Dear Sisters in Christ,
It has been a whirlwind since I last wrote to you! We wrapped up the five virtual retreats, held regional and worldwide discernment processes, welcomed several new team members, and kept the gears spinning on many MCCW projects and efforts. MCCW feels a bit like that image of the duck – calm and gliding across the water on top and kicking like crazy underwater to keep afloat and moving forward.
One of the things we are working on behind the scenes is our eventual return to in-person programming. Like you, we are very eager to re-connect and reunite in person. Also like you, we aren’t exactly sure when that will happen. We are working hard on plans for both our European Regional Retreat this fall and for Forum 2022 next spring so that we will be ready to gather with you as soon as it is possible. (On that note – be watching our social media next month for some teasers on the Forum location, and stay tuned late in June for the BIG announcement.)
We have also been looking at the best ways to connect, unite, and inspire our sisters in Christ in the Asian Region. Because of continued pandemic restrictions, our team has decided that the Asian Regional Retreat this year will be virtual, planning is underway for an amazing event. We’ve roped in AMS Auxiliary Bishop Muhm and we are putting into practice all the lessons learned from our virtual events last month to bring our sisters in the Asian Region an amazing retreat. More details to come soon!
In the meantime, our team has continued to find ways, both tested and new, to inspire you from afar. Read on to learn about a tried and true MCCW resource that will help your chapel-level women’s ministry plan the way forward. Also, find how we are planning to unite our global sisterhood in prayer for the AMS co-sponsored seminarians, our promised priests.
Finally, know that amid all of our frantic paddling, we are making time to pray for you. We pray for the individual intentions you share in our social media community, we pray for your ministries, and we pray for you as part of our global military family. Please keep us in your prayers, too!
Yours in Christ,
MCCW President, 2020-2022