As a the Sisters of St. Joseph team and council, we have completed our first half-year. Early in our term, one of the sisters advised me, "You’re just freshmen. Give yourselves time to adjust." Th at has been such a great image for me. We have a four-year term and we have just completed our first semester. I feel like I’m beginning to get a rhythm for the ministry of Province Leadership. We continue working for you through the post-Christmas lull and its associated winter blues, and we ask for your prayers in our mission. So yes, you guessed it. I’m talkin’ rhythm and blues!
As for the rhythm, the team and council meet for three
days at the beginning of every other month. We begin
with time for prayer and sharing of the heart. We also try to
include time for relaxation and celebration during our days
We have been inviting the department heads to come in
one-by-one and discuss their current operations and plans
moving forward. These have been good opportunities to
further our understanding of the province departments
and to work toward open communication. At the January
meeting, we met with the Health and Wholeness staff to
better understand this important ministry and the hopes
and challenges of serving our sisters’ needs.
We review the province's financial report, discuss our
ministry fund and approve some requests. We also discuss
updates on various projects and aspects of province life.
In addition to these semi-monthly meetings, we serve as the
province investment committee that meets quarterly.
As a team, we meet weekly on Wednesday mornings. We
begin with prayer and sharing. We often bring the week’s
prayer requests to our circle along with upcoming meetings
and events, holding them in prayer. Th en we move into the
more immediate business. We share projects or concerns
and get input from each other. We try to finish our morning
with those gathered in Holy Family Chapel for the regular
Wednesday Midday Prayer.
I’m also trying to strike a balance personally with prayer,
community, family, consultation ministry and personal
wellness. Let me say it’s a work in progress.
For the blues part, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays,
the cold dark days of winter can be challenging to many of
us, myself included. Many are also facing illness and death
among family and friends, personal illness and major life
transitions. It is a time to count on the indomitable promise
of spring in the seasons of Earth and the seasons of our lives.
The waiting of Advent gives way to the waiting of winter,
and that can test our patience.
I have to choose what gives me life and reminds me of this
promise of spring. I nourish my mind, body, and spirit with
healthy foods and with good reading and good friends in
community and beyond. I exercise my mind, body, and spirit
by walking and ice-skating, and by exploring new ideas and
new friendships. I find time to rest and relax alone, with my
friends and with my God.
Let’s pray for each other and let the meaningful beat of our
personal and community’s “rhythm and blues” intermingle in
a chorus of hope.