Giving Voice Sisters who have made first or perpetual vows are invited to participate in an anonymous, 25-question survey entitled “Women Religious and the New Cosmology.” The survey serves as an initial investigation into a research project being carried out by Laurie Brink, OP and Rhonda Miska, OP: “How does Jesus Christ function within the New Cosmology, and what are the implications of that role for Catholic Women Religious for whom a relationship with Christ is constitutive of their vocation?”
Last call to register for Giving Voice's 20s & 30s Retreat! Please submit your registration by January 2nd.
Last call to register for Giving Voice's 40s Retreat! Please register by January 2nd.
In the fall, many Sisters are in periods of transition, whether it be through ministries, school, moving locations or making vows. This is a constant gift and challenge in the lives of Sisters. Core Team member Jessi Beck asked our Giving Voice network to provide bits of advice, wisdom and stories from what Sisters have learned during times of transition.
Giving Voice will open our office during National Vocation Awareness Week Nov 3-9 for a new event, a “Meet Our Sisters Chicago Tour.” The "Meet Our Sisters Chicago Tour" is being organized in collaboration with Chicago-area members of Communicators for Women Religious.
Registration for the 20s & 30s Retreat and the 40s Retreat will be open SOON so watch your emails in coming weeks. For now, save the date for BOTH the 20s & 30s and 40s Retreats being over Martin Luther King Weekend - January 17-19, 2020.
Every two years, Giving Voice hosts a National Gathering, where Catholic Sisters from across diverse communities gather for a weekend of peer-led communion! Check out our recap video from the 2019 National Gathering!
At the beginning of the month, Giving Voice Sisters attended Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), participating in the opening ceremony, exhibiting with other organizations, and partaking in small-group discussions with leadership from LCWR communities.
As a member of Giving Voice invited to be present at LCWR, I thought my role would be to make my voice heard. Giving Voice was among several groups who were requested to be present at the table as LCWR strives to discern how it is called to move into the future and who will move with them. Implicit in the invitation was our job to speak for younger sisters in religious communities--those whose voices are often not heard by leadership because they can be drowned out by the far more numerous older voices.
This summer, I experienced the past, the present, and tasted the future of Religious Life today. I started my journey in June with the Past, through a traditional pilgrimage to Europe which we Dominicans, call Lands of Dominic. Even though it was a short and fast version, as one of my Sisters and I were our own travel agents, it was simple, inspiring and profound.