Over 225 people gathered on Saturday to celebrate Catholic women religious and show our gratitude as Catholics for unceasing commitment to justice, peace, equality, and church reform in the vision of Vatican II.
In the morning, we began with opening prayer led by Beth Taneyhill and Mary Jo Piccolo in the style of morning prayer. Then, Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS of NETWORK and “Nuns on the Bus” spoke to us about “Being Church in a Polarized World.” Sr. Simone explained economic inequality in the US with a compelling exercise and then tied the separation of society along economic lines to the divisions in our Church.
After a luncheon where conversations were buzzing, Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ who is the current president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious spoke to us about “The People of God: Called by Baptism, Compelled by the Gospel.” She had the audience laughing, singing, and deeply thinking about the People of God in a world with changing realities.
The day concluded with a screening of “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” which will hopefully appear on NBC affiliates in the coming weeks. We prayed in conclusion, then blessed all the sisters who attended (and there were several dozen!).
You can view updates from the event on Facebook and Twitter for a clearer understanding of what happening and some inspiring words of wisdom. There will also be an upcoming video program of the day’s events, so keep your eyes peeled!