Sr. Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and part of her congregation’s formation team, serving women who are discerning their vocation. Along with another Franciscan Sister, she co-founded The Fireplace, an intentional community and house of hospitality on Chicago's South Side that offers spiritual support to artists and activists. She has a master's degree in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union and is a certified spiritual director and secondary teacher. As a creative writer, educator, retreat presenter and speaker, she is passionate about exploring the intersection of creativity, spirituality, activism and community life. Her work can be found in publications such as America, Living Faith Catholic Devotional, Global Sisters Report and St. Anthony Messenger. She blogs and podcasts at She is @JuliaFSPA on Twitter

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Easter questions, learning new ways to be together amid vaccine divisions

Horizons - Between the lines of the Easter narrative engrained in my heart is a story I'd rather not tell — a story made up of agonizing questions and the intensities of death and division.

Hope in hard times is an element of our prophetic vocation

Horizons - As people of prayer and service, we go into dire circumstances and insist that God's goodness will be triumphant — all situations have potential. It may seem foolish, but that's the point.

Democracy is collapsing, but let's imagine how the church could change that

Horizons - I'm afraid the war has already started. We've sorted ourselves into echo-chambers online and in real life and succumbed to a mentality that our disagreements make us enemies. The good news is that we have a formula to move forward.

'Sister Act' put me on a path to finding my own voice

Horizons - "Sister Act," which came out in 1992, has been part of the soundtrack to my life since I first watched the film, when I was around 11 or 12 years old. I watched it again after a long time, and I noticed how deeply the sisters care for each other — the loyalty and affection are deep. The communal bonds are transformative.