There is a need for congregations to grapple more deeply with interculturality as a counterpoint to the global trend toward stronger borders and nativism, one sister said.
U.S. sisters at the U.N. spoke with GSR about their challenges as Americans serving on a global stage during the Trump administration. Sisters sympathize with Americans who are soul searching during this time of deep division. Some suggest that such questions of identity may benefit the U.S. in the long term.
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the order begun by St. Katharine Drexel 127 years ago, may have found a buyer for its 44-acre motherhouse property outside Philadelphia.
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.
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.
The collaborative governance model helps congregations in need of financial and leadership assistance. The civil corporations from two or more congregations create a third corporation, which handles insurance, human resources, property management, legal issues, and all other tasks the congregations require. This frees up congregations' leadership to focus on spiritual issues.
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.
As a young woman professing first vows in 1983, Sr. Elaine Baete swallowed a fleeting thought about the future of her new congregation, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, also known as the Grey Nuns. Instead, she focused on her new vocation and the impact she hoped to make. Now, Baete takes the helm of the transition as the congregational assistant on the Grey Nuns' leadership team. She and four others make decisions about how her congregation will pare down assets and ready itself for completion.
Daughter of Wisdom Sr. Jean Quinn is executive director of UNANIMA International, a United Nations-based coalition that brings the years of experience of 22 Catholic congregations to speak to the concerns of women, children, migrants and the environment.
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