Feminism in Faith

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, I wanted to promote Buzzfeed’s article Feminism in Faith: Four Women Who Are Revolutionizing Organized Religion. The article highlights four women working within their faith community to bring about change: Sara Hurwitz: the first publicly ordained Orthodox Jewish Rabba Kate Kelly: an attorney getting the issue ofContinue reading “Feminism in Faith”

Living the Gospel Today with Joan Mitchell: Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation

The second video in Sister Joan’s series “Living The Gospel Today” is about Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation.

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

As Sisters of St. Joseph we celebrate the feast of our patron on March 19 and take a break from Lent for festivities. Joseph is also the patron of the universal Church, so March 19 is a feast we can all claim. Joseph also gives us an example of an ordinary husband and father who faces extraordinary challenges.Continue reading “Happy St. Joseph’s Day!”

Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: The Fourth Scenario

Scenario 4: Reconciliation Read scenarios one, two and three here. Doing the work of dialogue and reconciliation resonated with sisters I spoke with at the 2007 meeting. In the scripture Sister Laurie chose for this scenario, Paul describes reconciling old and new as a core ministry in the Church: “So if anyone is in Christ,Continue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: The Fourth Scenario”

Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Scenario 3

Scenario 3: Sojourning in a Strange Land Read about the first and second scenarios by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. The third scenario tells the heartbreaking story of Hagar (Genesis 21.9-21). Hagar is Sarah’s Egyptian maidservant. African American women have long identified with Hagar because she is both a servant and a surrogate mother as many blackContinue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Scenario 3”

Possible Futures For Catholic Sisters: The 2nd Scenario

Scenario 2: Acquiescence Read about the first scenario here The familiar household of Mary and Martha in the village of Bethany provides the setting for acquiescence (Luke 10.28-32). The conflict in this gospel story puts both Mary and her sister Martha in their proper places. Martha wants Mary to help her with the work ofContinue reading “Possible Futures For Catholic Sisters: The 2nd Scenario”

Gospel Reflection for October 21st, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10.45 Jesus calls his disciples together when he hears the rest complaining about James and John seeking status.  He defines himself as one who serves, who gives his life toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 21st, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Dancing with Miriam

A guest post from Ellie Roscher Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.” Exodus 15:Continue reading “Dancing with Miriam”