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We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
Sisters2.0 Online Event
Wed. March 8, 2017 7pm CST
An online panel of the newer generations of sisters from around the country, sharing their best memories of religious life, their enthusiasm for religious life today and their hopes for religious life going forward. The recording will also be available after the live event.
Moderator: Sr. Amy Hereford
Panelists: Srs Michelle Marie Stachowiak, Ann Marie Paul and Lourdes López Munguía
About the Panelists
1. Sisters 2.0 - a movement of the new generations of women religious. In this peer-led, self-organized space, we network for visioning and fostering future oriented initiatives for religious life. In the spirit of Giving Voice, we embrace our diversity, listening attentively, speaking with intention, and tending to the good of the whole.
2. National Catholic Sisters Week - an annual celebration that takes place from March 8–14. Created to honor women religious, it is a series of events that instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus to the lives of these incredible women. Funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation
3. The Sisters of St. Joseph - Sr. Amy Hereford - Moderator/co-Producer; Sr. Susan Wilcox - co-Producer; Mr. Jeff Minor - Tech Support. Register for Sr. Amy's quarterly email newsletter here.
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About the panelists
S Michelle Stachowiak CSSF has been a member of the Felician Sisters for almost 29 years. She ministered as a teacher and licensed physical therapist in the Buffalo, NY area before moving to the Los Angeles, CA area to work among the homeless. Currently she lives near Pittsburgh, PA where she serves in elected leadership as a provincial councilor for Our Lady of Hope Province, comprised of Felician Sisters in the United States, Canada and Haiti.
A graduate of the Collaborative Leadership Development Program (CLDP), S Michelle is passionate about the unfolding future of religious life. As a member of Generation X, she is intrigued by emerging pathways leading to more collaboration among communities of women religious. In a lifestyle often portrayed by media as being in decline, S Michelle believes we can embrace life-giving opportunities now to re-imagine our radical vowed commitments. What if we choose to consciously assist whatever God wills to emerge now, at this time in the history of religious life?
In 1999, S Ann Marie Paul entered the Sisters of Christian Charity, an international congregation founded in Germany whose 400+ members currently serve in eight countries. Sister Ann Marie has been a high school and college theology teacher and the Director of Mission Integration at a health care system sponsored by her community. Currently, she is the Director of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, a collaboration between the Diocese of Paterson, NJ and its religious communities. Located in one of the economically poorest cities of New Jersey, the Center provides a safe and peaceful place for women to meet, share and grow, to express their needs and to be connected to resources to fulfill their needs. Since opening its doors in 2013, the Center has seen over 6,000 visits from the women of Passaic. Sister Ann Marie and two other Sisters of Christian Charity live in a diocesan-sponsored convent in the city of Passaic, where they strive to be a sign of hope by engaging neighborhood families socially and spiritually.
Sister Ann Marie has an M.A. in Theology from Villanova University, an MHA from Seton Hall University and a Certificate in Bioethics and Health Care Policy from Loyola University, Chicago. In her spare time, she likes to read, write and give spiritually-themed presentations to local parishes.
I am María de Lourdes López Munguía, a Mexican woman, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. I am a psychologist (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) who entered the religious life, in 2001. Before that, I was a gymnast, from which I learned to be stubborn and to have dreams for each step in life. My parents were teachers who showed me the power of love for the poor and the possibility to give my life for authentic change in the structures of the society.
I have a beautiful gift in our institute’s call, or charism, for the Universal Mission. I was sent to Managua for my formation as a novice, to Chili as a young religious, and to the United States. These experiences have given me the opportunity to brake barriers and to expand my heart. I have shared my life with people in recuperating from drug addiction (Hogar de Cristo, in Chili); with children in risk in Chili; with indigenous people in Mexico; with inmates in Mexico and Chili; with women who have suffered domestic violence, and in the United States with immigrant children.