In the precious and concise writings St. Angela left her followers back in the 16th century, she was clear about what she desired of them. “Live in harmony,” she implored, “united together, all of one heart and one will. Be bound to one another by the bond of charity, esteeming each other, helping each other, bearing with each other in Jesus Christ.” She surely did not mean this to be just beautiful words. She would repeat this hope again and again.
Through the centuries, Angela’s spirit and vision have been shared with many. Today, our schools emphasize the global sisterhood in which students and co-workers become essential members. I recently had the privilege of participating in an alumnae board retreat with women from one of our schools. Angela’s presence was felt as we shared how we want to intensify our community-building and service this year. A champagne toast to one young woman whose wedding day is very near was only the outward sign of a sisterhood we all find not simply supportive, but truly holy.