National Catholic Sisters Week

National Catholic Sisters Week-March 8-14: to ignite a movement around the lives and the contributions of Catholic sisters
norma“Wherever good things are happening, there are likely to be Sisters involved,” states the proposal from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, calling for a national campaign to boost awareness of women religious. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, director of The Catholic Sisters Initiative, launched in February 2013 by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, was inspired by her experience as a university president to fold that campaign into the well-established Women’s History Month.  Sister Rosemarie fashioned a three-year grant to propose a specific plan to raise the visibility of women religious.
This resulted in a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, which plans to bring national visibility to the contributions of women religious, whose far-reaching work on the frontlines of social change, women’s leadership, healthcare, education and the Church remains relatively unknown. A key initiative of the three-year project will be the launch of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, 2014, as part of Women’s History Month.
The ultimate goal is to create “fertile ground” to help more young women consider a call to religious life. “Will this mean that thousands of women will enter religious life? No, probably not,” Sister Rosemarie says. “But we’ve got to offer a chance. Even if women are inspired to live their lives differently outside the convent, the effort will be worthwhile.”
The intent is to ignite a movement around the lives and the contributions of sisters in ways that inspire girls and women to picture themselves among the ranks of these women religious. Molly Dever Hazelton and Mary Soher, OP, were named co-executive directors. Hazelton is a professor of library and information science at St. Catherine’s University; Soher, of Henderson, NV, has been a member of the Adrian Dominicans since 1996.
Want to get involved and honor sisters during the week? Some ideas are below:
• Contact Sister Norma Raupple [330.792.7636] to coordinate a tour or volunteer activity at an Ursuline ministry
• Ask our sisters to share their stories
• Join us for Mass and Dinner
• Choose a saint who was a sister to be your patron for the month of March – study her and pray for her intercession