Written on: February 1, 2018
“The generations need each other. Young people seek heroes to look up to and aspire toward. Older folk need the fresh eye, courage, and idealism of newcomers at the table of decision-making. When we work together across generations, we take our surest steps into a future of hope. Elders like Simeon and Anna still haunt sacred places, waiting on God to fulfill old promises. Young families continue to present themselves, bearing their joys and uncertainties. This happy intersection is both consolation and challenge. Let’s find out together what it means to be church!” Take Five for Faith
This quote summed up much of what has been done with the Ambassador Program and also with other initiatives being put forth that overlap with Communications, Vocation Ministry, our Lay Associates and Social Media.
Most recently, a request came from Sr. Eileen Spanier, GNSH for Sisters to write to students who will go on the “Give Your Heart Away Weekend” from the schools in North Carolina. These letters will provide encouragement to the students to continue their good works.
A meeting of the Communications core committee (Sr. Mary Elizabeth Looby, Eileen Dickerson and Maryellen Glackin) led to a small card being designed for use in a variety of settings, such as being handed to students at Grey Nun Academy by their teacher, or being handed to any of the numerous ‘helpers’ our Sisters encounter in their daily lives, whether at HR Lafayette, the Plaza, or wherever YOU are!
We are promoting this idea as Project Compassion (place the emphasis where you wish: PROject Compassion or ProJECT Compassion). There is so much negativity in our world, we thought it a good idea to emphasize the positive actions of others.
We have recently created a new Associate Brochure. Available copies were given to Sisters during a recent meeting at Holy Redeemer Lafayette, to the Associates and also delivered to Sacred Heart Center in Buffalo. Read more here
All of these efforts are focused on the Charism of St. Marguerite and the way that the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart carry it out and share it with others.
Sharing Marguerite’s charism is a way of bridging any divide between generations. As in Marguerite’s time, there is currently no shortage of souls needing comfort and no shortage of issues needing our compassion.
If you would like to learn more about how the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart carry out the charism of St. Marguerite in today’s world, please contact us.