September 15, 2006

Intercommunity Novitiate Begins

Every Wednesday, starting last week, Pat and I have the opportunity to gather with novices from men's and women's orders from around the St. Louis area for an intercommunity novitiate experience. And what an experience it is! There are sixteen novices, plus directors. We are from Africa, Mexico, Vietnam, the Phillipines, and across the United States. The ages of the novices range from early twenties to mid-fifties. Students, lawyers, mothers, teachers... The first two gatherings have been primarily to get to know one another and to discuss the purpose of the program and our expectations. Future weeks will entail speakers, discussion, and reflection on various topics relative to our journeys. We laugh a lot! With such a diversity of culture and lived experience, I could sit, listen, and observe all day. I think our longest discussions over lunch on Wednesday were about people here bringing dogs into their houses and eating off each other's plates. I can't wait to see what next Wednesday will bring.

I am also including a picture from my community birthday celebration. A quarter of a century old! Some of the sisters here had never been to Fitz' before. We each split a dinner and could still hardly finish the root beer floats. Next time I'm going for the float first.



  1. Sounds wonderful! Also sounds like that root beer float was amazing too! Keep up the great work.
    -Alisha M.

  2. Sarah,

    Thanks for sharing with us and including us on your blog site.
    The picture looked like it put 120 lbs on me. I think I need to go on a diet (Ha, Ha). The content is great.
    Again Thanks.

    Dave (La Salette)

  3. I want some!