My Faith Sustains Me
November 13, 2014 | By Angie Weisgerber |
Words and reflections of Sisters Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, Martyr for Justice
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In this issue of Cross Currents you will read of the exuberance experienced by women in religious life during year one and after 70 years in Notre Dame.
Pope Francis composed a magnificent book called The Joy of the Gospel. He could write it for one reason. He experienced that joy. In hours of prayer. Each morning. Each week. During every one of his 46 years in religious life. So it is with our Sisters who are celebrating jubilee years and whom we profile in this issue of Cross Currents. Through their 50, 60, 70 and 80 years in religious life, each morning, each week and each year they have met and spent time with the God of abundance and overflowing love. As you see their photos and read their comments, we invite you to pause and savor the deep and abiding joy Jesus came to bring to us. All of us.
W e invite you to enter into the story of our Sisters’ arrival in America and their work over the past 175 years. View activities and events to celebrate this special anniversary.
Over the past 175 years over 3600 women have joined the Ohio Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as vowed members. Thousands more have worked closely with us as Notre Dame Associates, dedicated co-workers and partners in mision. How might God be calling you to deepen your relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur? We offer this five part online discernment retreat as an opportunity to spend some time with God looking at that question. You may choose to work with the materials on your own. If you would like someone to companion you in the process, please email Sister Marilyn Kerber. She has a number of Sisters who are willing to serve as your spiritual guide via email, Skype, or phone.
Dear Friend, Some things just don’t change. This year we celebrate the arrival of the first Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to this country. In the Fall of 1840, eight young Sisters left Belgium and everything behind to come to the New World for one reason: We were needed. We were asked to come to Cincinnati to help educate the city’s new immigrants. Within six weeks of landing here, we opened the doors to the first Notre Dame school in the country, in the heart of the city’s urban basin. The same thing is happening today. In Cincinnati, Phoenix and Chicago we’re teaching the newest generation of immigrants in this country. In this issue of Cross Currents, you’ll read about one high school in Chicago that is named after our Sister Dorothy Stang. It’s where we teach, serve on the board and support a child care program for the children of the students — adults who have come to this country to build a new life for themselves and their families. Why? Because we are needed. While much hasn’t changed during our first 175 years in the US, one thing is very different: We once thought we had to do it alone. But you showed us how wrong that thinking is. We know now our mission of Notre Dame is too big and the need is too large. We can’t possibly do this work by ourselves. You taught us we don’t have to. Our mission continues to be vibrant and growing throughout the world only because friends like you are with us. We are grateful to have you by our side. Touching hearts. Changing lives. Together.
We begin this new year by looking back, just for a moment. It’s to a time 10 years ago when we learned that our Sister Dorothy Stang had been shot and left to die on a muddy road in the middle of the rainforest of Brazil. She was killed by men who wanted to stop her work on behalf of poor farming families. All she wanted — and worked for — was for the people to be able to live independently. To support their families from the land and with their hands. In this issue of Cross Currents you’ll see how Sister Dorothy’s dream has become reality. Together with our Sisters and friends, the struggling families she loved have built small sustainable farms. They have started cottage businesses that support the community. And they have opened schools to educate children and adults — creating solid communities of faith that reflect all that Sister Dorothy lived and died for.
In this issue of Cross Currents you’ll see how Sister Dorothy’s dream has become reality. Together with our Sisters and friends, the struggling families she loved have built small sustainable farms. They have started cottage businesses that support the community. And they have opened schools to educate children and adults — creating solid communities of faith that reflect all that Sister Dorothy lived and died for. This issue also has a wonderful story about children in this country who care about children a continent away, and are learning what it means to be a member of the family of God.
Provides educational materials, ideas for parish groups and listing of events during the 10th anniversary of the martyrdom of Sr. Dorothy Stang