This past July I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, to the Instituto Cultural Spanish Language/Immersion School after receiving a scholarship from Giving Voice. After entering the Sisters of Providence in 2012, I was encouraged by my Sisters who spoke Spanish to pursue my education of the Spanish language. I recall Sister Florence Norton saying, “Joni, the language is in you. You just have to let it bloom.”
To quote a song from Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Into the Woods,” “no one is alone,” and how true have I found that line since I entered religious life.
The Grounding Circle Group from the 2017 National Gathering had a great time piloting a way to keep in touch and stay grounded. We would like to start a couple more groups in October.
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.
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
Congrats to Sisters Linda Buck, CSJ and Jenny Zimmerman, SND, our latest winners of the Leadership Initiatives Scholarship!
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.
On Thursday, September 13 the Religious Formation Conference will host a webinar discussion with the editors and authors of, In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World. Sisters Sarah Kohles, OSF, Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, and Tracy Kemme, SC will join us for this conversation.