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Embrace Vulnerability

Embrace Vulnerability

In her presentation at the annual LCWR assembly, Sr. Pat Murray, IBVM gave six images for leadership in a global world.  I have written about the first two of them.  This one is the third:  Embrace Vulnerability.  She was speaking about religious life and our institutions and how we are experiencing a greater fragility and vulnerability.  She said:  “In a…

Imagining Leadership in a Global Community

Imagining Leadership in a Global Community

At the 2019 Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) assembly the keynote address was given by Sister Pat Murray, IBVM.  It was a powerful reflection on religious leadership.  She began with some opening remarks on our globalized world and on how the face of consecrated religious life is changing.  She quoted Pope Francis who “expressed his hope for a growth…

Oblate Sister of Providence Producing Documentary

Oblate Sister of Providence Producing Documentary

Oblate Sister of Providence Sr. Marcia Hall is producing a documentary which hopes to promote vocations in the African American Community.  About eight years ago she was serving as her community’s vocation director and attending a seminar where black Catholic parents shared their feelings about their children entering religious life–and they weren’t happy about it.  She knew she had to…

Sister Rosa Nguyen Talks about Religious Life

Sister Rosa Nguyen Talks about Religious Life

Sister Rosa Nguyen is a Sister of Providence from Mother Joseph Province in Seattle, WA.  She ministers at Providence High School in Burbank, California.  She has ministered there for more than four years but she is the only remaining Sister of Providence working there today.   She grew up in a Catholic family in Viet Nam and entered the Sisters of…

A Peruvian Mother’s Story

A Peruvian Mother’s Story

La Posada Providencia is a refugee house in San Benito, Texas sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence from Allison Park, PA.  It has seen an influx of immigrants even before all the public attention began with the border crisis.  Just recently La Posada welcomed a mother from Peru who was pregnant, took care of her and her baby, as…

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Today’s blog message comes from Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, a Sister of Providence from St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.  She is the new board chair of the Women of Providence in Collaboration.  Just when it looked like spring and Easter were actually going to converge…Just when the tulips and red bud trees had convinced me that spring and Easter were actually going to…

Patron Saint of the Internet?

Patron Saint of the Internet?

Recently I learned that St. Isidore of Seville, bishop and doctor of the Church, was the patron saint of the Internet.  St. John Paul II made this declaration in 1997 over 1300 years after Isidore had died.  Apparently in the 600’s when St. Isidore of Seville lived, theology was mostly a monastic affair, due to the fact that many people…

Lent…a Growing Season

Lent…a Growing Season

Lent is upon us once again.  We often think of it as a penitential season.  But perhaps we might consider it a growing season.  Lent is a journey, a process of growth, a time of entering into sacred inner space where we might assess the heights to which we’ve climbed, the risks we’ve taken, the shortcomings we’ve known.   It is…

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