Week of August 24th – Who Am I?

Who am I ?

It is a question often asked. Often people embark on various experiences in order to discover who they are or to “find themselves.” Perhaps it is going to college or going on a pilgrimage, a solitary camping experience, or beginning a second career.

As human beings we also like to share our story – our beginnings, the milestone events in our lives, what we enjoy, etc.

Perhaps it is in the sharing of our stories that we come to know ourselves as well as the people who are a part of our lives.

Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:13 – 20).

There may be numerous reflections on why Jesus asks these questions, but could it be Jesus was discovering more about himself and his mission?

Over the course of this past week there were many events the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer experienced that continue to identify and give meaning and purpose to their lives and the lives of those who participate in their mission to contemplate, live, and proclaim the mystery of Redemption.

On Sunday, four young women arrived at the Provincialate to begin their year-long volunteer experience as Redeemer Ministry Corps (RMC) members. By the end of the week they were missioned and sent out to live in community, to share their faith, and to care for others in ministry with the Sisters, during a Mass. At this time they each read their “Mission Statements” of how they hope to experience this year. Their words helped us to get to know them and also affirmed our own mission as Sisters.

New Redeemer Ministry Corps members
New Redeemer Ministry Corps members
Blessing of new RMCs
Blessing of new RMCs

A former RMC visited from Germany with her mom this past week as well. It is always a gift when those who have been with us before take the time to return to visit and reconnect with those they have lived with and worked with. Again an affirmation that these experiences have touched all of our lives and are a part of who we are.

On Thursday, August 28th, the Sisters celebrated their Foundation Day – the day the Congregation was founded by Mother Alphonse Marie Eppinger in 1849 in Neiderbronn, Alsace-Lorraine, France. Such a day provides an opportunity to remember our roots and spirituality and to remember how we were drawn to participate in this mission.

Images of the original convent where the Congregation was founded
Images of the original convent where the Congregation was founded

On of the Sisters celebrated her Feastday on August 24th. Such a day is for recalling the Saint we are named after and to celebrate the unique gifts and presence of the Sister. Another opportunity to know ourselves and one another.

After 3 months, the Sisters returned to the Provincialate Chapel for the first Mass since renovations began in May. The Chapel is such a central part of our lives that it was with great joy that we could again celebrate Eucharist together in this sacred place. It is part of who we are as a community of faith.

new chapel

As you begin this new week perhaps you can pause to give thanks for all the people, the experiences, and your faith that help you know who you are and your special purpose.