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Women Religious join Bishop Daly in prayer prior to installation

the Inland Register

(From the June 18, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Women Religious raise their hands in blessing over Bishop Daly during a prayer service the morning of his installation as Bishop of Spokane. (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of the Holy Names)

Women Religious serving in the Spokane Diocese joined Bishop Thomas Daly for a prayer service at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, on Wednesday, May 20, the morning of his installation as Bishop of Spokane.

During the prayer service, representatives from the Religious communities offered prayers that included “charism statements” – though not official statements from any of the communities, the statements helped identify the identity and ministry of the groups of Sisters:

Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa: We Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa are called to the ministry of preaching and teaching in order to participate in the building of a holy and just Church and society. We offer this charism in service to the people of God.

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia: As Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia, we share in the one mission of Christ through our life together and through our ministries. Aware of the plight of all who are poor and oppressed, we join the struggle to relieve their suffering and to effect systemic change. Like Francis and Clare, we desire to do this as instruments of reconciliation and to walk in our times as messengers of God’s peace. We offer this charism in service to the people of God.

Sisters of Providence: We Sisters of Providence proclaim Providence and the Mysteries of Our Mother of Sorrows to the society of our time by our compassionate love and creative solidarity with the poor. We work for justice for all who are marginalized and voiceless, especially women and children and our earth community. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary: We Sisters of the Holy Names are a community of women religious consecrated to God in the Names of Jesus and Mary, who desire to proclaim by our lives the primacy of the love of God. By our mission we seek the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation and the arts, especially with people who are impoverished and marginalized. We offer this charism in service to the people of God.

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration: We Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration continue to strive to be a presence by witnessing to Gospel values, prophetically responding to the needs of contemporary society, and empowering ourselves and others to live the Gospel with hope and joy. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Poor Clare Nuns: We Poor Clare Nuns, a monastic contemplative community, witness to the Gospel life in our local Church, community and beyond, by living a life of prayer, poverty, community and joy. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Carmelite Sisters of Mary: We, the Carmelites Sisters of Mary, carrying within ourselves the ambiguities and sufferings of the Church, all humanity and creation, are called to stand before the Face of God in every moment, living the prayer of Jesus: ‘May they all be one.’ We offer this charism to the people of God.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet: We Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet are dedicated to furthering the mission of Jesus in ways that heal and reconcile, serve all persons without distinction, recognize and defend the human dignity of all, and promote justice with a particular concern for the poor. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Missionaries of Charity: The Missionaries of Charity’s aim is to quench the infinite thirst for Jesus Christ on the Cross for love of souls by the profession of the evangelical counsels and whole hearted and free service to the poorest of the poor according to the Constitution. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church: Together with Mary, the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church communicate the knowledge, love and hope of the Risen Christ through communal charity and joyful evangelization. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude: We Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude seek God by praying and working together and sharing our gifts of hospitality, liturgical prayer, retreats and education as we strive to meet the needs of the times. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Sisters for Christian Community: We Sisters of Christian Community are comprised primarily of Sisters who have left other religious communities. Each Sister is free to use her individual gifts to foster the Gospel teachings. Our motto is “That All May Be One,” excluding no one and embracing the world. We offer this charism to the people of God.

Sister Rose Therese Smith: As a consecrated virgin and hermit, I am called to joyfully follow Jesus in simplicity, prayer and contemplative service for the needs of the diocese, the Church and all God’s people.


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