Dear Sisters and Associates,
Faith “is the lifelong companion that makes it possible to perceive, ever anew, the marvels that God works for us. Intent on gathering the signs of the times in the present of history, faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Christ in the world.”
Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, announcing the Year of Faith
Even as we continue the SCN Bicentennial celebration of our “Journey of Faith”, the Church begins her own celebration of a Year of Faith on October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Around the world conferences, workshops and symposia are being presented to look again at the meaning of the Council and how it forever changed the life of the Church. On the SCN Newsline several months ago we invited the readers to suggest ways that we, the SCN Family, might remember and honor this important anniversary. Thank you to those who responded with such creative ideas.
At the August 2012 EC meeting we reviewed the suggestions. In light of all that we are doing presently in our own celebration of the Bicentennial and preparation for the General Assembly 2013, the EC decided to keep our celebration of the 50th anniversary simple in the coming year.
- Click here to access a prayer service for use on or around October 11.
- Beginning in January we will send out a weekly quote on some aspect of the Council as a way of putting us back in touch with the richness of the documents.
- After the General Assembly we will appoint a committee to look at how, over the next couple of years, we can study those documents so as to mine the deeper meaning for our life as the People of God and women religious.
Many of us remember the Council and the changes that it brought to our lives. We encourage the sharing of stories about the ways our faith was challenged and enriched. For those who do not remember the Council, we hope that this time of reflection will bring a deeper understanding of the working of the Spirit in our Church through that historic event.
As we prepare to look once again at the “signs of the times” at our upcoming Assembly, let us re-capture the spirit of the Council to enliven and embolden our decisions about SCN life at the beginning of our third century. How blest we are to be living at this moment in history!
In Catherine’s spirit,
Mary Elizabeth Susan Teresa Adeline Basanti Ann