Sister Marie Flowers shares about the Inter-Community Novitiate Program…
I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to participate in an Inter-Community Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri. The 23 Novices in my program represent: Sisters of Providence, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Daughters of Charity, Dominican Sisters, Alexian Brothers, Franciscan Sisters, and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
We range in age from 22 – 57 and represent Australia, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, Romania, the United States, Vietnam and Zambia. In addition, the Sisters of Loretto and the LaSalatte Fathers serve on the planning committee. What a wealth of cultures and experiences!
The workshops are hosted by the communities in and around St. Louis – allowing the novices to experience the varied community living styles and the broader cultures of the region. Each novice and director have the opportunity to prepare prayer for the group and are encouraged to build their community’s charism and mission into the prayer service.
Topics and presenters for the year include:
· Transitions – Mike Pollard
· Communication in Community – Mike Pollard and Jean Meier, CSJ
· Religious Life as Culture – Katie Pierce, IHM
· Psycho-Social Development – Jean Meier, CSJ
· Theological Reflection – Sue Rogers, SL
· Self, Family and Community – Mike Pollard
· Preaching from the Pulpit of Our Lives – Ann Garrido
· Psycho-Sexual Workshop – Lynn Levo, CSJ
· Celibacy – Ron Rolheiser, OMI
· Obedience – Addie Lorraine Walker, SSND
· Poverty – Ramona Miller, OSF
· Theology of Mission – Tony Gittins, CSSp
· Integration – Mary Jordan, FMSA
In addition to the Inter-Community Novitiate, classes for my canonical year include: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Prayer and Meditation, Catholic Social Teaching, Vincentian Spirituality, the Vows, Church History, Racism in the Church, and Scripture. These classes are offered by SCNs and other resource persons. I appreciate your prayers and support as Sr. Liz Wendeln and I journey this year.
Marie Flowers, SCN