First National Catholic Sisters Week Launches
The inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will launch March 8-14, 2014, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., as a part of Women’s History Month. The celebratory week seeks to honor Catholic sisters’ contributions both past and present. It will also bring together young college-age women and women religious to build relationships and foster a better understanding of a vocation that is often misunderstood.
Kick-off events for NCSW include a panel discussion entitled “Sister Stories: How Did I Know?” hosted by broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien followed by a Eucharistic celebration in St. Catherine’s Our Lady of Victory Chapel. Other events will aim to engage college age women in discussions about religious life and the use of social media to promote personal women religious narratives and information about the vocation. Students from St. Catherine’s will participate by gathering oral histories from sisters. The work will create relationships among sisters and college-age students and preserve the unique stories and
contributions of many sisters.
The NCSW is the first project of a larger three-year effort called Sister Story, an initiative made possible by a partnership between St. Catherine University and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. To learn more about the mission of National Catholic Sisters Week and Sister Story view this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMCgdQTTdskRead More
Many thanks to Randy Hain and The Integrated Catholic Life along with Eileen Homire, our dedicated Atlanta friend, for coordinating the excellent interview below, with Archbishop Gregory.
In the secular world we frequently hear of drug and alcohol addiction affecting almost every segment of society. Nobody seems to be immune from this scourge. However, we don’t often hear about how addiction sometimes affects our Clergy and Religious. These men and women of the Church face pressures and stress that many of us seldom see or appreciate.
What happens if they become overwhelmed by these challenges and seek relief in alcohol or drugs?
How can we help them come to grips with their addictions, find healing and return to active ministry?
Looking for answers to these questions, I sought out an interview with Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Archbishop Gregory is hosting two educational workshops in his Archdiocese next month on April 1st (Spanish Track) and April 2nd (English Track) at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, Georgia. Both tracks are open to parishioners, counselors, social workers and therapists interested in learning more. The workshops will include sessions on:
- Steps for Spiritual Living,
- Establishing a Parish Substance Abuse Ministry,
- Addiction and the Older Adult,
- Internet Addiction, and
- Addiction and Prevention for Older Youth.
Archbishop Gregory, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be interviewed for Integrated Catholic Life.Read More
Today we share this beautiful and inspiring downloadable filled with Lenten Reflections from Fr. George Hazler.
Jesus’ preaching and His miracles were the trumpets of a new era. They were the “signs” of a new day. Jesus healed the blind, but behind this miracle was a deeper meaning. It was a “sign” to all people to open their eyes to His works. Jesus opened the ears of the deaf. It, too, was a “sign” to all people to open their ears to His words. Jesus forgave sinners. Again, His forgiveness was a “sign” to all people to turn from sin and begin living new lives.
Jesus set in motion the “Kingdom of God.” And what was this kingdom? It was a new era in which love would replace indifference, light would replace darkness, and life would replace death. But the “Kingdom of Satan” would not yield to the “Kingdom of God” without a battle. It is this battle that we focus on during Lent.
Fast from bitterness;
Feast on kindness.
Fast from impatience;
Feast on calmness.
Fast from laziness;
Feast on diligence.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets. I have come, not to abolish them, but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:vs17
How many times have we heard around the tables of AA that “I have worked the first three steps but cannot seem to get on with the rest of the steps.” Well, there is a similarity between this situation and those of people in Jesus’ time. The people sometimes complained that Jesus was circumventing the Mosaic law by His teaching and healings. He made it abundantly clear that He wasn’t disposing of their laws but rather was fulfilling them. On another occasion, Jesus said of some Scribes and Pharisees that they utter fine words, even wise words, but their hearts were far from God.Read More
“Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest a while.” Mark 6:31
From our earliest years we have been taught and know intuitively that God is everywhere. But for me, there is a special place I go to every day where I can be alone with my God. It has become a wonderful sacred space where I can fully be myself and fully present to my God.
My guess is that others have a prayer space they have set apart for their interchange with their God. It does seem natural and it does seem a very necessary component in life, amid all the ups and downs of our journey.Read More