during which outgoing Provincial Sister Anne Tan welcomed new Provincial Leader Sister Marilyn Lim and her two Councillors, Sisters Theresa Seow (Vicar) and Geraldine Tan.
The Canossians’ XV General Chapter had called on the entire Canossian religious family to a journey of conversion that will "ensure a mentality of change that facilitates an authentic transformation in conformity with Jesus … respecting the various cultural realities in which we live and serve", said Sister Marilyn.
Her main responsibility as Provincial Leader is to be a good shepherd to the 53 Sisters that make up the province, and to network with lay partners to be agents for change in order "to create a more humanised world".
Sister Marilyn joined the Canossian Sisters in 1969 and though her passion was in the educational field she was asked to go into formation work in 1978.
She went to Rome in 1990 to be part of the International Secretariat team for six years. "That has given me a very broad vision of the universal Church and being at the hub of the Institute has provided me with a very rich experience," she said.
She returned to Singapore in 1996 where she remained until 2002, before serving in Rome again after being elected one of the General Councillors. After serving six years there, she took a short sabbatical in Australia and returned to Singapore in August this year.
"The province faces many challenges in this time of transition and change and I suppose that the Sisters are looking for someone who can continue to lead the province through this critical time,"
Sister Marilyn said. "Together, we
want to search for a more relevant
way of being religious and Canossian, yet remain faithful to the charism that has been handed on to us by our Foundress,
St. Magdalene of Canossa."
"I have great hopes for the province as we are being called to embrace new perspectives in our community life for mission," Sister Marilyn said. "We are rediscovering the joy of community as we share our life and vision more and more with our lay partners in ministry. As the Singapore population grows in age, we also want to be prepared, to be able to offer quality pastoral care to our senior citizens. The poor will always be among us and we need to have eyes to spot them out, especially the youth who are challenged by a globalised world and often become disoriented." n