Linda Romey is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania. She is the community's web developer/designer and does marketing for Monasteries of the Heart, Benetvision and the Erie Benedictines. She is a former marketing and advertising manager for the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company. Prior to entering the Erie Benedictines, she worked seven years in Colombia, partially under the aegis of the Denver Archdiocese. She holds a bachelor's degree in theology from Rockhurst University and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.
Religious life thought it could go on in a system that was sick — patriarchy. But the crisis in religious life has brought home how important it is to work for a healthy church and society.
The online gathering "Being Benedictine in the 21st Century " brought together vowed members, oblates, volunteers, staff and others who see monastic spirituality as a vital source of healing for an unsettled world.
The often unrecorded and seldom recognized history of women religious is a legacy that continues to benefit church and society. We are the fruit of their courageous and unstoppable mission to follow Jesus.
Teaching our hearts to love is an adult task. It means I am responsible for what I pay attention to, what I teach my heart so that my choices are informed and loving. I recently spent a week on the Texas/Mexico border where my heart had a chance to test what it loves.