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Happy Mother Superiors' Day

The Oval ConventToday is Presidents' Day in the United States, a day where we celebrate George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all who have served as U.S. president. On this day, I can't help but think of the President who has been such a source of encouragement and leadership in my own life. Her name is Sister Jane.

Sister Jane is the president of my IHM Congregation, and on this day I honor her and all the women religious who are serving in congregational leadership across the globe. I honor the women who have brought us to this moment having been presidents, mother superiors, prioresses, superior generals, and abbesses.

These women model for me what it means to be faithful, strong, collaborative, compassionate, and dedicated leaders. They hold together the responsibilities of spiritual leadership and administration and at the very same time are our sisters. They lead sometimes in front, but more often right beside us. At times, you might even find our leaders way off in the back ... not lagging behind but urging us onward in the pursuit of God's mission.

Thank you for all that you are and all that you do on behalf of sisters, religious life, and the world.

If you've got a particular Catholic sister or nun in mind who is serving or has served as congregational leader, mention her name here and we'll pray a special prayer of thanksgiving for her. If there's a sister or nun in your life whom you see as a leader, mention her name as well!




Submitted by ccarbotte on February 17, 2014 - 8:06am
I would like to add the leadership circle of the Sisters of St Joseph in Canada, esp the congregational leader Sr. Veronica. And the past leaders who have affected my life, Sr. Anne Kargas, and Sr. Anne Marshall.
Submitted by SrJulie OSF on February 17, 2014 - 8:17am
I wish to add our current Congregational Minister for the Sylvania Franciscans: Sister Mary Jon Wagner! May all readers pray for her continued strength, integrity, and wisdom as she leads our Sisters in these challenging times. Also a huge thank you to Sister Diana Lynn Eckel who graced us in leadership for 12 years prior to current leadership team. God bless these ladies!
Submitted by joyceelaine2 on February 17, 2014 - 9:19am
I want to add Mother Assumpta Long (OP). I'd also like to remember Sr. Mary Fran Gilleran,IHM.
Submitted by Another Sister ... on February 17, 2014 - 9:45am
We are having Provincial Visitation right now. I will share this with our provincial minister, Sr. Mary Christopher Moore, CSSF, and team. They have the daunting task of being the first council for our reconfigured province--which now stretches from the Northwest Territories of Canada to Southern California to Haiti!
Submitted by Dr.nunihm on February 17, 2014 - 12:43pm
Thanks, Julie - am glad to serve at this time! Leading the IHMs with the team is great. "Sr. Jane"!
Submitted by Sister Julie on February 17, 2014 - 1:52pm