Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy Founder's Day

Today, January 7th, is our Founder's Day, the day our first Sisters professed vows as Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Nottingham Cathedral. As our Constitutions say:

Their faith and humility enabled them
to take great risks in serving their
sisters and brothers in need.

This evening Margaret Jane and I remembered those earliest sisters and all those, past, present and future, Sisters and Associates, who have and who will, in their turn, take great risks to serve and to be ministers of peace. What a joy to be part of such a company of women (and men too, among our Associates) committed

to promote peace
in family life, in the church, and in society.
We strive to respect the dignity of all persons,
to value the gifts of creation,
and to confront oppressive situations.
We respond to God's people in need
and promote social justice
as a way to peace.

I'm blessed, we're blessed in this great calling to be peacemakers and people of peace.

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