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.
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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?”
On the weekend of April 12-15, I attended a Formation Convocation in Chicago with my community, the Felician sisters. I joined 51 of our sisters: those in leadership, in varying stages of formation, and those in formation. What I expected to be a meeting turned out to be a community retreat where we reflected on formation that is centered in a relationship with God.