Michele Morek is an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, Kentucky. She joined GSR in January 2017 as liaison to women religious and organizations in North America. She holds a doctorate in biology from the University of Notre Dame and worked for many years as a professor and administrator at the college/university level. She also served for 14 years in congregational leadership positions, including six years as community leader. Her most recent position was as coalition coordinator of UNANIMA International, a religious nongovernmental organization at the United Nations.
GSR Today: We are grateful for our readers, our staff and our abundance of good columnists. As a Thanksgiving gift, we have gone to our treasury of good columns and selected a few to share with you.
GSR Today - I was expecting chants, picket signs and women with attitude at the "Women of the Church" conference. I couldn't have been more wrong.
At our recent convocation, we Ursuline sisters, associates and friends heard from Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya, who gave us a new way of thinking about charism. For each congregation, she said, there is a founding call. Then, as need finds us, there is an apostolic response to that call. Charism happens in the present moment of the dialog between the two.
GSR Today - As a group, millipedes have survived mass extinctions that killed off dominant organisms like trilobites and dinosaurs. Will our smaller individual religious community groups similarly last for millennia?