Sisters of Bon Secours at World Youth Day
Sisters Invite Women to Learn More about Vocations
The Sisters of Bon Secours spent last week in
Sisters Pat Dowling and Elena Serrano met with young women from the Phillippines at the Vocation Fair in Madrid, Spain during World Youth Day 2011.
August 29, 2011-World Youth Day in Madrid, held August 15-21, was not only special this year because of the 1 million young adults that attended, but it also hosted a Vocation Fair. Sisters Pat Dowling, CBS, Vocation Director (USA), Elena Serrano, CBS (Peru) and Rosa Sanchez, CBS (South Africa) hosted a vocation booth there for the Sisters of Bon Secours. The Vocation Expo took place in the Parque del Retiro, a park comparable to Central Park in New York City. Despite the extreme heat wave in Madrid that week, the sisters were energized by the young adults who came to their booth.
"The energy and spirit of these young adults who have made their way to
Recent surveys of the newly ordained and those making their final religious profession indicate that at least 20 percent of them participated in a World Youth Day at one time or another (www.foryourvocation.org). Sisters Pat, Elena and Rosa were thrilled to have young women from
There was a lot of excitement around the highlight of WYD, the arrival of Pope Benedict XIV. The massive crowd of young people responded with loud enthusiasm as the Pope greeted them in many languages and gave his message. Sr. Pat reported that people were everywhere waving flags, singing and clapping. The spirit of the crowd was amazing and Sr. Pat commented, "There's nothing like being in a young crowd like this to give you hope for the church."
About the Sisters of Bon Secours: As an international congregation of Catholic sisters they have long had a heart for providing healthcare, social services and spiritual comfort to people in need since their inception in 1824 when they nursed the sick in their homes. Today, their holistic approach to caring for all of creation equips the Sisters of Bon Secours to spread wellness and God's love throughout the four corners of the world. For more information on discerning your vocation or becoming a nun, please visit http://www.bonsecoursvocations.org/, email: CBSVocations@bshsi.org or call 410-442-0267.
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