I will wait to share the content of today's input for the lead story on the US Federation website on Friday morning. However, there were a few fun things I wanted to share tonight. Marcia Allen of Concordia gave her presentation at the candidate's forum for the position of LCWR President Elect tonight. She gave a wonderful speech about the hopes for the church that women religious have, how the laity have spoken about our prophetic role during this time of the doctrinal assessment and the apostolic visitation. She spoke about reading letters from laity that had inspired her and how women religious needed to speak about the role of laity, especially women, as vital to the church. She said that this is the moment when we must speak our truth with Pope Frances- we are in concert with him about moving to the edge to serve the marginalized. Our lives have given us the "fierce discipline of adaptation" which prepares us for this moment in time. Marcia was asked a question from the audience about her understanding of evolving consciousness . She spoke of the times that she had taught it in their Manna House Center and how it has influenced the importance of relationships, how the openness to the message that the laity has shared with us, has helped us to understand who we are becoming as we act out out our integrity in our interactions with the church. In her calm and clear way, Marcia really shared how she has read the signs of the times and has been open to change. It was a wonderful response that inspired many. As we gathered as a Federation after the meeting, Nancy Conway welcomed Marcia to the room with a rousing cheer.
We had a wonderful celebration of our togetherness after the speeches at our Federation gathering. As Mary Dacey, Co-Chair of the Leadership Council addressed the group, she noted all the significant contributions we as Sisters of St Joseph had made- Marcia's speech, Carol Zinn as President-Elect, Pat Bergin presenting a resolution of ending violence, and Janet Mock as Executive Director. We all noted that whenever we are together we really have fun.