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.”
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you with my right hand." Isaiah 41:10
Dear Sisters and Friends of Giving Voice,
“We need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others,” Pope Francis has proclaimed. Amid a time of uncertainty, and unprecedented challenges, the Sisters of Giving Voice offer you hope: we hope this letter finds you healthy in body and spirit, and we hope you are feeling courage and love.
On November 5th, 7pm CST, we invite you to join six young Roman Catholic Sisters during National Vocation Awareness Week (Nov. 1-7) for a panel discussion on vocation and ministry! Giving Voice's event is a part of Communicators for Women Religious - Chicago regional member's Meet Our Sisters Tour, a week-long collaborative event celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week.