National Gathering Reflections

First time attendees and returning sisters share on what this event means to them.

This was my first National Gathering and I was filled with joy! Experiencing and sharing with such a diverse group of younger religious sisters deepens my faith and trust that this vocation… my vocation… still has meaning and depth for the Church and the world today. God continues to call us in the most surprising and unexpected ways!

– Sonal Castelino, XMCJ (pictured at right with Romina Sapinoso, SC in the ferris wheel on Navy Pier)

The national gathering was the first event of GV I ever attended; I was delighted to find that everyone went out of their way to make new members feel at home. It was indeed a time of ENCUENTRO & COMMUNION.

The gathering was a powerful event that united sisters from diverse backgrounds and cultures, creating a sense of unity. I was impressed that the members facilitated the sessions, and everyone’s participation was encouraged. It was a time of mutual learning and growth.

I had the opportunity to meet new people and build connections, which was very beneficial. I am particularly thankful for the solidarity and support we established for one another. I cherished every moment we shared and intend to use the insights I gained to live out my vowed life in love.

– Eti-ini Udom, SSND (pictured center with Sr. Clare Emeruom, HVM at left and Sr. Clara Abisola Adelakun (FSPA) on right)

I see Giving Voice as an umbrella shading the religious women, allowing us to be ourselves and see the way forward. It was a time of self discovery and meeting new people.

– Clara Abisola Adelakun (FSPA) (on right)

From the minute I walked in the room and hear people calling out my name, I knew I made the right choice in attending Giving Voice and spending a weekend with my sisters. I loved how many new sisters attended the gathering and the great panel and presenters.

– Eilis McCulloh, HM (pictured at left with Sr. Jenniffer Acosta, OSF)

We are immensely grateful for everything we experienced over the past four days. Our heartfelt thanks to Sister Jenny (Sister of Mercy), the organizers, the Core Team, the speakers, and all the beloved Sisters. Your warm welcome, attentive listening, patience, and unwavering dedication to making the gathering a reality have filled our hearts with joy, peace, and hope. The bond we shared with each of you is truly unforgettable. May God bless each of you with good health, happiness, and peace for all the efforts you put into the gathering and the support you provided to each of us individually.

– Srs. Nal Y and Trang Y – Sisters of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – Vietnam