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Sr. Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN
Director
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100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-3131 ext. 2865

Sharings, an Occasional Newsletter

April, 2019

“Go outside, wherever you are, and appreciate each drop of water, each flower, each architectural work of art.”
Amy Leigh Mercree
Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE AT THE SOURTHERN BORDER
Message from LCWR: There is a serious plea for volunteers needed in somewhat different capacities. Thank you for considering the possibility of your response to this urgent plea. Many thanks to the sisters in El Paso who continue to help with housing for women religious who are volunteering at the Border. If you can be a volunteer, please arrange the dates directly with Annunciation House (If you would like a copy of the letter from Annunciation House, I will email it to you.) Once you have arranged the dates, contact Buffy (Mary) Boesen, SL at bboesen@loretto.org to arrange housing.

IN OUR OWN WORDS EVENT
This event has been in the planning since last August! And it will happen on May 4th! Four of the authors (Amanda Carrier, RSM, Tracy Kemme, SC, Mary Therese Perez, OP and Thuy Tran, CSJ) of the book In Our Own Words will be coming to the Sisters of Charity motherhouse for a panel presentation followed by an intergenerational discussion on religious life. Block off Saturday, May 4th, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM on your calendar now. The goal is to have an actively engaged intergenerational conversation about religious life, which means that we are calling all sisters, both young and old and all those in the middle. (You do NOT have to have read the book in order to fully participate in the discussion.) The flyer is attached.

NEW LEADERSHIP
Patricia Homan, OSU will be Congregational Minister for the Brown County Ursulines beginning in June. Congratulations, Patricia. We promise you our prayers.
A picture will be found, when available, at: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/religious/new-leadership.

VOCATION MINISTRY NEWS
Be sure to read the article in the April Catholic Telegraph entitled “Panel Promotes Vocations to Junior High Students.” It is a good news story! The current panelists are looking for more panelists! Dave Henley, GHM assures that it is easy to step into the role of a panelist. If you are interested, contact David Henley (Glenmary Brother) at: brotherdavidhenley@gmail.com. The program is so popular they could use help. Consider volunteering. This group of four is going to be working a program for our High Schools to be launched next year. So if you feel more comfortable with High School students, volunteer for this panel.

Explore Your Call will not be happening at St. Francis de Sales parish in Lebanon on April 10th.
Five women have registered and we will do a “scaled down” version of the program for them. Pray for these women.

RETIREMENT FUND COLLECTION
The December, 2018 collection now seems rather distant! Checks from parishes and
individuals begin arriving soon after the collection and just keep coming. Monies from the collection are due to the National Religious Retirement Office by March 31st. This year the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has contributed $735,000. Last year the Archdiocese sent $660,000. How generous the people of the Archdiocese continue to be. Please continue to pray for these donors. The Billboards and TV Spot, in which many of you participate, is so helpful to raising awareness about this collection, year after year. Thank you.

RESOURCES
Calling all Sisters 50 years of age and younger! Giving Voice is inviting you to their National Gathering this summer, June 27-30, St. Louis Missouri. For more information, contact Adriana Calzada, CCVI (adriana@giving-voice.org). Check out their website: https://giving-voice.org.

26th Annual The Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life June 6-12, 2019 (For complete information and pricing visit: www.misericordia.edu/conferences.)

Teresa Maya, CCVI spoke at the NCVR (National Conference of Vicars for Religious).her topic was “Intercultural Hearts, Mission Disciples.” She recommended three “must” reads:
The Next America by Paul Taylor, Migrants for Mission, by Mary Johnson, SNDdeN, and Sorrow and Mourning Flee Away, a Pastoral by Mark Joseph Seitz, Bishop of El Paso.

“Building Healthy & Life-giving Communities,” by Brother Seán D. Sammon, FMS, Engaging Aging from NRRO, Spring 2019. (“Community life is a grace of the Holy Spirit. We have come together without choosing one another, so we accept one another as the Lord’s gift to us.” Marist Constitution) I can send you the link to the article.

DATES FOR YOUR INFORMATION
+Saturday, May 4 – In Our Own Words at Mount St. Joseph
+Wednesday, October 2 – Major Superiors meet with the Archbishop
+Saturday, October 19 – Day of Reflection sponsored hosted by Inter-community Spirituality
Committee
+Saturday, October 26 – Archdiocesan Jubilee Celebration