Reflections on a Three-Year Journey

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ - LCWR Past President

This will be my last column for Update as my tenure in the office of the presidency comes to completion at the August 2021 assembly. As I recall the last three years in service to you, I do so with deep gratitude and joy.

In reflecting upon the themes of our assemblies these past three years, I am reminded of our call to the horizons of religious life as we take each step into mystery unfolding:

  • 2018 - Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Communion
  • 2019 - Imagining Leadership in a Global Community
  • 2020 - God’s Infinite Vision: Our Journey to the Borders and Beyond

As each year unfolded, so much was emerging that revealed the threads of our dialogue and encounters with one another at our annual assemblies and region meetings. As 2018 turned to 2019, we began identifying five emerging orientations as the lenses through which we lead. We were embodying communion through our statements, marches, and presence at the border to counter the walls and barbwire being erected at our country’s borders. We sought communion with one another and creation as we advocated in response to the increasing weakening of policies that protect the environment. (Full text is on page 2 in the PDF document below.)

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