Mexico signSaint Angela Merici founded the Ursulines (known originally as the Company of St. Ursula) in 1535. Because we’ve been around for 478 years, we have many customs and traditions. Some are common to all of us, others are unique to certain parts of the world. One of our global Ursuline traditions is to make an 8-day retreat each year. Our Ursuline Sisters in México have a tradition to come together during the Christmas holidays for their weeklong retreat. What a beautiful way to end one year and begin a new one together! This year I’ve been privileged  to spend Christmas in Puebla, México and then guide their retreat, which ends today. What a joy for me to accompany my Sisters in this way, and also to respond to one of the calls of our recent Ursuline General Chapter which says: We are called to create new possibilities for expressing our international solidarity which are life-giving, hope-filled, and give witness to our communion in Jesus Christ.

There are many ways to make a retreat. If you’ve been wondering about a retreat, that may be God’s way of whispering in your ear. For information about online retreats, click here. For details about some weekend retreats for young adults, click here. For retreats specifically geared for those discerning religious life, click here and here. In the meantime, may the New Year 2014  be life-giving and hope-filled for all of us.