SCN Associates gathered at Nazareth Motherhouse Campus on April 21-23, 2023, for a spring event themed “Experiencing Faith.”
The hybrid event incorporated participation both from Associates attending in person and those participating on ZOOM. The featured speaker throughout the weekend was Father Jim Sichko of Lexington, Kentucky. Father Jim is a full-time preacher and motivational speaker based in the Diocese of Lexington. He was commissioned by Pope Francis in 2016 as one of his Papal Missionaries of Mercy. Father Jim shared several life experiences with the group during the week as teaching moments of the Gospel. Participants listened to thought-provoking talks and were invited into small group discussions on Friday and Saturday and an open forum on Sunday.
In addition to five sessions with Father Jim, the weekend gathering allowed Associates to catch up and mingle, reflect, and hear an update on the Strategic Plan. Associate Rose Marie LaVoice was remembered at the start of the event, having passed away since the last Associate gathering. Julia Gerwe was also welcomed as an Associate candidate.
The weekend ended with Eucharistic Liturgy at St. Vincent de Paul Church, followed by lunch in the Motherhouse dining room.
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Fr. Jim is a wonderful story teller. Each story asks us ‘how would you respond’? I enjoyed his talks very much.