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Sr. Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Sharings, an Occasional Newsletter

February, 2019

Why not learn to enjoy the little things,
there are so many of them.
Author Unknown

On November 25th, the Cardinal Prefect of the CICSAL, His Eminence Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, and the Secretary Archbishop, His excellency Jose Rodriquez Carballi, OFM, signed the decree of canonical establishment as a society of apostolic life of pontifical right, according to canon 731.2 of the Code of Canon Law. Gloria Rodriguez Diaz, General Director, writes “The news of the canonical establishment fills us with joy and comes at a providential moment, since we have just begun our jubilee year. On December 8, 2019, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the first three consecrated women of Regnum Christi.” Congratulations!

The Sisters of Notre Dame announced on January 2nd that their four current USA Provinces – Chardon, Ohio; Covington, Kentucky; Thousand Lakes, California and Toledo, Ohio – will form one new province, SND-USA, on July 5, 2020. This summer they will discern regarding the new provincial for SND-USA and by the fall a new SND-USA leadership team will be formed. There will be three mission priorities: Sponsored Education and Health Care Ministries, Ministries on the Margins, and Young Adult Ministries and Initial Formation. (The Messenger, January 11, 2019)

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) voted unanimously and with enthusiasm to bestow on Angela Ann the 2019 Monika K. Hellwig Award (February 2nd) for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life. “Catholic higher education has always had a distinctive outlook, drawing upon its faith tradition, its commitment to engage the culture, and its role as a prophetic voice. Your four decades of visionary and imaginative leadership as a pioneer in the use of new communication technology to evangelize and educate demonstrates a commitment to continuing this pursuit of excellence in your field and thus contributing to the future of Catholic higher education. Your international renown and your ground-breaking formation of the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) long before such technological innovations as Facebook, YouTube or Twitter even existed further illustrate this fact.”

In November I was blessed to have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful retreat: Transition in Two Keys. It was led by Janet Gildea, SC, Julie Lupien, and Marcia Lee, three very gifted women. The seventeen participants were a mix of sisters and non-sisters: eight women in their twenties who had completed long-term service, seven Sisters of Charity who were moving into retirement or into older age and one in her middle years, and me, a Sister of Divine Providence in my early 40s, shifting into a new ministry. We were an intergenerational group with a wide array of experiences, but there was one thing we had in common – we were all in the midst of big transitions.
Our facilitators guided us through a process that invited prayer and mutual sharing. No one was an expert, and each was there to share from her own experience and to be present to others. We practiced open-ended questions and made a conscientious effort to listen without advising or helping. We each considered our stories and the threads that tie our lives together. We reflected on what it’s like to stand in the tragic gap, a phrase coined by Parker Palmer to describe the gap between the reality we’re living and what we know is possible. We ritualized letting go of the past and honored the present, full of uncertainty though it may be. We looked toward the future as we reflected on the impact we hope to make in the world.
The retreat was helpful to me, and it seemed to be so for the others as well. As I prayed and shared with the other women, I noticed how God has been with each of us through our times of change. I was delighted to see how we connected across generations and found commonality despite leading different lives from each other.
Life is a series of transitions, of growth and change, dying and rebirth. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to pause and pray intentionally about where I’ve been, who I am now, and where I’m going. I’m also thankful to have shared the journey with such thoughtful and inspiring women. (Submitted by: Leslie Keener, CDP)

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+Saturday, February 2 – World Day for Consecrated Life – Let us pray for one another.
+Wednesday, February 13 – Major Superiors meet with the Archbishop
+Friday, March 8 – Thursday, March 14 – National Catholic Sisters Week
+Sunday, March 10 – Mass with Bishop Binzer at 12:00; Lunch with the Little Sisters of
the Poor for the World Day for Consecrated Life/National Catholic Sisters Week
+Thursday, April 4 – IMAR Workshop with Dayna Hurst (NRRO Consultant)
+Wednesday, April 10 – Explore Your Call at St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon