We are happy to announce that recent college graduate Ariel Hollimon will be joining Giving Voice as a social media intern at the end of February. Ariel brings a wide-range of social media skills and ideas to our network and we're excited to welcome her!
No matter how I come to a Giving Voice event, I go forth somehow both lighter and more grounded. The recent 20s and 30s retreat on the theme of prophetic hope was no exception. More than forty women religious gathered over Zoom this past weekend, January 15 – 17, 2021, led by Kelly Moline, OP and Sarah Cieplinski, SNDdeN. From shared prayer to shared dance parties, our time together offered glimpses into what it means for each of us to live with prophetic hope.
I, like so many people, feel like I’ve been living in an extended season of waiting: waiting for the COVID cases to decrease, waiting to hear if the upcoming semester would be virtual, and waiting to see family, friends, and sisters. In the midst of this waiting, I’ve found it hard to hang onto the prophetic hope that the Advent season carries.
Giving Voice is hosting a Virtual 20s & 30s Retreat January 15-17, 2021, with the theme “Hope” guiding our planning. Registration is open to any woman in a Roman Catholic canonical institute or society of vowed women religious in her 20s & 30s who has started the state in formation immediately preceding the novitiate.
Recently I attended the National Religious Vocation Conference 2020 Virtual Convocation. Members of the Felician formation team were able to invite guests, and I was one of them. Guests at the NRVC Convocation receive a grant to attend if they fulfill several requirements. One of them is to write a brief essay about being hopeful in religious life. This is in response to the theme of the convocation, 2020 Vision: Focus on Hope. The branded statement that repeated throughout the convocation was “I believe God is still calling women and men to holiness --- and I am filled with abundant hope.”