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First Commitment to Associate Relationship 

Donna, Yvrose, and Shelli from the Wilton, CT group made their First Commitment during a September weekend retreat at Quonnie. The theme for the retreat was Quonnie’s Gift: Rest, Renewal, Relaxation and Visitation. Unfortunately, due to the limited use of single bedrooms on the second floor of Villa Margarita, a larger Associate retreat was not possible this year. After attending their first Quonnie retreat in 2019, all three women asked if they could make their First Commitment at Quonnie. Their request was honored during a beautiful liturgy celebrated by Fr. Gene McKenna during the retreat. Everyone enjoyed a celebration dinner afterwards with lots of food, joy and laughter!

Donna Wuhrer and Maria Cabello Vazquez

From Our Leadership Team

What does the GOSPEL bring us? Joy and newness. To what is new, newness; for new wine, new wineskins. Not to be afraid of changing things according to the law of the gospel. This is why the church asks us, all of us, for a few changes. She asks us to leave aside structures bound to collapse. They are useless! Get new wineskins, those of the gospel.

In Religious Life for Our World: Creating Communities of Hope, Maria Cimperman, RSCJ cites these words of Pope Francis to support her contention that “Religious life is being called to conversion, transformation, and revitalization.” During our November 20-21 Leadership Team meeting we pondered and celebrated the new wine being poured out among us.

Blessed Sacrament At The Border

We decided to send a donation from the third round of stimulus money to San Diego Catholic Charities; they are overwhelmed with the numbers of refugees they serve. We have retained some of that money to support Sisters and Associates who volunteer at the border.

Many appreciated the recent Zoom with Sr. Judy Bourg, SSND, who ministers with migrants and asylum-seeking families in Arizona. Several have expressed interest in working with her or at other sites on the border. There will be another Zoom for potential volunteers on January 14th.

Process on Discrimination, Racism and Anticolonialism

Almost 60 Sisters and Associates have signed up for the Process on Discrimination, Racism and Anticolonialism--we are delighted!

Local Leaders Meet by Zoom

On September 25, Associate and Sister Local Leaders met by Zoom to discuss plans for the coming year. Many local groups will meet by Zoom. While monthly prayer services will continue to be offered, we hope to expand gatherings and connect more Associates through book clubs, a Zoom prayer shawl ministry, small discussion groups on timely topics, and various cultural celebrations that will be led by Associates. In the coming months, Maria S. from Chicago will host Zoom gatherings on Dia De los Muertos and Las Posadas. Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2 to remember those who have died. Las Posadas--“The Inns” in Spanish—is a religious festival held in Mexico and Latin America that is celebrated from December 16-24. We look forward to expanding our gatherings and connections in new ways during this coming year!


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