We have a sense of the direction into which religious life is moving as seeds of a rich diversity are budding into a growing internationality and interculturality in religious communities in Canada and the United States.
In Our Own Words
As we receive from our elder sisters, so too we need to be willing to reverse mentor to share our gifts and skills of our youth with them. Through meaningful conversation, we can share with them what it is like to discern a vocation today.
A global sisterhood will be strengthened by the intentional living of our congregational charisms and purposeful sharing of it with each other. As younger sisters who desire to do this well, it is important for us to know the deep stories of our charisms.
NCR Podcast: Anti-trafficking efforts in Haiti; younger sisters write about realities of religious life
In Conversation - Global Sisters Report's Chris Herlinger on anti-trafficking efforts in Haiti and at the U.N.; Srs. Sarah Kohles and Susan Francois talk about their new book.
Thirteen sisters collaborated on 13 essays in a new collection, In Our Own Words, published Jan. 25 by Liturgical Press. "We're not reinventing religious life, but connecting with our experience of religious life," said Dubuque Franciscan Sr. Sarah Kohles, who edited the book with Society of the Sacred Heart Sr. Juliet Mousseau. Younger sisters want the collaboration used to write the book to be a model for religious life, where differences in congregations and leadership conferences don't create division.
With my daily devotional propped on the airplane tray, I read the collect for the day's liturgy. In a few hours, I would land in Phoenix and assemble with 32 other sisters in their 20s and 30s for our annual Giving Voice retreat.
Few women religious have written at depth about the vows in the last 10 years. This represents a desperate hole in the informational and reflection materials available for those of us who are preparing for final or first profession. So, we're doing something about it.