On November 10-12, 2017, Sr. Philomena and Sr. Helena attended a two- day conference on the topic of "Family of Origins" sponsored by the Religious Formation Conference Region 2 Members. It was held at Mount Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappinger Falls, NY and was attended by members of different religious communities in initial Formation along with their Formators. We were privileged to have Dr. Kevin McClone, Director of the Institute for Sexuality Studies based at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL. Dr. McClone possessed a wealth of knowledge and his gentle presentation allowed for much sharing and openness to happen. Sr. Philomena enjoyed the company of other novices from different religious traditions and charism, and for the opportunity to socialize, and to participate in group discussions (away from their Formators!) issues common to those who are new in religious life.
Below are some photos taken at the event:
|Father Mike, Franciscan Director of Mt. Alvernia welcomes us.|
|Mount Alvernia Retreat Center|
|Some of the participants|
|Dr. Kevin McClone|
|About 40 participants were present|
|Sr. Philomena with Carmelite Pre-Novices and Novices|