Peace and blessings and a happy summer to all! I hope the heat was not too difficult for most of you; it seems that the worst is past and the days are clear and bright with even a slight hint of autumn with a few falling leaves here in Pennsylvania. Of course, I’m sure it continues to be much warmer in other areas; we will keep those of you in the South in our prayers as you
continue to brave the heat.
I hope you all had a beautiful and joy-filled Feast of St. Clare. What a great gift it is for us all to be gathered together giving thanks and praise to God for the gift of Our Mother St. Clare. I felt truly united with all of you on our special day. May St. Clare continue to inspire us give ourselves to God with such generosity as she did throughout her life.
I am sure many of you were inspired as well by the presentation Catherine Mooney gave at Allegany, NY in July. Those who attended had good memories to share with the rest of us and came away encouraged to know more about our Poor Clare heritage and history. Thank you, Srs. Charlene and Julie (NO) for organizing this program.
Your Federation Council continues to work on Cor Orans, with a goal of sharing some information on the Federation Statutes with the Abbesses at their meeting in September, as well as with all who attend the Chapter in June of next year. Please keep us in prayer as we work to merge the requirements of Cor Orans with our current Federation Statutes, doing so in a way that bestreflects the needs and life of prayer as it is lived in our monasteries. We are grateful for your continued support as well as any input that may be required. Slowly but surely we are working on this stage of the journey with Rome.
Thank you also for your response to our inquiry of availability before the straw ballot for 2020 Chapter. The results will be compiled shortly and will give us a much clearer picture of what possibilities there may be for your next Council.
As I close this letter, I wish again to express my gratitude to all of you for your continued prayerful support of each other as we perhaps face some challenging times. Let us particularly keep our sisters in Memphis in our hearts as they work through the various issues at this point in their journey.
May the Lord give you his peace!!