As it happens twice every year, our temporary vow Sisters with their Director, Sr. Anthony De Lourdes Veilleux, gathered at the Motherhouse on the week of August 16, 2015 for conferences and fraternity. Fr. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm., approached the theme of "Religion and Spirituality" in his talks to our Sisters. He explained that religion is an ordered way of life based on mutual experiences and convictions in an attempt to contact a power or energy which helps the organized group to transform life. Spirituality, on the other hand, is connecting with a higher power to transform oneself. These two concepts were examined through the lenses of the Old and New Testaments.
As the Sisters spent time with each other, we'd like to acknowledge Sr. Katherine Theresa's (L-R: 3rd on front row) last time to attend temporary vow week as she prepares for her Profession of Final Vows on November 21, 2015. Congratulations Sr. Katherine Theresa and may God continue to be your joy!
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|Sr. Mary O'Donovan, O.Carm.|
I have been in Religious Life for the past 35 years. I spent 16 years in New York after Final Profession of Vows and returned to Ireland to serve in Our Lady’s Manor, Dublin. I spent 19 years working there as a licensed Social Worker and Psychotherapist. Earlier this year I received a call from our Mother General asking me if I would be willing to take up the post of Vocation Director for our Congregation. Like the disciples in the boat, I felt the fear mounting as the rough waters of transition loomed in the distance. The task ahead is huge but I know that there is a power within me greater than myself and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. I pray that in the days ahead the Spirit of the Lord may fall afresh on me, renew me, fill me and use me, so that I may become a source of living water where others can come and quench their thirst for Jesus. The great news about this work is that it is God’s work, not mine, and so “lower the nets for a great catch”. Glory be to Him whose power at work in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or dream.
Labels: Vocation Stories