The June 12-16 forum by the Given Institute brought together diverse people with the common goal of empowering young women to invest their talents in leading initiatives in the Catholic Church. The participants, ranging from ages 21 to 30, developed individual mission plans as they worked together with a group of 25 laywomen mentors and 50 religious sisters.
It's clear that communion between the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious is crucial for the future of religious life in the U.S. — and young sisters think they just might the generation called to bring that to fruition.
We are called to be sowers of seeds and to remember the power of small, sown seeds. Several weeks after the UISG assembly in Rome, I carry with me strong images from our gathering, of events that exemplify small actions that begin to change landscapes of impossible situations.
In the Bay Area, four millennials in their early 30s became the first of the Nuns and Nones group to try out a residency program, temporarily living in a convent to witness and share in a spiritually grounded community life. At the Mercy Center, "a place where you couldn't escape spiritual wisdom," sisters and seekers learned from each other.
I have no doubt that the many forms of membership in our congregations will (and do) play a monumental part in the lives of religious congregations into the future. Yet, for all the hope these forms present, the cultivation and preservation of vowed membership must not be lost.
A Good Death, Part 1 - When it comes to death and dying, sisters bring eternal hope, humor and a well-organized file folder ... just in case. Interviews with sisters in a variety of communities suggest that many bring a bracingly practical, even matter-of-fact approach to preparing for the inevitable.
A new book published by CARA looks at the experiences of women religious who come to the United States to work. The book included results from a survey of nearly 1,000 immigrant sisters.
In address to Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University graduates, CEO of Catholic Health Association faults imperialism rather than clericalism in church abuse and cover-up crisis. Daughter of Charity Sr. Carol Keean said, "The incredible message of God's love for each of us, the wonders of his plan for each of us individually and as a people risks being completely drowned out. "
Catholic religious orders in Germany have set up an inquiry into sexual abuse in their monasteries and convents, following claims that abuse occurred in more than half of all monastic communities.
A recent Instagram post earned supermodel Gigi Hadid nearly a half a million likes, but it wasn't a photo of herself or of the latest fashion trend. It was a quote from Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister on the importance of being more broadly pro-life, not just "pro-birth."
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