As US Catholic sisters meet to discern their relationship with the church’s bishops, the archbishop given oversight of them by the Vatican told their annual assembly yesterday the Virgin Mary teaches the faithful to hand themselves over “completely to the will of God,” reports NCR.
Seattle Archbishop J Peter Sartain told some 825 sisters during a homily that Mary teaches it’s only in “submitting ourselves over to the one who made us … that we find fulfillment.”
“She shows to us … what God himself desires to do in us all and through the church when we let the grace of God overtake us without placing an obstacle between ourself and that grace,” he continued.
Sartain’s homily came on the third day of the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which is meeting until Friday.
LCWR, which represents about 80 percent of the some 57,000 US sisters, is meeting 18 months after the Vatican issued a sharp critique of the group and ordered Sartain to exercise control over its statutes and programs.
After meeting in a closed-door session this morning to discuss conversations LCWR leaders have had with Sartain in past months, LCWR members are to hear from the archbishop himself this afternoon. Members have been asked by LCWR leaders not to discuss Thursday’s meetings with members of the press.