LCUSA Installation of Officers

From Vincentian Encyclopedia

Installation of Officers

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord. R. Who made heaven and earth. V. The Lord be with you. R. And also with you.

You have been elected as officers to lead Ladies of Charity... for the next two years. Recalling St. Paul’s words that there is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit, and reflecting in your heart on the gifts you have been given, will you willingly share those gifts for the building up of the Ladies of Charity of the United States of America, practicing the virtues of humility, simplicity and charity which are characteristic of all Ladies of Charity?

Response: (We will)

President: (Name), just as Christ is the light of the world so shall you light the way. Will you preside at meetings, lead and guide to the best of your ability? (I will) [Light candle]

Vice President-President Elect: {Name), just as Christ is the light of the world so shall you light the way. Will you support and assist the president, preside at meetings in place of the president, if needed, and observe and plan for your term of office as president? (I will) [Light candle]

Secretaries: (Name), just as Christ is the light of the world so shall you light the way. Will you maintain records of attendance and proceedings of meetings and events to the best of your ability? (I will) [Light candle]

Treasurer: (Name), just as Christ is the light of the world, so shall you light the way. Will you act as custodian of the funds of Ladies of Charity at St. John’s University reporting accurately on the use of these funds at each meeting to the best of your ability? (I will) [Light candle]

Committee Chairs: (Names), just as Christ is the light of the world, so shall you light the way in the efforts and projects of your committees. Will you plan carefully, communicate effectively and be responsive to the needs of your associates as they offer services? (I will) (Light candle)

With the honor bestowed upon you is the responsibility to serve others. Having stated that you are ready to assume the challenges of the next two years, may you be mindful of the mission of the Ladies of Charity to provide Vincentian leadership to women acting together against poverty. May you serve the needs of the poor in the spirit of our founders, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. May your journey be smooth as you walk the path traveled by those who preceded you. May you have the courage to seek out ways to continue to serve our brothers and sisters in need. May God, whose love is never ending, guide you always with his gentleness and may each of you experience the peace, joy and love of God in your hearts. AMEN

May the blessing of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be upon you and remain with you forever. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN