Thank you, Sister Dorothy Feehan, BVM
It's late here, our first day of an active website, and I'm thinking of Sister Dot Feehan, BVM, now retired in Missoula, Montana. She has twinkling eyes and merry smiles, from her big Irish family back in the Chicago area. She has profound awareness that We Are the People of God, from her small-group 1960's work in parishes where she helped people to comprehend the radical (i.e., deep-rooted) truths of Vatican II. She has grounded experience of Jesus present 2000 years ago and in Spirit today, from co-leading retreat journeys through Galilee to Jerusalem. She has grit and grace and compassion and courage and diplomacy, from her discernment and travels in BVM leadership as she had to tell bishops that smaller numbers of Sisters could not support the same numbers of diocesan schools. She creates community wherever she is, by skillfully and gracefully inviting people to enter an environment of welcome, openness, inquiry, and blessing. In her 80s, she has stood in frigid vigils to witness for peace. She lives Incarnation daily - and, most amazing, she expects us to realize that we also carry God within us... and so we live differently. She has touched and changed my life, and my daughter's, and many more.
Part of her gift to me was an introduction to the publications and wisdom of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. And now I am privileged to stand in solidarity with LCWR - and (I hope forever) with Sister Dot.