On January 27, 2013, Sisters Dorothy Schweitzer, Terry Dalla and Jacqueline de Verteuil, pictured at right, as well as Sr. Rosemary Fry participated in Newman Centre’s celebration of Consecrated Life with a display illustrating the Sisters of St. Joseph’s ministries. Many other men and women religious participated in this lively event.
Sr. Ann McGill FCJ gave a reflection on religious life during the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses that included the following about God’s call to an individual:
“This call is a free and unmerited gift. The initiative lies with God who stirs something in our heart – but God always respects our freedom, so we can say ‘Yes’ or we can say ‘No.’ Nevertheless, the call has such a commanding and compelling character to it that it, as it were, requires a response. It is difficult to ignore it!
"It is a call to intimate relationship with Christ and a putting on of the heart and mind of Christ. This requires time spent in silence, solitude, prayer, prayer with Scripture. However, a call to consecrated life is not a call just to have a nice little cosy “God and me” relationship. It is meant to enrich one’s own life, of course, but also the lives of others in the church and world in which we are placed. It means to be sent on mission with Jesus, transforming the world and proclaiming the reign of God in our time and place through whatever our particular ministry is.”