GSR Today - Global Sisters Report talked to Sr. Pat Murray, executive secretary of UISG, Sr. Teresa Maya, president of LCWR, and Sr. Joan-Marie Steadman, executive director of LCWR, as part of our annual planning process for topics to cover in the coming year. "It's not about numbers. We're learning in this process that we are enough for the Gospel," Maya said.
Global Sisters Report recently held a discussion with Loreto Sr. Pat Murray, , executive secretary of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG); Incarnate Word Sr. Teresa Maya, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR); and Holy Cross Sr. Joan-Marie Steadman, executive director of LCWR, on topics related to the global sisterhood and the outlook for 2018 and beyond. Below is an edited version of that conversation.
GSR Today - In the Philippines, I was surprised by Filipinos' ways of celebrating Christmas, Advent and All Saints' and All Souls' Days. All Souls' Day, which in our Western culture is a solemn time to remember our deceased loved ones, was a festive celebration. I was glad to join in this new experience.
GSR Today: As Sr. Joan Chittister told us at the recent Fourth International Oblate Congress in Rome, Oblates "are not meant to simply be consumers of the Benedictine tradition. You are meant to be carriers of the tradition. You are the future of the order."
The Life - New roles. Social analysis. Diversification. Growth and decline. Collaboration. Freedom. Widened horizons. The Life panelists discuss the creative ways the ministries of their congregations are evolving and how they are moving to ministries of presence, empowerment and systemic change — yet in all their ministries, they see the persistence of their charism.
Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Mary Johnson and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sandra Schneiders told the Religious Formation Conference that the structure of religious formation needs to be reimagined. The heart of their proposal is a process that includes graduate-level theology, with novices in intercongregational programs.
The present and future of religious life must always be focused on the ministry of encounter, speakers told members of the Religious Formation Conference at their annual national congress Nov. 17-18 in Milwaukee.
GSR Today - For many at the recent delegates' meeting of International Union of Superiors General, this was a new encounter with the worldwide scope of sisterhood. What was remarkable to me about the gathering was the true sense of shared purpose.
UISG meeting in the Philippines - The Council of Delegates meeting of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Manila focused on the theme of "building community in an intercultural world."
Religious congregations from all over the world gathered in Chicago to explore how to overcome unconscious biases permeating their orders, during a conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life. Speakers cautioned that interculturality, how those from different cultures relate to one another, may be an existential matter for religious life.
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