We congratulate Sr. Anny Deutsch, who has been re-elected Provincial of Europe. We wish her well and assure her of our prayers.
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Welcome, Barry White
Mr. Barry White has joined the Province Center/Holy Family staff as Human Resources Manager.
He comes to us with a wealth of experience in employee relations, compliance, and compensation and benefit issues.
Barry will be in the office or around the building on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
OFFICE FOR CONSECRATED LIFE SHARINGS
Archdiocese of Cincinnati – May, 2019
“When we seek for connection we restore the world to wholeness.”
–Margaret J. Wheatley
NEW DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR CONSECRATED LIFE I am happy to introduce the new Director, Maria Reinagel, in her own words: “I am celebrating my 25th Jubilee this year as a member of the Society of Apostolic Life of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi (that’s a mouthful!). After 16 years of service in Rhode Island, where I was a college teacher for our newly consecrated women, I moved to Ohio in 2015. What a treasure I discovered buried in the farmlands of Ohio—a rich history of religious women and men who have forged this area—through self-giving service. I am eager to hear your stories and get to know each one of you. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to serve you and to invite others to ‘Come and See’. I also want to acknowledge Marilyn. I feel I am walking in the footprints of a spiritual giant in taking on this role. She has done so much to bring us together through her monthly newsletters, her dedication to advancing the Religious Retirement fund and finally, the annual jubilee celebrations. Thank you, Marilyn!” And welcome, Maria. It is my hope and prayer that this ministry will be as much of a joy and a blessing for you as it has been for me.
RELIGIOUS BROTHERS DAY May, 1st is Religious Brothers Day. We here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are blessed to have just about 100 religious brothers ministering and living here. The day was recognized on social media and The Catholic Telegraph for this month has a great article on three of these brothers: Bob Dzerbinski, SM; Tom Gerchak, OFM and Jack Henn, Glenmary. Thank you to our Religious Brothers for their presence and ministry among us.
IN OUR OWN WORDS EVENT This event has been in the planning since last August! And it will happen on May 4th! Four of the authors (Amanda Carrier, RSM, Tracy Kemme, SC, Mary Therese Perez, OP and Thuy Tran, CSJ) of the book In Our Own Words will be coming to the Sisters of Charity motherhouse for a panel presentation followed by an intergenerational discussion on religious life. The goal is to have an actively engaged intergenerational conversation about religious life and this is going to happen. Registrations are at 110 and still coming (https://goo.gl/forms/uw9uDRcoqInNbmxg1)!
NEW LEADERSHIP The Sisters of Charity elected new Leadership in April. Patricia Hayden, SC, President and Councilors: Joanne Burrows, SC Teresa Dutcher, SC, Monica Gundler, SC and Marge Kloos, SC. They begin their four year term on July 1st. We wish them many blessings in this important role for their community.
During the week of April 21st, the Chapter of Elections for the Sisters of Divine Providence was held and Barbara Rohe, CDP is the newly-elected Provincial Superior. Her Council will be elected in June and their five year term will begin after that on a date to be determined. Barb, we wish you blessings in your new role and will pray for the discernment taking place in June.
GLENMARY HOME MISSIONERS CHAPTER The Glenmary Chapter of Elections will be held at St. Meinrad, IN from May 6-10. Let us keep them in prayer.
EXPLORE YOUR CALL GOOD NEWS You may recall that we (Wayne Topp and I) cancelled this event for young adult women discerning the Consecrated Life for we had only five women. And these five women are important, so we held a “scaled down” version of what had been planned: just four women members of the various forms of Consecrated Life in the Archdiocese and Colleen O’Toole, RSM (temporary professed) talking about her Discernment Journey. The five women became four became seven! From all indications this was a good evening for the discerners; they asked questions, commented on what they heard and “hung around” for a time when the official program was over…all good signs. It may be that this was an “oh happy fault!” Further conversation will take place around what next; we may have found a better venue?
LCWR SEEKS DATA ABOUT RESPONSE OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS TO US BORDERWomen religious continue to make a very generous response to the needs of those fleeing their homelands and arriving at the US southern border. LCWR is trying to track how many US women religious have been able to volunteer at the border in recent months as well as how much women religious have contributed financially to this humanitarian crisis. This data demonstrates the mobilizing capacity of Catholic sisters and what can be accomplished as women religious network with other organizations addressing needs. To date (April Newsletter), the data shows:
• Number of women religious volunteers: 162
• Total financial contributions from women religious: $291,200
Any congregation that has not submitted information to LCWR is asked to send that information to Janette Cahill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RESOURCES The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology are pleased to announce their upcoming webinar, which examines how select issues of canon and civil law may relate to senior religious. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at 1:00 PM ET, the presentation will be offered by Sharon Euart, RSM and Mr. Christopher J. Fusco, both from the Resource Center for Religious Institutes. (This information was emailed to IMAR members and I think it may have a broader appeal…I can email you more information.)
Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A practical perspective on death and dying, by Sallie Tisdale. Suggested by Jeannie Masterson, CSJ and available from amazon.com.
DATES FOR YOUR INFORMATION
+Wednesday, October 2 – Major Superiors meet with the Archbishop
+Saturday, October 19 – Day of Reflection sponsored hosted by Inter-community Spirituality Committee
+Saturday, October 26 – Archdiocesan Jubilee Celebration