The Archdiocese has a "discernment house" here for young women who are discerning a vocation to religious life. Magnificat House has three professed sisters of different communities living in the upper floors of one of the large rectories here. There have been two young women living there this past year. They have participated in the vocation-related gatherings we've had at the House of Charity. Periodically, Magn. House invites sisters who are living and ministering in NOLA for a "Mass, Meal and More" morning. Last month they invited the Daughters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity - me - to share a bit about our communities and our traditions. I learned a lot about the Daughters and I was able to contrast some of our lives with theirs. This kind of learning has been really good for me.
To follow up on that. On March 25 the feast of the Annunciation, we SCLs do our Renewal of Devotion by renewing our vows. The Daughters (DCs) MAKE their vows each year on that day. They make their vows for one year at a time. I was able to join them for their Mass and supper on that date. The others in the house do not do their renewals on 3/25. The Daughters do not make them aloud except the first time so I just read mine silently at the same time they do theirs. And one evening we joined them for the First Profession of their young Sister Salvatrice. It was wonderful to be there since we need to celebrate each and every one of our young women who make their commitment to consecrated life. We hosted their provincial leader and another of their councilors that night. These experiences are so broadening for me. I am so very grateful to be able to have these opportunities.
That was most of April and now May is almost over. I was in Leavenworth last week end for the Vocation Network meeting. I had time to visit with a former co-worker who is ill, which visit I enjoyed and was very happy to have been able to see her. I also got to spend some time with my adoptive "family" in KCK and see how much the kids have grown in the past months. Watched the little girls do their Praise Dancing during a church service and heard their choir as well. Then visited with many of my sister friends so it was altogether a great time .
Before I left we had a tragedy happen. One of the young men in our basketball League was shot and killed in the vicinity of the gym where we play. It was, as most of these homicides are, senseless. Herb was a very simple young man, quiet and respectful and a pretty good basketball player. His death has been very hard on his family (the only boy) and on his friends, many of whom are members of our Peace League. We of the leadership made sure to get to a prayer vigil shortly after his death and to his funeral the next week. Somehow we must do something that his death not be in vain.
Now it is Memorial Day and we pray for all those who have lost their lives or limbs or minds to war. New Orleans has to mourn the many lives lost on her streets as well. I am trying to get a few things done on what is a holiday for most but not for some here. For some people in the city this is not a holiday, which is surprising to this Northerner. Blessings to all of you. You are always in my prayers.