1.Opportunities for leadership. Let’s face it, when
opportunities for women were fewer,
women religious were some of the
first female CEOs and have been running schools, hospitals, non-profits,
and all kinds of other organizations
for years. This is in addition to managing the affairs of their own congregations at the same time.
My own sisters have managed
hospitals and schools in Mississippi,
Tennessee, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Sister Camille Guzman is one such
sister who was the administrator of
Marymount Hospital in Cleveland,
Ohio for many years, earning the
respect of her male counterparts at
other hospitals with her knowledge
As a young person in religious
life there are plenty of opportunities
to hone your leadership skills within
your congregation, your ministry, and
your community-sponsored institutions—if you take advantage of them.
I have been part of my community’s
social justice commission and have
actively participated in my community’s chapter process (by which we
elect leaders and set our direction).
2.Encouragement to be your best self. In my experience
with community, my sisters expect
the best from me. They do not expect perfection, but they really want
me to give all aspects of my life due
attention. If I’m not contributing to
community the way they think I am
capable, they will call me out on it
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