Last night we had the opening of the North American Ursuline Convocation in Louisville, Kentucky. The theme of the tri-annual conference is A Radical Response in the Evolving World: Re-Imagining Angela's Charism. There are over 180 vowed religious, associates, collaborators, and friends in attendance. As we began last night we did so in prayer to ignite the "Holy Fire" within us, Each congregation's name was called and sisters, co-workers, and associates came forward with their lighted candles and placed them on the table in the front as the congregational charism or mission statement was proclaimed. It was an extraordinary event when the fifteen different congregations were called forward. After we prayed and had time for sharing we had a social to renew acquaintances and meet new friends.
This morning we had a wonderful, spirit-filled presentation by Sandra Schneiders, IHM. As she spoke we had the opportunity to reflect on two questions: 1) What am I hearing that challenges me to re-imagine Angela's charism as a legacy for the future? and 2) What radical response am I being called to in our evolving world? I am grateful for her insights and thoughts and look forward to reflecting more on her words. It has been a very nice experience so far!
Pat Schifini, OSU
Candles representing those in attendance!