Jean McKinney, CSJ, Enters Novitiate
Jean McKinney, CSJ, formally entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston on January 16, 2016. The sisters at St. Joseph Hall, where Jean has lived in community, and the Stellman Road local community , where Jean will live during the next phase of her novitiate, participated in the celebration. What follows are welcoming reflections by Peggy Sullivan, CSJ, Leadership Team Liaison for Vocation/Formation.
In the name of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, I welcome you this afternoon to our prayer and celebration that, for us, represents a milestone in the making, a new novitiate complete with novice and novice directors, such as we have not had for some time! For Jean McKinney, CSJ, this represents another formal step forward as she responds to the call of our God, moving into novitiate where she and we learn more fully to be sisters to one another. Entering the novitiate represents a small step, maybe, but it is one that is mighty for Jean and in the eyes of our God.
We are happy to be part of this gathering that recognizes so much newness while it calls us to deepen our gratitude for the call each of us received and to which we have responded with our lives over many years. Indeed we all “…MAGNIFY the Lord…” and, like Mary, will know this reality ever more deeply when we call it to mind and reflect on it periodically.
Cry Out and Act to End the Human Trafficking of Our Brothers and Sisters
Our annual prayer vigil against human trafficking took place on January 8. During prayer, Sister Betsy Goodwin, OSF, reminded participants that, “…we stand with and for those children, women, and men exploited for labor and for sex‐‐‐through the evil of modern day slavery— HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Through our prayer and our silence we hope to give voice to the voiceless, those who are silenced by the cruelty of others. Our anti‐trafficking coalition, which is a collaboration of congregations of women religious in the Boston area, and now includes you, believes that, in addition to words and actions, prayer and silent vigil are powerful tools to change, to eradicate human trafficking.”
A powerful part of the prayer included the witness of two survivors of human trafficking who have lived with sisters at Bakhita House. The prayer vigil offered these young women, whose voices had long been silenced, the opportunity to give voice to their experience. Their witness deeply moved all who listened.
At the conclusion of the gathering participants were offered concrete actions to end human trafficking:
LEARN about human trafficking – globally and locally
PRAY for victims of trafficking and for an end to this slavery
DEMAND slave‐free products. Buy fair trade when possible
ADVOCATE for state and federal legislation that protects victims.
As Pope Frances’ 2015 World Day of Peace Message reminds us, all peoples are our family, and together, we need to cry out and act to end the human trafficking of our brothers and sisters.
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