Our Marian shrine

Notes from the Field - My housemate Lindsey and I set out to pursue the promise of a free buffet dinner at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. On account of a modest stipend, we often go out of our way for free food, but what I found there became much more than that.

Justice, canon law, restoration: How do sisters heal after transgressions?

When it comes out that vowed religious have committed a crime and brought scandal to themselves, their order and the Catholic Church, not only do community members at issue need healing, but the relationships within the community do, as well. Issues can even become a call for renewal and commitment to the value of religious life for the whole community.

Speaker: Only way forward is to allow Christ 'to come in, encounter us'

If pastoral leaders want to be "prophetic disciples" who call others into a closer relationship with Christ, they must first experience Christ's presence in their own lives, Sr. Miriam James Heidland told more than 1,000 attendees of the Mid-Atlantic Congress Feb. 15 in Baltimore.