Written on: June 30, 2015
During the Year for Consecrated Life, Congregations were asked to highlight their lives of Consecration in a variety of ways, such as offering special programs, hosting an Open House, organizing a special Service Project, etc… The theme of Consecrated Life has been emphasized with the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart beginning with the distribution of a candle to each Sister in February, within the theme of the Annual Women’s Retreat in March and through a series of afternoon conversations which were held at the Motherhouse for the Sisters. Plans are being formulated for a Service Project sometime in the Fall, hopefully to coincide with the birthday of St. Marguerite.
We urge you to continue to invite your family and friends to learn more about Religious life today. One way to do this is to encourage them to attend a program from The National Religious Vocation Conference in conjunction with the GHR Foundation and four Universities, a half-day program titled, Today’s Catholic Sisters. Who they are. Why we need them is designed with interested laity in mind. Presenters will be Sisters Mary Johnson, SSNDdeN and Patricia Wittberg, SC along with Dr. Mary Gautier, from CARA. The program will be offered in San Antonio, TX, River Forest, IL, Immaculata, PA and Los Angeles, CA.
In order to chose a lifestyle as radical as Consecrated Life, young adults and their parents need to understand what the lifestyle is truly about and how it is lived today. Sharing the story of Consecrated Life, it’s challenges and rewards, is a wonderful way to do this and we hope you will take every opportunity to do so. As we all journey into the new, we hope you will continue to be ambassadors of this very special calling to ministry in the world and for the Church.