Written on: October 28, 2015
When this picture was taken, the Sisters weren’t fully sure of where they were headed, but knew the end of life at the Motherhouse was quickly approaching. The last of the approximately 50 Sisters headed to Redeemer-Lafayette in Northeast Philadelphia will move at the beginning of November. Sisters seeking affordable housing are still awaiting a final decision on their location.
It’s always sad to leave home.
When home is also the place where you learned to become who you are; where you celebrated friends and mentors into eternal life; where you marked life’s triumphs large and small, including significant Jubilee celebrations, the pain is acute.
When you are a Catholic Sister, you enter into a life guided by three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience. One of the aspects of poverty is to “own nothing.” The reality of that vow is taking on new significance in the lives of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart.
The religious vow of poverty provides a sense of freedom. Moving to Redeemer-Lafayette has freed the Sisters to learn new things and meet new people. It has also drawn them closer together as a unit.
They are collectively “the new kids on the block” and are being greeted with joy and curiosity.
What a gift at 70 or 80 years young to make new friends and be able to share the joy of a vocation to Religious Life with people, many of whom are from different religious traditions!
In this month of “Pilgrims” the GNSH are once again traveling a new path and discovering new lands of welcome with gratitude and thanksgiving for God’s Providence.