Welcome to the Future of Charity blog! You might be wondering a few things, like who are we, and what is the Future of Charity? We are a group of recently vowed members and women in formation with religious congregations belonging to the Sisters of Charity Federation. This Federation is comprised of 14 unique congregations who recognize their particular character and spirit in the charism and tradition of Charity founded by St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. To learn more about us, see the "Meet the Bloggers" and "The Federation" tabs.
The Future of Charity was formed to build relationships among the younger, newer members of the Federation. As our congregations decrease in size, we recognize an exciting opportunity for collaboration! In August 2014, our Future of Charity group gathered for the first time at the House of Charity in New Orleans, Louisiana. We spent time getting to know one another and dreaming about how we might journey together. One idea that emerged was this blog. We are thrilled it has taken shape, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!
|The first Future of Charity gathering at the House of Charity in New Orleans, August 2014.|
This project is one way that we choose to respond to Pope Francis' call for the Year of Consecrated Life: Wake Up the World! We hope, through this blog, to communicate our love of God and of religious life. We hope to draw others ever more deeply into “the beauty of God.” We hope to challenge all to a more fervent commitment to the Gospel. We hope to grow closer as a Future of Charity community. We desire to generate hope and joy in our Charity congregations (and beyond).
And, we hope to be a place of accompaniment and encounter for discerners to freely explore what is stirring in their hearts. We offer to you an honest picture of our lives as younger, newer religious. We also invite your comments, thoughts, and questions.
Will you journey with us?
Let’s Wake Up the World together!