One of the benefits of celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life is that religious communities have been exchanging visits and getting to know each other and their charisms. On Friday we were so happy to welcome Sr. Brittany, FMA, and the Salesian aspirants who reside here in New Jersey and having the visit on the feast of St. Joseph meant cookies!
Sr. Mary Martin gave a short presentation on the history of the Order and our vocation as contemplative Nuns. This was followed by questions and answers as they got to know more about us and we got to know more about the Salesian charism and mission. St. John Bosco is a great heavenly friend to many so they were not strangers but many of us didn't know so much about St. Maria Domenica Mazzerello, foundress of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, known popularly as the Salesian Sisters. We like that St. Dominic was her patron! Our prayers are with these newest shoots growing in the Salesian garden and we pray for their holiness and increase in numbers! Come again, Sisters! It was a delight to be together!