Housing is available with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and the School Sisters of St. Francis at St. Martin de Porres Convent at 9041 South Exchange Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
What is speaking to your heart? It’s a question I continue to ponder as we enter these final weeks of Lent. I’ve been especially attentive to my heart this Lenten season perhaps because Ash Wednesday was also Valentine’s Day this year. It seemed odd to celebrate both on the same day but I suppose it was fitting for a season focused on conversion of heart, to start on a day dedicated to love. So where is my heart?
In February, the Core Team met in St. Louis for our yearly face-to-face meeting. While our monthly Zoom meetings make our leadership structure possible from our various locations across the country, it is always good to get together in person, particularly for evaluation, long term planning, and direction setting.
This year, Giving Voice teamed up with National Religious Vocation Conference, Communicators for Women Religious, Religious Formation Conference, and the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, to both highlight Catholic sisters online with a series of video interviews, and create community at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago with a prayer service.
our bodies make lines
and our hearts beat
(click to read full poem)
Happy National Catholic Sisters Week, 2018!
This year, Giving Voice is celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week by promoting a collaborative series of video interviews called #SisterSpeak!
#SisterSpeak features Sister Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, Giving Voice Core Team member Sr. Adriana Calzada, CCVI (in Spanish) Giving Voice participant Sr. Kelly Moline, OP, Sr. Gerardine Doherty, OLSH and Sr. Ellen Dauwer, SC.
It didn’t matter if this was a sister’s first Giving Voice retreat or their tenth, if a sister was a novice or temporarily professed -- every person was fully accepted into the group and in the end: we are all sisters to each other. This warm welcome and comfort allowed space for deep faith sharing and conversation throughout the weekend.
National Catholic Sisters Week is almost here! March 8-14 Giving Voice will partner with National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC), Communicators for Women Religious (CWR), Religious Formation Conference (RFC), and the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at Catholic Theological Union to host a prayer service and reception to honor and celebrate Catholic sisters!
This February, Sophie Vodvarka began serving as Giving Voice’s new Communications Coordinator. Sophie is originally from Nebraska, and has experience working with Catholic organizations in Poland and Kenya, and with several organizations in Chicago, most recently, in immigrant and refugee advocacy.