Sr. Connie Fahey is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary from St. Louis, Mo. She has ministered in a variety of health care ministries and has been educated in the fields of medical technology, administration and spiritual direction. She has worked in hospitals, the SSM Health Care System, established a hospice home care program and school of medical technology in South Carolina, and has served on her congregation’s leadership team. Currently she is ministering as a spiritual director in Janesville, Wisconsin and in Zambia, Africa.
Recently, a Global Sisters Report headline read: "Reckoning: White sisters respond to their own racism, to one historian's call for justice." The photo under the headline was of a segregated investiture ceremony in 1947 of the first five black Sisters of St. Mary (now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary).
We live a world that is widely divergent from the first-century world. It occurred to me to ask myself, “What image describes the core, the essence, the essential elements of the lived reality that is called ‘religious life’ from my own lived experience?” “What image do I carry around in my head, heart and gut?”