Day of Solitude in Los Gatos, California
On December 31, 2013 at the Sisters of the Holy Names Provincial Center in Los Gatos, California thirty-six people came together to spend a day of prayer and sharing. In keeping with the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (BVMs) to end the year with a day of recollection; Associates, Members, and Friends of the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of the Holy Names, the Sisters of the Holy Family, the Sisters of Notre Dame DeNamur, and BVMs were invited to this day. BVM Associate Bob Kutter, BVM Marilyn Wilson, and Suzanne Young facilitated the day and were led in music by Bette Gambonini, BVM
(L-R) Marilyn Wilson, BVM, Bob Kutter, BVM Associate, Suzanne Young
Sisters of the Presentation Associates Celebrate Epiphany
Submitted by Rosana Madrigal (San Francisco)
Each year in San Francisco, the Congregation’s Associates host an event for Sisters and Associates to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. As in years past, this January 5 Epiphany celebration at the Presentation Motherhouse included liturgy, a Gospel reflection by an Associate, brunch, and a gift exchange. Associates and Sisters enjoy this day as way to build community. Presentation Associate Tina Panelli shared a Gospel reflection on the Epiphany. She says, “For nine months, I participated in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius retreat. MY epiphany on this amazing journey is that God loves me unconditionally and is always with me. Now, you would think that at age sixty-six and being a somewhat spiritual person, having attended Catholic school, praying regularly, and keeping company with many spiritual people, I would have figured that out. But, I have to tell you, I was totally blown away. These two concepts that I had always envisioned in lower case letters jumped to ALL CAPS with lights blazing and sirens blaring!”
The community building continued with a brunch which provided time for Associates and Sisters conversations and sharing updates. This long time honored tradition ended with a gift exchange that provided fun and excitement.
Pictured: Presentation Associate Tina Panelli shared a Gospel reflection on the Epiphany. Pictured here are Presentation Associates Tina Panelli (left) and Ramona Michaels (right).