December 31, 2020
As 2020 comes to a close, I imagine we are all breathing a collective sigh for the challenges that this year held. Alongside the challenges, I hope we can also look back and find the goodness in 2020. During the past year, I often found myself feeling very grateful for everyday blessings: to be living in community, to be serving in a ministry that does not shrink from the challenges of the times and to have a faith tradition that keeps us rooted and grounded through tumultuous times. In addition to these blessings, I am happy to share that in October I received approval from the Leadership Council to begin a year of official preparation for final vows. Discernment of this life-long ‘yes’ certainly does not begin now, but has been a part of the journey since I first entered the Community. However, I am very much looking forward to a time of more intentional deepening of my understanding of God’s call. I have already begun some of my preparation, including attending the Life Commitment Program which was offered this past July. In the coming months, I will be gathering with small reflection groups via Zoom, revisiting writings about our founders and Congregational history and taking extra time for retreats and reflection. I ask for your continued prayers for me and for us as a congregation, that we all may know clearly in our hearts what God has invited us to at this time.
S. Annie Klapheke
Call to the Community
The following videos feature Sisters of Charity at various stages in religious life as they reflect on their call to the Community.