Congregation Hosts Virtual Fall Congregational Days
By S. Georgia Kitt
Sisters and Associates gathered virtually on Friday, Sept. 11 for an evening prayer to begin this year’s Fall Congregational Days. Like so much else with the pandemic the coming together was unusual. Community members gathered around computers, TVs and a few in person in the Motherhouse chapel, to listen to brief readings related to 9-11 and COVID-19 and joined in singing “Gather Us O God” in the style of Taize. Chimes sounded 19 times for each year since the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Each member of the Leadership Team reflected on their own experiences of the early weeks of the global pandemic and where it has taken them. They shared prayers for the world and closed with a Litany of Peace.
Saturday morning, Sept. 12, Sisters gathered again virtually, singing “Gather Us O God” through individual TVs and computers. They were reminded that God is ever close and in this divine closeness we are one, no matter where we sit. Nine Sisters from their varied geographical ministry locations shared their personal pandemic reflections through a previously recorded ZOOM meeting. Each shared what it is they are hearing God whisper at this unique time. Leadership Team members offered information on the ongoing COVID-19 procedures that are being followed on the Motherhouse campus. They updated SCs on the current status of the repurposing underway related to Marian Hall (1 and 2), La Casa Del Sol and the Spirituality Center as Seton Hall is retired in early 2021. The ways in which Social Justice Outreach has continued during the pandemic were shared, offering both local and national impact and influence for those most in need. As they gathered what was missing was the opportunity to interact with one another. In the coming weeks Leadership is arranging for all Sisters to have an opportunity to participate in small ‘Fall Conversations’ through Zoom or in person at the Motherhouse. Saturday closed with earnest prayers for the pandemic to end with fewer victims and families to suffer as a result.