During our Superior General, Sr. Christine Danel’s visit in February, we gathered on a Sunday afternoon with some friends and superiors from other religious communities in Canada: the Sisters of St Joseph of Toronto, the Loretto Sisters (IBVM), the Faithful Companions of Jesus, and the Basilian Fathers. Together, we took the time to share and pray, as a step on the road of the Synod on Synodality that Pope Francis invites us to embrace. All of us had read the National Synthesis for Canada written in the summer of 2022, based on the contributions from various groups and dioceses who engaged in the first phase of the Synod on Synodality.
We shared our good surprises and the notes of hope that resonated from our reading, and also the priorities and the calls we hear for religious life in Canada: building bridges, giving witness to the joy of the Spirit and of the Gospel, being out there in the midst of God’s children, grounded in love, providing spaces for conversations, forming faith-based communities, renewing our formation and the formation of everyone in the Church – the laity and the clergy… There are so many ways and so many reasons to be hopeful in God!
It was a very fraternal afternoon. We are grateful for walking with brothers and sisters in Christ on this journey for the entire Church.