Our Lay Canossians in Albuquerque held their annual retreat, choosing for their theme, “Called to be Joyful in a Joyless World.” This year’s retreat was recorded so that it could be shared with our brother and sister Lay Canossians in other areas of our Province.
Here is a brief introduction. You will find the audio link below. Enjoy!
The purpose of choosing the theme, on joy, came about due to several things:
- At the last General Chapter of the Canossian Sisters set their plan for the next six years to journey with the theme, “Joyful and Prophetic Witnesses, so that the World may Believe.”
- At the time the Chapter Sisters were finishing their sessions, Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium was released. These themes truly appeared to be the work of the Holy Spirit in their timing, that the Sisters were able to tie into their post-chapter work some of the encyclical’s encouragement to live joyfully as prophetic witnesses.
- The preparation for the Lay Canossian Association’s International Congress – to take place in July 2016 – was also underway. And because we are a Canossian Lay Institute, with the desire to journey with our charismatic family have selected the theme of the Congress: “Inspice et Fac: In the Heart of the World with the Joy of the Gospel.”
We were privileged to have Sister Lisa Marie Doty, FdCC give our retreat on joy. We hope you enjoy the conferences as much as we did!
Part One of the three-part Retreat gives an overview and introduction to the context of what joy is and what it isn’t.
To begin, the retreatants were asked to make two lists:
- List the things you see in the world today that depress you, anger you, sadden you. You may try to think of things on three levels: personal – community – global.
- List where you have found goodness in the world.
In Part I, Sister Lisa Marie mentions a Handout on Sacred Scripture and Joy.
Take a moment and find a quiet place, say a prayer to the Holy Spirit, and click the arrow to begin…
Sr. Lisa Marie Doty entered as a postulant with the Canossian Sisters on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1998. After three years of initial formation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she made her First Profession of vows in 2001. She completed her studies in philosophy and pastoral theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) graduating with a bachelors degree in sacred theology and a masters in pastoral theology.
She currently serves as the Provincial Animator of the Association of Lay Canossians for the Province of Cristo Rey, North America, while serving as Director of Youth and Young Adults at Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Albuquerque, New Mexico.