A Roamin’ Catholic Reflects on Itinerancy

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

This week our Ministry of Welcome – Vocations and Formation teams are meeting to review our year and to plan for the future.  We’re taking time out from our usual schedule to step back and take a long loving look at where God is calling us to focus our time, energy, and enthusiasm.

As we do this, I am also preparing to move to Connecticut in a few weeks.  I’ll be reopening our Vocation office in New Haven and becoming a member of our House of Welcome community.

This requires me once again to embrace the reality of the itinerant nature of my life and my commitment.

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Career Passion and Appreciation Growing from the Inner Attitude

Blog by Sr. Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP
Blog by Sr. Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP

I used to think religious life was only a life of praying and serving people and certainly didn’t involve science.  But then, I accepted a job in the scientific research field as a research assistant three months before I entered religious life in 2000. Eight years later as a religious sister, I still worked in research and felt that research work was boring and wasted my time and energy.  I believed I should put my energy and time into helping people, and I felt guilty that I was not doing that.  Many times I wanted to quit doing research. I was like Jonah in the Bible trying not to be the messenger of God to the people of Nineveh (Jonah 1).

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Seagulls, Geese and the Hazards of Multicultural Living

Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP

How do you get along with those who think and act differently from you?

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at our lake house in Columbus, Ohio.  The weather was beautiful, and I was so excited when I saw not only the usual geese and deer, but also the arrival of seagulls.  I had not seen seagulls in Columbus before, and I thought this was incredible. Continue reading →

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Discernment: Finding Your Way to Clarity

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

What is the best decision you have ever made? How did you know? What is the worst decision you have ever made? Do you have any insights about what happened in the discernment of these decisions? There’s a pretty good chance that the difference was in the discernment process – or the lack of discernment – in the decision making process. Continue reading →

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Discernment

Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Frederick Buechner

This week, Srs. Pat Dual, Cathy Arnold and I had the honor of giving a short program on Discernment to the youth and young adult ministers for the Diocese of Columbus, OH. While preparing for this program I had ample time to reflect on my own discernment journey – its ups and downs and some of the companions I met on my journey. Continue reading →

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