Mary, mother of Jesus, is a woman who, over the years, has taken on many names and faces that cross cultures and boundaries. So many people see something significant in Mary that speaks to their life. She is often a sign of hope and solidarity in suffering. In the past year, I have been introduced to Our Lady, Who Brings Down Walls and Mary, Undoer of Knots.
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This August, Giving Voice joyfully welcomes Sister Xiomara Méndez- Hernández, OP, BCC to join the Core Team. Sister Xiomara (See-o-mara), is an Adrian Dominican Sister living in Chicagoland, originally from the Dominican Republic. She ministers as a Hospital Chaplain at Loyola University Health System with special focus on cancer patients.
Last week, Giving Voice representatives once again exhibited at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious alongside partner organizations Religious Formation Conference, National Religious Vocation Conference, Communicators for Women Religious, Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at CTU, A Nun's Life & National Catholic Sisters Project!
Twenty-four hours in a day, seven days in a week gives us 168 hours. Subtract 56 for sleeping (yes, we’re allotting the optimal eight hours a day) leaves 112. Minus 40 hours for full-time ministry and we’re down to 72. Who are we kidding? Most of us are probably working more than 40, but since we’re probably not sleeping 8 hours a night, we’ll let it more or less balance out. Meals, showers, a little time with community, prayer and we’re down to 40 hours left in the week to play with. Forty hours?! That would be great. I did some math wrong somewhere because that is definitely not m
This Summer, Giving Voice inaugurated two new peer-led committees, the Communications Working Group and the Leadership Initiatives Scholarship Committee. Involving nearly a dozen sisters in a circle-process-led collaboration, each committee seeks to expand the reach of Giving Voice through communications initiatives and mission-driven ministry.
It has been a slow spring: our last large snowfall here in Racine Wisconsin occurring on April 16. Now that spring has sprung, it is a time of renewed activity amongst all living creatures: from the birds to the squirrels to the bees. So too amongst the plants and trees: from the flowers springing up, tulips and daffodils and grape hyacinths, to the sprouting of seeds and the bursting buds on trees.
“Where we’re going we don’t need roads: Pioneering Women, Carrying our Charisms into the Future”, the peer-led retreat for women religious between ages 40-49 featured prayer sessions, meditations and discussions, beginning Friday night reflecting on the question: “What are our communities’ charisms? How do our communities’ charisms intersect and work on a global scale?”