From Monday, August 6th till Sunday, August 12th, I was in St. Louis. I went to attend a meeting of the core team of Giving Voice (an organization for younger women religious-those under 50 years of age). We planned our upcoming year's conversation topics and began seriously discussing our conference for July 2013. Plus we planned a workshop presentation and then presented it at LCWR's Innovative Practices on Tuesday. We also had an exhibit booth at the conference and were able to meet many of the 900 sisters representing various women religious groups across the United States. It was an exciting time.
I'm so proud that the LCWR is planning to speak with the Bishops about the
CDF Doctrinal Assessment in a spirit of dialogue but without compromising our
integrity and mission. For more information check out www.lcwr.org and look at the press release and
the president's closing address. Both pieces give you such a sense of what
women religious are about today and what they have been about in the present
and want to be about in the future!!
While away, I received very sad news that a classmate from the Academy of
Mount Saint Ursula was very sick and died. So sad as she is young -about 42 and
leaves behind four children, a husband and a mother. Please pray for her and
her family and friends. I was so struck though by the power of Facebook as so
much news about her was sent to me in messages through this social media
connection and so many people were asking for prayers-they wanted to make sure
that the Ursuline Sisters would pray for one of their former students. We did
pray and while it was not the miracle we hoped for; we do know God is in this
situation in some way. That is our faith.
Sunday was a special day as I was present at the perpetual profession of one of my Ursuline Sisters, Mary Beisiegel, osu. It was so nice to be there to hear Mary say Yes to God's call and to living the spirit of St. Angela Merici in all she does forever. Alleluia!!
Blessings to all for a good week!!
Sr. Jeannie Humphries, osu