October 11, 2008
The CMSWR General Assembly was held from October 9th-12th at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.
While the CMSWR General Assembly is a gathering of Major Superiors, this year the weekend teachings were open to all religious from member communities. Approximately two hundred religious from various women’s communities were present. The Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ that attended these teachings were Sister Angela, Sister Joan, Sister Catherine, Sister Regina Marie, and Sister Elizabeth Ann, in addition to Mother Lucy and Sister Juliana, who attended the whole event.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM
, was the main speaker for the weekend. Father Cantalamessa has been the preacher to the Papal household since 1980, when the late Pope John Paul II appointed him for this task; Pope Benedict XVI confirmed his position. Father Cantalamessa, drawing from the ancient hymn Veni Creator Spiritus
and Saint Paul’s letters, emphasized the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus and the gifts of the Holy Spirit for religious life and the entire Church.