April 1, 2008
CMSWR Board of Directors Spring Meeting
On March 29 Mother Lucy, our Superior General, traveled to the Eternal City to participate in the Spring meeting of the board of directors of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). She also had the opportunity of visiting Assisi. The meetings were held from April 1-6 along with some other activities of the board.
Meeting with SCRIS
Besides their regular Spring meetings, the CMSWR board of directors met with the representative of the Sacred Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life Franc Cardinal Rode.
Memorial Mass for JP II on April 2
On April 2 they attended the Memorial Mass for the Servant of God John Paul II on the third anniversary of his death. Since Mother Lucy is of Polish descent, this event was particularly meaningful to her. However, We know this day was especially remembered by all the faithful around the world, particularly the young JPII generation.
They also were able to visit the Domus, which is CMSWR's house of studies, where Sisters from members communities are provided with room and board during their academic preparation at Rome.
Pilgrimage to Assisi
On April 6, after all meetings were adjourned, Mother Lucy traveled to Assisi to pay a two-day visit to the relics of our beloved founder of the Franciscan Order. Just walking around the streets that St. Francis trod along while praising our Lord eight centuries ago is an experience that truly brings you close to him; let alone having the opportunity to pray in the same holy places he prayed; or where he received from the Lord the command: "rebuild My Church;" or the place from where he finally entered eternal life.
Grateful for such a beautiful opportunity, and after a week of intense work at the CMSWR Spring meeting, Mother Lucy returned to Prayer Town on April 8.
"All Creatures of our God and King...PRAISE THE LORD! ALLELUIA!"
The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious
(CMSWR) is a canonically approved organization founded in 1992, to promote religious life in the United States. Its statutes were definitively approved by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on October 26, 1995.
Composed of major superiors of women religious with communities in the United States, the group is dedicated to Mary, Mother of the Church and Patroness of the Americas. Members of the Council wish to serve the Church and to foster the progress and welfare of religious life in the United States.
The Council seeks:
- to establish collaboration among major superiors who desire it,
- to serve as a channel of communication among major superiors,
- to provide a forum for participation, dialogue, and education on the patrimony of the Church’s teaching on religious life,
- to promote unity among major superiors, thus testifying to their union with the Magisterium and their love for Christ’s Vicar on earth, and,
- to coordinate active cooperation with the USCCB.