This morning I had the honor and privilege of waiting in line with my two year old nephew and his mom for a very important event .... visiting Santa Claus. He was laughing and smiling the whole time we waited in line--until, of course, it was time to actually visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for the all important photo op. Looking at the resulting photo, you might think this was a watershed moment in his life or that he carries great responsibilities on his pint sized shoulders. He looks so very serious!
A thought recently happened upon me as I was considering my call to religious life. The 1950’s are far behind us and who knows if there will ever come a time when religious communities will see those numbers again. I am well aware of the statistics of my aging community, how significantly different--and specifically smaller--we will be ten to fifteen years from now. This is not just our reality, this is the reality of religious life today.
Sisters in their 20s & 30s are invited to join us for our annual peer-led retreat MLK Weekend at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Gather with other younger women religious for prayer, reflection, conversation and relationship building. Visit the GV website to
If you are a formation minister or in community leadership, encourage your younger members to attend! The connections they make will sustain them for years to come.