Jan Cebula, OSF, is a liaison for Global Sisters Report to women religious and organizations in the United States. She is a Sister of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa. She previously ministered as president of her congregation, a legal aid attorney and educator.
Preview: This past year Global Sisters Report columnists helped remind us of what is important, which is a blessing in our fast-paced world.
Global Sisters Report: At year’s end, we at GSR pause for our own gratitude review of the sister columnists who gave generously of themselves.
I still remember the shock I felt when reading an email that was forwarded to me on Jan. 30, 2009. I was the president of my community at the time. The email reported that a press release announcing the apostolic visitation of communities of women religious in the U.S. had just been issued. I didn't really know for certain what an apostolic visitation was or the ramifications of this announcement, but I sensed it was an ominous message.
"There is an urgent need for people to reclaim our democracy. Simply put, it is being threatened by big money," Sr. Simone Campbell said.