For the ninth year, a number of sisters in their 20s and 30s from multiple communities gathered to pray and play together at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Phoenix, AZ. I write every year because I believe what we pray, discuss, and dream as young sisters, grounded in our charisms and histories, is both the present and the future. I know the way we organize and lead is a collaborative leadership model that works for the small, capable, relational groups that characterize what religious life is becoming.
People often ask me about my life as a young religious and why I have chosen this path. At the Giving Voice 20 and 30s retreat earlier this month, no explanation was needed. In this space, there is an understanding of our lives. There is a sense of coming home.
In today's world, it seems rare when you find a sense of acceptance and trust immediately when meeting people for the first time. It is the gift of the sisterhood, especially as young Catholic sisters in Giving Voice.