Religious life still a radical response, says Sr Zinn

Sr Zinn

Sr Carol Zinn, former head of the US Women Religious, is sure that “2000-plus years out from the first group of early Christians one thing has not changed”, reports The Catholic Leader

“Religious life still remains as a radical response to the Gospel in a particular historical cultural context,” the Sister of St Joseph said in Brisbane while undertaking a series of lectures.

 “What does change is how religious life looks when that context shifts or evolves or moves on.

“If you take a long view of the Gospel continuing to be relevant to the world, then we’re about due for some expression of religious life that hasn’t been before.

“At least in countries like mine (the United States) and Australia, religious life is shifting from being a labour force for the institutional Church to becoming more like a leaven – there’s a definite shift from large institutions and large numbers of religious to smaller groups of religious.”

Sr Zinn, the former NGO representative of the Sisters of St Joseph to the United Nations and immediate past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, North America, was brought to Australia by Catholic Religious Australia.

Living with gratitude, hope and passion is the Sister of St Joseph’s overarching theme, in celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis in late 2014.

She delivered her Brisbane talks at the Good Samaritan Centre at Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, on June 30 and July 1.

Sr Zinn has a broad perspective on religious life from leadership roles within her congregation, the LCWR, and within the UN.

“I represented the congregation at the UN for 13 years,” she said.

FULL STORY Sister Zinn shares her wisdom

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