Conversations With the Sisters of Life

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
2 Dec 2015

Jessica Langrell, centre, with some of the Sisters of Life

Members of the Sisters of Life have arrived in Australia this week to begin a fortnight-long encounter with the young people of Sydney and Australia.

The Sisters' tightly-packed schedule begins with three days at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival being held in Adelaide.  The Festival will see over 3000 young people from around Australia gather at the Adelaide Convention Centre for three days.

In addition to presenting a workshop alongside Sydney's Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on the topic of choosing life, the Sisters will be part of a "Conversation with the Sisters of Life" and host a stall in the Festival's INcounter area.
Then on Wednesday, 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the first day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Sisters of Life will run a Retreat Day for Women at the University of Notre Dame Australia's Broadway campus.  Running for a full day from 9am to 4pm, the Sisters hope the retreat will be a time-out to assist women of all ages to prepare for the coming of the newborn Christ child.  The retreat day will include inspiring talks by the Sisters of Life, Mass and opportunities for Confession, as well as a chance to chat with the Sisters and others over morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

The following evening, Sr Mariam Caritas SV will address a group at St Charbel's Maronite Catholic Church, Punchbowl, as part of its long-running Guardians event on the topic, "Fearless in the Embrace of the Shepherd."

The Sisters of Life will run a Retreat Day for Women at the university of Notre Dame

The Sisters will then head south to the iWitness Conference to be held at Stanwell Tops from 10-13 December.  They will speak on the Gift and Joy of the Family, and also team up with Father Daniel McCaughan to address the idea of Masculinity and Authentic Femininity.

On returning from iWitness, the Sisters will head straight to Theology on Tap at its new venue of Le Pub, in King Street, Sydney and speak to the young people on the topic: "Gazing on the Face of Mercy."

Before returning to the United States, the Sisters will participate in For Love Alone, an event for young women hosted by the University Catholic Chaplaincies and the Vocation Centre to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life.  The evening will give young, single women aged 18-35 the opportunity to meet and have conversations with Consecrated Women from many different communities, including the Sisters of Life, the Marian Community of Reconciliation (Fraternas), the Dominican Sisters of Nashville, the Religious Sisters of Mercy, the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary and more.

The Sisters of Life will spend a fortnight travelling around Australia and meeting young people

Sisters of Life postulant, Jessica Langrell, who is from Sydney said that the Sisters' visit to Australia would bring back the "awesome memories" of their presence here in 2008 for World Youth Day.  "The return of the Sisters of Life inspires a deep hope that began for many of us during World Youth Day and we are blessed to welcome them back on Aussie soil to reignite and rediscover the joy and peace of following Christ," she said.

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