Workshop at St. Luke Institute
I am writing this note early Friday afternoon, September 19, as I wait for the van to take me to the airport and a flight home to Cincinnati. I have been here at St. Luke Institute since Sunday afternoon with 13 other men and women involved in the various stages of Formation. We were four priests, nine Sisters and one lay woman. We were Vocation, Postulant, and Novice Directors as well as health personnel. All helping new members of our various communities to enter into the formation process to become Religious men and women.
The topic of our workshop was integral sexuality and spirituality (a topic that I myself present to the Postulants of various provinces each January). The focus of the week was wholistic growth and integration--a topic very dear to us Franciscans because of its emphasis on the Incarnation (the fact that God became flesh and thereby made all of creation sacred).
It has been a powerful week of growth, communication, sharing, and prayer. The group gelled quickly Sunday night as we gathered and continued to work well together all week. Sr. Lynn Levo, CSJ, our Director, is a powerful presenter and wonderful speaker. Her spirituality and faith have been so obvious as she helped us appreciate our sexuality and celibacy and vows more clearly and deeply.
It is times like these that make me so thankful for the opportunities we have as Religious to grow together and to share our community charisms in faith. The Church is a big tent embracing some very rich and wonderful traditions. I thank God for the chance to have experienced this week here in Washington, DC.