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.
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?
GSR Today: The United Nations celebrates the International Day of Happiness on March 20 and World Poetry Day on March 21. I recently celebrated both of them a little early.
GSR Today - This is the third set of compiled reports from sisters working at or near the border who have written of the need caused by a recent influx of migrants unrelated to the caravan, and the plight of those seeking asylum.