During this last Giving Voice 20s/30s gathering in Phoenix, I spent time reflecting on my transformative journey through religious life especially as I stand between two milestones. My first milestone was my final profession of vows last July with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, an eight year journey filled with hope, tears, laughter and joy. When I stood before my congregation, family, and friends and gave my resounding yes to love God, God's people and creation, my sisters in Giving Voice were present with me in spirit.
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I am grateful for the opportunity to have gathered in Phoenix, Arizona with 22 others, who are at various stages of formation in religious life. I felt we came together and created organic spaces where we could be ourselves, completely open to each other's journeying with our God and with this journey in religious life.
A Seminar with Sandra M. Schneiders, I.H.M.
Center for Spirituality
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana
July 13-19, 2014