“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 →
Having been invited to represent the Dominican Sisters of Peace at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in the Indianapolis Conference Center, I had no idea what I would encounter.
As a representative of our congregation, I became a “team member” of a group of six Catholic sisters, which included Franciscan and St Joseph sisters from Pennsylvania. While some congregations rented tables to display information about their congregation, we were part of a new feature setup by the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) office in a large conference room which was listed as the “Inspiration Nook,” right next to the main chapel. Teams of six religious sisters, brothers and priests working for vocations could register to make “The Nook” their “home place,” displaying congregational information on the tables that were along the walls in this room. Continue reading →
You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “when one door closes, another door opens.” But what happens when you’re the one who closes the door on others and others await the door’s reopening? Recently, I announced to a group, where I’ve been handling many administrative tasks (budget, grants, publicity, and communications) on a volunteer basis for several years, that I would be stepping down from these roles. Although it is never easy to make such announcements, change and transitions are inevitable in this life and we have to adjust to the seasons of life that come our way. None of us are indispensable but we can leave others with affirmations of their goodness and hopes for renewed growth. I trust and have faith that by listening to the Spirit that guides us, new life can happen. Continue reading →
OK, so maybe my need to include everyone as often as possible, and to offer as many choices as possible is not always helpful or practical, but I feel a need today to say both Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy St. Joseph’s Day (March 19). I have been told that sometimes in the convent some Sisters of different ethnic groups felt left out when the major ethnic celebration was the “Wearing of the Green.” Continue reading →
This Sunday, marks the beginning of our last week of the Lenten season, leading us into the journey of Holy Week. It hardly seems that just a few short weeks ago, I began another annual Lenten journey – receiving the ashen mark of my faith on the forehead and deciding how I might personally mark this season of prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving. Probably, this last week of Lent is a time that each of us might look back to recall if our Lenten journey was what we had hoped for this year, or did we fall short of our expectation or goal? Personally, I know there have been times when I have reached this point during Lent and think, “next year I will do better.” But an amazing Lenten grace from God is to realize that because of Love, our failings can be forgiven and we can begin anew – today. Continue reading →