Sister Mary Kathleen Burns spoke at Theolgy on Tap hosted by Saint Cornelius Parish in Long Beach, California. Sister’s talk was titled Your Prayer Toolbox. She recently received a new call to share theology and spirituality abroad.
By Sister Mary Kathleen Burns
During my recent visit to our motherhouse in Rome, Italy, Sister Mary Kristin Battles, our Superior General, asked to see me. This usually means that she has a great idea! And indeed, for me, this proved to be true. Our congregation is growing, thanks be to God, and at present, we have blossoming houses of formation in the Philippines, Tanzania and Kenya – all devoted to preparing women to follow Christ as Sisters of Notre Dame.
For the past 15 years my main ministry has been doing the same here in the United States. What Sister Mary Kristin asked me was if I would like to spend some time in each house of formation teaching theology with an emphasis on scripture. I, of course, said “Yes!”
What a great privilege and opportunity for me to meet these women and be a part of their formation as Sisters of Notre Dame. So it looks as if I will be spending the month of September in Bataan, Philippines, working with the novices; the months of February and March at our houses of formation in Arusha, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya with our novices and sisters preparing for perpetual vows; and then as a bonus I’ll spend the month of April in Rome giving some in-services in theology to our motherhouse community there- and of course making sure that Italian pasta is as good as I remember it!
I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to have a wider experience of our congregation and to do what I love best – sharing the faith, teaching the faith and being with those who are committed to living the faith.
This article was featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Vision & Challenge.