GNSHAssociates Meet

Written on: January 17, 2018

Our Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart Associates meet monthly, on the second Saturday, in the Philadelphia area. Since the move from the Yardley Motherhouse, they have been meeting at one of the locations where many of our Sisters now reside, Holy Redeemer Lafayette.

On Saturday, January 13, nine Associates, 2 guests and twelve Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart met to pray together, reflect, learn and plan.

The meeting began with introductions and shared prayer intentions. The opening prayer, The Queens Came Late, was based on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The Reflection/Learning portion of the meeting consisted of reading and reflecting on  Marguerite’s Gifts and Life Experiences~Justice. In a practice of Contemplative Dialogue, the group shared instances of justice and injustice which occurred in their lives.

One of the Associates shared her knowledge of early employee/employer laws, the labor movement and the appalling conditions in which people worked. She mentioned that, during the onset of change, priests became known as ‘labor priests‘; the priests organized employees to stand up for their rights as workers.

Saint Marguerite D’Youville, also, persuaded government officials. With no help from Church hierarchy, she advocated and cared for the underprivileged of the community in which she resided. St. Marguerite remains an example of practicing and promoting justice for others.

The Women’s March in Washington DC is scheduled on Saturday, January 21; coinciding with the March, there will be a rally in Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Advocacy is also a way we can make our voices heard as women of conscience and faith.

Other items of interest:

  • The Associates serve at St. John Hospice once a month and volunteers are always needed.
  • A film entitled Human Flow is a documentary about immigration and the fact that 65 million people had to relocate due to migration, human trafficking, etc. The film will be presented in the Acme Screening Room, 25 South Union Street, Lambertville, NJ, Sunday, January 21 at 6:00 PM; tickets are $8.
  •  Associates will tour the new offices and archives of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart on Monday February 5, 2018.
  • Lenten reflectionFr. James Martin, S.J. will be speaking in Whitehouse, NJ on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 PM. All are encouraged to register and attend.
  • Suggestions for ongoing support of local charities such as Saints Joseph/Francis Home for Children. What might we do to continue a supportive relationship with this organization and others?  A suggestion was made to donate to specific causes such as Saints Joseph and Vincent Home for Children, AWE (Asylee Women Enterprise), SOIL (Sustainable, Organic Integrated Livelihoods), etc.
  • New Associate Brochure – the new Associate brochure was distributed to the Associates with suggestions for how it could be shared with others.

Upcoming Associates Retreat:
A very important contemplative, interactive, retreat for Associates is being planned. Save the dates! March 24 or May 12. We are asking that people consider the following questions in preparation for the retreat:

1. How do we, as Associates, see ourselves?
2. For the Sisters, how do the Sisters see us?
3. What are the Sisters’ inspirations? The Sisters are encouraged to share their experiences.By doing so, they can motivate Associates in further connecting to St. Marguerite and the mission.
4. Who are the Associates now, who are they becoming, how are they getting there?
5. How can Associates do in the best interest of living of St. Marguerite’s charism in daily life?

Closing prayer, shared by Sr. Diane, was an excerpt from Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly: Prayers for Peace and Justice by Edward F. Gabriele.

We welcome new members to join our current Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart Associates. If you are interested, please contact Sister Diane Bardol for more information.

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