Saturday, November 21, 2015

Telling the Story

I have been traveling in Montreal for work. And have had the privilege of connecting with some religious communities here. We talk about many things, the life of the community, our own stories, hopes, dreams and challenges.
And often, the conversation rolls around to how many 'younger' sisters do you have in your community. Many communities and federations are gathering their sisters under the age of 60 in order to build their networks and share their insights into the life of their communities, past, present and future.
These conversations give me the opportunity to share the story of Sister 2.0 and of Giving Voice, and to share my hopes and dreams for religious life. We have an opportunity to re-invent the life, not in terms of hundreds of thousands of sisters that graced the 20th century, but in terms of the small communities of sisters set on fire to incarnate the life and mission of Jesus in our particular time and place. We do this not by rolling up our sleeves and building great institutions, but by joining with others to address the pressing needs of today and adding our unique contribution.
I thank God for this time of transition and shifting consciousness.


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  2. Hope you were able to meet some of the fabulous Grey Nuns (Sisters of Charity of Montreal)! Many great communities there but you can't miss the love the City has for it's own St. Marguerite d'Youville, foundress and first Canadian canonized.

  3. And there's also the Congregation of Notre Dame sisters whose foundress is St Marguerite Bourgeoys. While Marguerite d'Youville was the first Canadian born Saint, Marguerite Bourgeoys was the first female Saint to be Canonized in Canada:-). She came to Montreal from France in 1653 to start the first school and really helped build the city of Montreal... Irregardless, Montreal holds amazing history of women leaders in the late 16th and 17th Century!