Members across the country are facing closed service sites, drastically decreased person-to-person contact, and new personal and professional challenges. While community may no longer come in the form of biweekly team meetings or small reading groups in the classroom, we are discovering new ways to cultivate it. We are fortunate to be living in the age of technology which allows us to virtually (and safely) spend as much time together as we need. Members are serving remotely in creative ways - tutoring online, crafting digital curricula, working with local food banks, among other activities. A plethora of online resources for personal and professional growth are available and connect our members to new instructors and peers. Online masses and faith-sharing circles are showing the power of the Church outside the structure of the church.
We are all being called in unique capacities to step into new leadership roles and to take particular care of our mental and physical wellbeing. The interconnectedness of humanity is making itself known more and more every day, and we need to think and act in a new way that acknowledges that. Public health and safety are the new lens through which we need to view our work, whether that means serving at a local food bank or staying inside to prevent further spread. We are especially grateful to be part of the larger Notre Dame de Namur community and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, as women who honor the dignity of each person and community.
We are truly blessed to have gathered just a month ago at our annual Mid-Year Conference. The connections members made with the Sisters are fueling their ability to continue serving in these difficult times. The Sisters’ creativity and resourcefulness in their ministries are inspirations for our staff and members.