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Religious discuss ministry with seminarians

November 5, 2015

Looking to raise awareness and understanding of religious life especially in this Year of Consecrated Life, men and women religious from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of San Jose spoke on the topic Oct. 24 with seminarians at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park.

Prayer began the day with Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens, seminary rector and president presiding.

The workshop proceeded with panelists detailing their present and past ministries and their hopes for future collaboration with seminarians after ordination, according to Presentation Sister Rosina Conrotto, director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Sister Dee Myers, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, told of her time as a pastoral associate at St. Matthias Parish in Redwood City as well as her years as an educator in segregated Tennessee and with a Catholic Charities outreach program to pregnant teens in New York. Sister Dee presently is a spiritual director and prayer leader at burial services.

Gillian Wallace, a member of the faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, is in discernment to join the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She shared her struggle of accepting God’s call to religious life and her peacefulness once she made the decision to begin the process.

Holy Names Sister Molly Neville shared her experiences as vocation director for the Diocese of Monterey and her present ministry as retreat director and director of associates for her congregation.

Marianist Brother David Betz spoke about his vocation as a brother noting it is not a stepping stone to priesthood but the culmination of his discernment to become a religious. Brother David is activities director at the Marianist Retirement Center in Cupertino.

Sister Elizabeth Avalos, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, facilitates discussion on nonviolence and human trafficking. She also spoke of the growing associate movement providing lay women and men the opportunity to deepen their spiritual lives and engage in social justice activities with men and women religious.

Small group discussions with “questions, concerns and experiences of serving in ministry with today’s church” ended the day, Sister Rosina said.

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 22 Mass marking the close of the Year of Consecrated Life, 11 a.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone as principal celebrant and Archbishop John R. Quinn as homilist. Mercy Sister Mary Waskowiak will offer a reflection on consecrated life. Mass will be followed by a reception in the cathedral’s Patron’s Hall. The Mass choir will feature the voices of students from Catholic schools. All the faithful are invited to join in the liturgy and pray for the women and men religious serving daily in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. They continue to have our greatest thanks.

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