The Face of Angela Among Us

Seventh grade girls of Ursuline Academy/New Orleans were blessed with a whole day of retreat last week at their Archdiocesan Retreat Center. Directed and accompanied by several of their teachers, they tuned in to the Holy Spirit, listened and learned, prayed and sang.  The beautiful grounds on a nice day added much.  I loved helping them discover what “face of St. Angela” they want to bring to their school community at this time in their lives.  They are true witnesses of Angela’s joy, concern for others, and desire to use their gifts in a spirit of “Serviam”.

Angela Today

After countless beautiful celebrations for the feast of St. Angela Merici, today came news of a church named for her in Guyana.  The town where the church is located is “La Parfaite Harmonie,” meaning “Perfect Harmony.”  Would not our beloved Angela be delighted?  And can we not see her rejoicing over this vibrant little community and the three Ursuline Sisters pictured with them?

 

Catholic Media Guyana said this:  “The community at La Parfaite Harmonie is now St. Angela Merici Roman Catholic church. They celebrated their 7th anniversary as a community last Sunday. Please keep our Brothers and Sisters in your prayers,as they continue to build their community and spread the Good News of the Lord.”

 

Our Mission to Serve

Earlier this month, I attended the National Conference on Faith-Based Service held in Cleveland, Ohio. One hundred plus people gathered as community to share, deepen and expand ideas and dreams about service that can change our world. It was a great gathering, and so much continues to resonate for me:

  • We don’t do service to make us feel good about ourselves.  We do service because Jesus says, “feed the hungry, comfort the sorrowful, . . .”
  • “Service never sleeps” –We must build allies for social justice and stand together with the marginalized. Diversity and inclusion are so important.
  • Our baptismal promises bring us together to encounter and accompany the vulnerable.
  • God creates out of chaos. A single individual can be enough for hope!

Having shared that, I am happy to announce our Ursuline Summer Service program for 2020.  We will work at an amazing place in San Antonio, Texas, Haven for Hope, where persons experiencing homelessness are helped and strengthened.  Housing will be at Our Lady of the Lake University.  It will be a week of community, service, prayer and fun with the Ursulines, all steeped in the culture of beautiful San Antonio.  Applications are welcome!

 

 

A Dancer’s Story

Some people think that becoming a Catholic Sister today is nonsense or irrelevant.  But there are young women who choose this life, and find it filled with meaning and joy.  Take a look at this story of Sr. Desiré Findlay, who discovered that her passion for dance and her African American heritage could be embraced and fulfilled in new and wonderful ways as a Sister.