SCNs attend Hope – Esperanza Conference

Posted by Dana Hinton

February 23, 2024

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth participated in the Hope-Esperanza Conference, hosted by the Leadership Collaborative. About 150 women religious under the age of 65 gathered in person on Jan. 25-28, with more than 100 others joining them virtually to discuss, discern, and embrace the future of religious life. Sisters from 69 countries and 108 congregations were represented.

“There was a trust and understanding in the knowledge we may be walking closer together as we live into whatever may be actively emerging in religious life,” Sister Lisa said.

“We met across cultures, across generations, across congregations, even across screens, believing that the best way to predict the future is to create it together,” Sister Bev reflected.

Paris shares, “What gives me hope is knowing that religious life is still vibrant. The energy, zeal and passion present among us was electric and we were only a small representation of who could be together for this weekend. The overall numbers in religious life may be smaller but our love for God is growing. Our desire to see a reconciled world where all of creation can thrive is growing. I need only look to our SCN roots to know what is possible in small numbers. I lean into the past and present wisdom figures in my SCN congregation to inspire and guide me.”

4 Comments

  1. Liz Field, SCNA

    Amen to all that’s said above! The Spirit of Life and Love stirs among us and guides us to new frontiers!

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  2. Betty Blandford scn

    I have great hope in our future ! It may look different but I look back on my 50 years and doesn’t look the same as 1963 but just as enthusiastic for the mission now as then. As long as we live in the spirit of our calling it e will be where God wants us. Thanks to all who represented us. You have the Spirit inspiring you ! All will be well!😇

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  3. Eugenie Coakley, scna

    There is much Hope ~ Esperanza in this gathering of New Pioneers indeed!

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  4. Angie Shaughnessy

    Thank you, Bev and Paris, for your hopeful comments. With you and others leading us into our future, I am glad.

    Angie Shaughnessy SCN

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