January 22

This morning after the votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, the members of the General Chapter went to the Chapter hall, sang the Veni Creator and then went on to the election procedures.

Sr. Miriam Altenhofen was elected as the new Congregational Leader and she said yes to the commitment of leading the Congregation for the next six years. Sr. Maria Theresia Hörnemann greeted her with a bouquet of flowers and all the Chapter members applauded.

Sr. Miriam thanked the floor and shared about her discernment and hopes. She shared that it was not easy to accept such a major role, but that the memory of her final vows and the commitment she made to God brought her peace and serenity.

After the election, the Capitulars gathered together to felicitate Sr Miriam with songs, refreshments and greetings.

Sr. Miriam was elected a General Councilor at the previous General Chapter in 2014. She is German, made her first vows in 1984 and her perpetual vows in 1990. She studied Pastoral Theology and has a Master’s degree in Psychology.

She was in Botswana as a missionary, worked in formation, workshops, as a facilitator and also in therapeutic accompaniment. From 2004 to 2013 she was the provincial leader of the Province of Germany. Besides her native language she speaks English, Spanish and Italian. As a general councilor, in recent years she has helped as facilitator in various international events, including the latest General Chapter of the SVD and that of many other congregations.