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In order to enable younger women religious to better connect, network and collaborate, Giving Voice will publish an online directory of Catholic sisters under fifty years of age who are in a Roman Catholic, canonical institute or society of vowed women religious. The deadline is Friday, October 27.
At July's National Gathering most expressed the desire to have an online directory of Giving Voice participants in order to help facilitate connections, networking and collaboration. We're working to make this resource a reality.
We are inviting sisters under fifty years of age who are in a Roman Catholic, canonical institute or society of vowed women religious to participate in Giving Voice's first online directory!
Sister Calzada is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio). Originally from Mexico City, she enjoys spending time with her two sisters and three nieces. This year her parents celebrated 40 years of marriage and she comments how this example is one of "how love endures and transforms." She's lived in the U.S. now for a year and enjoys meeting and talking to people, reading, listening to music, and taking walks along Lake Michigan in Chicago where she studies at Catholic Theological Union.
My heart swelled with resonance as I listened to the 2017 LCWR Presidential Address and heard Mary Pellegrino name the need to shift our language, attitude and living to create space for the “emerging narrative of communion" of religious life. If you haven’t read her talk, I encourage you to do so. As with all things that are emerging there are glimpses of clarity, moments of deep knowing, and many questions.
Like many people in the United States, my heart has been hurting a lot lately. There have been so many senseless deaths and divisive responses. We seem to keep talking past each other. The divisions, oppression, hatred, and disdain feel so overwhelming.
In the coming weeks, Giving Voice will reach out to Catholic sisters under fifty years of age who are in a Roman Catholic, canonical institute or society of vowed women religious to invite participation in the first-ever online directory of Giving Voice participants. The online directory will enable younger women religious to better connect, network and collaborate. Please be on the lookout for more information soon.
In religious life, leadership has a very specific understanding. It is the name we give those few sisters who have been elected to make decisions on behalf of the whole. We can no longer afford for this to be our understanding.
Leadership for our world and for religious life cannot wait for an election, a time or a term. It must move from decision-making to invitation and collaboration. Leadership cannot be a job for a few but a mandate for us all.
Almost a month ago I and about 20 others attended our first Giving Voice National Gathering. The topic of the conference was very promising as it was one very relevant to my formation as a “young” sister. As I pulled into the parking lot at Iona College, I felt anxious about who I would meet and the discussions that would take place. Little did I know that my attendance at the National Gathering would energize me, grant me new insights, and allow me to meet a dynamic group of women whom I am proud to call sisters!