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Benedictines host annual religious convocation

Benedictines host annual religious convocation - (25-10-2011)

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration hosted the annual Convocation for Religious for both men and women of the Diocese of Tucson on Oct. 22.

Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T., author and consultant on collaborative ministry, personal development and leadership, presented “Models for the Gift of Discernment in Religious Communities.”

“He focused on recognizing our giftedness by our communities by giving us a model for gift discernment,” Sister Kathleen Clare Lahl, OSB said. “He also addressed the stages in the development of a community and walked us through the realities of anger management, forgiveness and reconciliation.”

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas shared news from his office, addressed questions and concerns then finished by presiding at Mass in the Benedictine Monastery chapel.

“So many of the men and women religious seem to be approaching the point of burnout with the pressures and conflicts experienced with their various ministries,” Sister Kathleen Clare said. “The day was so uplifting and provided a lot of good, helpful input.”

Photo: Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T. (standing) presents at the Diocese of Tucson's annual convocation for religious hosted by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.