Sister Camille's conversations take a turn toward religious life

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Wednesday 02, April 2014 | Category:   Vocation and Discernment,Consecrated Life
NCR columnist Sr. Camille D'Arienzo

Sr. Camille D'Arienzo, whose column Conversations with Sr.Camille is regularly featured in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), recently posted two great interviews with members of religous communities: Providence Sr. Susanne Gallagher, S.P. on her work with children with special needs, and Marist Br. Sean Sammon, F.M.S. on the future of religious life.

Providence Sr. Susanne Gallagher, right, with her sister Rita who inspired her work with Special Religious Development, better known as SPRED.
Sr. Susanne, a recent recipient of the University of Notre Dame's Laetare medal, said that her interest in special education was due in part to the fact that her younger sister has Down syndrome: "I had been praying for a way to commingle my work and my prayer life and to become involved with people who are intellectually challenged, said Gallagher. ... I sensed that SPRED ministry would be a place where I would become more aware of God's presence in my life."

Read the full interview here.

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Br. Sean Sammon, F.M.S., says that religious life is meant to be a leaven within the church and society.

Br. Sammon told Sr. Camille that there has never been a "golden age" of religious life. "Each era has had its challenges. We need to use our energies to address today's, including the changes that very few welcome. ...Young people coming to religious life today are reminding us that community and a vibrant life of prayer are as important a part of religious life as the ministry of our congregation."

Read the full interview here.

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