Future Full of Hope

Here’s a great article from Sr. Tracy Kemme, reflecting on the future for religious life. Realistic and hopeful!

Global sisterhoodVibrant collaborationUnity in diversity for Jesus’ mission.

These were the phrases that stayed with me as I listened to a panel of sister-peers in March. The event was Profundo Encuentro, a national discernment retreat for Hispanic young adult women, at which I was a guest. The question was, “How do you envision the future of religious life?”

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Authentic Encounter

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Our local group of vocation directors met for a few days of input, networking, engagement and planning. Our speaker via video, Dr. Hofsman Ospino, shared rich insights into the place of culture in vocational discernment, and more broadly, its place in community, in church and in society.

Historically, people of color have not received the same opportunities and access that has been afforded to white people. This is true in the wider society and this is something that we are working to dismantle. We do this first of all by becoming aware of our privilege and by taking on new habits of mind and heart. We also do that by seeing and deconstructing societal norms and barriers to people of color. We have a lot of work to do.

In our days together, we focused inward on our church and on our religious communities. How can we be more ‘sister’ to our sister of color? One of our sisters of color shared her hopes: more than strategies or quick-fixes, she hopes that we can come into more and more authentic encounter. She hopes that we can truly dialogue with each other and share our community, our spirituality and our struggles for justice.

Amen!