This year’s recommitment for us, San Antonio Incarnate Word Associates, was a very special moment – an experience of being “surprised” by the Holy Spirit, with our Associates’ recommitment preceded by the sisters’ renewal of religious vows during the 11:30 mass at the St. Joseph’s Chapel. It was an experience of a living spirituality that bonds and binds Incarnate Word sisters and Incarnate Word associates.
The warm gathering of sisters, associates, and friends at the Generalate was truly a celebration in many ways:
- Although not many could come to make their recommitment with us, three out of the four associate communities were represented: Caritas Community represented by Pat Klar and Marina Reyes-Talmo; Holy Spirit Community by Saundra Watts, Enedina Martinez, Cynthia Carr, and Mary Alice Flores; and Clarion Community by Lorraine Ewers and Beth Swofford. The sisters who had been walking with our communities celebrated the moment with us; they were Sr. Feliz Mejia, Sr. Consuelo Urrutia, Sr. Margaret Mannion, and Sr. Elia Rosas.
- Two ladies who had been coming to formation sessions with us were with us and are currently preparing to make their first commitment; they are Letty Esquivel and Linda Monk.
- We had two guests, Farah Nadela-Bastillas and Rosie Cortez, who expressed their intention to join our communities as associates.
- We were graced with two special moms, a mother of an associate and a mother of a CCVI, Mrs. Carr and Mrs. Mejia respectively.
The fellowship meal provided us the opportunity celebrate, welcome new would-be members, and share experiences and dreams for a more vibrant life in living incarnational spirituality together with all associate communities. What a beautiful day of celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation and the Feast of the CCVI’s!
By Marina Reyes-Talmo, Ph.D., Member, Caritas Community