BRAIN FOOD - Matters for the mind to chew on - Unlikely managers/Mother General, Tyburn Convent, Bayswater, London.
Name Mother Mary Xavier
When did you become a manager? In 1973, when the community elected me Mother General.
What does management mean to you? I think of my position as a service to the group. That service is to animate and give advice to the various communities and individual members. We have six communities in different countries so it's a kind of service for the unity of the whole group, keeping us on course in our tradition in the service of the church and the whole human family.
There is a quite a lot of visiting different monasteries in various countries and sharing the daily life of each community as animator and encourager.
I also oversee the admission and training of new members during their five-year attainment period and I am responsible for the appointment of posts such as prioresses and their councils in other communities.
Then there are community affairs and the financial administration of the whole Tyburn order that must be monitored and approved.
What do you love/hate about it? I love knowing and encouraging the nuns.
I don't find anything disagreeable, though sometimes there can be a bit of pressure when everything happens at once.