National Catholic Sisters Week
March 8-14, 2018
National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW), the fifth annual celebration of women religious, will take place March 8-14, 2018, in tandem with National Women’s History Month. The week is intended to honor the nation’s 45,605 Catholic Sisters and all who have gone before – founders of schools and hospitals, missionaries and contemplatives, artists and activists, spiritual guides for all walks of life. “To meet a Catholic sister is to be inspired,” said Molly Hazelton, director of NCSW headquartered at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “Shining a light on their ministries can move the masses, and that’s what we’re aiming to do. In a time when there isn’t much good news, we need more than ever to hear stories of how they help and heal a fractured country.” Meet a Sister. Be Inspired.
Start a Conversation
Sisters’ lives can be a great mystery to the general public, but it doesn’t need to and shouldn’t stay that way. One of the best ways for sisters’ lives to be demystified is simply to ask them to share their faith journeys. We have invited six Sisters to answer questions about their faith stories and talk about what led them to religious life.
S. Marge Farfsing answers the question, “How did your faith journey begin?”
S. Joyce Brehm answers the question, “When did you know you made the right decision?”
S. Carol Brenner answers the question, “What made you nervous about entering religious life?
S. Jeanine Marie Holthouse answers the question, “When did you decide to become a Sister?”
S. Annie Klapheke tells us why she feels called to religious life.
S. Donna Steffen reflects on what is best and what is most difficult about being a woman religious.
Prayer for NCSW
Ever faithful God, we remember our Catholic Sisters very specially this week. As they root their purpose in a relationship with You, they join with other persons of faith, including Jeremiah, reliant on what it is they treasure. They allow Your dreams of justice and peace to inform their decisions, how they choose to live, and the ways in which they direct their love. Generous God, continue to call persons to learn from today’s Sisters. We celebrate the love made visible in a life of service. Amen.