Fr. Robert Maloney CM, Sr. Margaret Barrett DC led younger Duaghters of Charity in reflecting on the thme of Finding Sacred Space for God.
Every three years among the English speaking provinces there is a Session open to Daughters of Charity under 10 years vocation. This was my first experience of coming to
such a gathering.

On this occasion it was hosted in Emmitsburg from 3 -10 July 2006 and the theme was “Finding Sacred Space for God’; a phrase which comes from the introductory letter of our new constitutions.

Fifteen Daughters of Charity under 10 years took part along with Formation Directors and
Councillors. It was so good to be with so many younger Sisters exchanging ideas and experiences from our own cultures. It was good too to share our faith and what our vocation means to us. The internationality of the group – Vietnamese; Taiwanese; American; English and Australian)was stimulating and life-giving knowing that each one present is enthusiastic and passionate about being a Daughter of Charity and is committed to our life of service, community and prayer.

We were graced by the presence of Fr Robert Maloney CM, our previous Superior General, who gave a conference everyday on each of the vows. His words were profound and inspiring. We were gently guided during our reflection time on each vow by Sr Ellen La Capria using art particularly the art form of the mandala. This was very prayerful and led naturally into discussion and sharing.

Sr Margaret Barrett DC, Assistant, joined us for the last two days of the session and we were able to spend some time with her individually which was a blessed opportunity. There were also times for socialising and getting to know each other, On the 4th July – Independence Day – we visited the Amish Community in Lancaster County where we experienced their simplicity of life and shared a meal with one of the families.

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