As the dark days of winter are lessening, I find myself impatiently waiting for signs of spring to emerge. Where is that brilliant spring green? Winter is necessary here in the Midwest where bulbs in the ground and bare trees need this season of cold and dark to reenergize for the new growth of spring. There is a natural connection to why our liturgical season of Lent coincides with nature’s season of winter. We, too, need to take time to sit in the darkness and pray. Lent calls us to reenergize our inner selves in order to bring new growth and hope during the Easter season.
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During my novitiate, I have been able to continue my ministry with refugees through Migration & Refugee Services (MRS). For some time, a few sisters and I have talked about bringing a group of refugees to our motherhouse (Villa Maria) for a weekend. The idea finally came to fruition in January when I, along with other sisters and our retreat center welcomed a group of single moms and their children to the Villa. Each family had recently resettled in Cleveland, OH after spending years in refugee camps across Africa and Nepal.
Are you a Sister in her 40s? REGISTER for our 40s Retreat, August 5 – 7, 2016.
Join us for a weekend of prayer, conversation and laughter at the Giving Voice Biennial 40s Retreat in North Lake, Washington (just outside of Seattle). Registration Fees (includes registration, overnight accommodation and meals) are $200.
Giving Voice is very thankful to all the women's congregations that have given donations to us so far during the 2015 year. You can find a list of supporting congregations on our website. Without you the work of Giving Voice would not be possible.