My Dear Sisters,
Greetings and Peace! I hope that you all had a joy-filled Easter celebration and continue to enjoy the peace of the Easter season. May the Risen Lord fill our hearts and minds with his love and joy so that we may share it with others!
What a relief it is to see the green grass and flowers once again; the new growth and increased activity of animal life is a reminder to us of the gift of Resurrection. Perhaps some of you have had a chance to enjoy a few walks outside, or to work in your gardens, enjoying God’s beauty. I have appreciated the news, greetings, etc. from the Easter letters from some of your houses. It is so nice to be connected to one another and to learn of each others’ lives and activities.
Your Federation Council had a chance as well to enjoy our Sisterly bond and news from different monasteries in early May as we met at the Chesterfield, NJ monastery to go over the latest activity regarding Cor Orans and other matters. We are happy to report that we are making slow, but sure, progress – focusing first on Federation Statutes and Formation, as indicated earlier. Sr. Etta (NJ) is preparing a draft that combines our current Statutes with the stipulations in Cor Orans; let us hold her in prayer as she works on this demanding task. Regarding formation, I am so grateful to all of you for your participation in the Formation Survey and will be sending the results to all the houses as soon as I am able. In addition, Sr. Mary Francis Hone (JP) has finished her work on the Holy Women of the Order of St. Clare – a beautiful and truly inspired work to which she has devoted many hours. We are so grateful for your efforts, Sister! This, too, will be sent out, as soon as we have it prepared in an acceptable format.
Our Sisterly bond is also especially present during times of sadness and adversity. Let us keep in prayer our Sisters from Memphis, who recently made the difficult decision to close their monastery. May we all turn to the Risen Lord in trust that He will take our endings and make of them new beginnings. And may we always stay united in our seeking of God’s face and the sharing of God’s love with the world.
May the Lord give you Peace!
Gratefully, Sr. Anne