Visiting Women's Religious Communities
Five different communities of women religious, including the School Sisters of Notre Dame, came together this past weekend to do one more thing to celebrate as the Year of Consecrated Life comes to a close. Five women from the southeast corner of Arizona (Cochise County) came to learn about these congregations in a tour of three local houses, praying and eating at each location and listening to presentations.
The day began in Bisbee, Arizona, where they learned about the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes and the Manitowoc Franciscans (both founded in Wisconsin). Lunch, a short prayer and presentations from the Medical Mission Sisters and the School Sisters of Notre Dame followed after a drive to the SSND home in Douglas.
The day concluded by visiting the nearby Loreto School, where the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles shared information about their congregation. Vespers in their chapel concluded the day.
Participants commented about their experience:
- "This has been one of the most interesting days of my life. I have learned a lot about all the different orders."
- "I had a wonderful experience. The prayers, songs and information make me know that I want to listen and know what God wants for me in my life."
- "This was an amazing opportunity to get to know all the different types of sisters. All of your presentations really answered my questions and now it is time for me to listen to God’s call. So thank you very much for having this day."
- "The whole day was the best day of my life!"
- Sister Lucy Nigh, SSND
January 25, 2016