Province Day 2016

Sister Gertrude Lanouette, provincial, profited from the exhilaration provided by coffee, goodies and loads of warm, high energy hugs and how are u’s to greet the large group assembled in the gymnatorium to share in a first of its kind Province Day.

Without fanfare and/or ado, Sister presented the keynote speaker and facilitator for this day’s activities, Mrs. Nancy Small.

Nancy did not delay in welcoming all participants – Sisters, Consecrated Seculars and Associates- and in setting the theme and tone for our time together: Touched by the Spirit; Transformed by Mercy.

The opening prayer led directly to individual and group reflection in which all were invited to create and find a comfortable place within themselves to get in touch with God and God’s merciful love as experienced in their personal lives. Time for deepening the contact and the relationship was provided and a time for simple sharing and listening to others’ experiences was allowed.

Pertinent readings from Catherine Bertrand, SSND and from Pope Francis’ The name of God is mercy, reminded the group that “to attempt to approach life from a contemplative place matters” since inner transformation flows from our awareness of the movement of God’s Spirit within us. The fruit of this inner movement was obvious as the participants shared in contemplative dialogue, truly listening to one another’s response and reactions to related acts of mercy.

The final ritual, celebrating the cleansing and refreshing powers of God’s ‘river of mercy’, sealed within each DHS Family member present the permeating belief that “the mercy of God never ends” (Pope Francis) and that its healing waters indeed do transform and renew us.

Tapping off the day’s events, Sr. Marian St. Marie shared some newsy notes from the Province and Sr. Gertrude returned to the podium to express gratitude to Nancy and everyone in attendance for a powerful day of growing together in contemplative prayer and seeking inner transformation through God’s loving and merciful Spirit.

For more information on resources and techniques involved in contemplative dialogue you may contact Nancy Small at nancysmall318@gmail.com

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