OSP IHM Gatherings

The Oblate Sisters of Providence and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Monroe, Immaculata, and Scranton, are planning their next gathering in Scranton for July 12-15, 2015.

In July 2005, “we gather to celebrate a moment of renewed courage, of risk acknowledged and accepted, of hope unchecked, of faith unfolding in our lives, and in witness to the healing that can take place in both our corporate and personal lives” (Virginia Pfau, IHM). “Each congregation operates out of a huge reservoir of grace. The opportunity to drink from someone else’s font at the same time that they drink from ours is so enriching and life-giving” (Jane Snyder, IHM). The spirit of this gathering sends a “message of creative hope, born in the crucible of shared foundational sufferings, and kept alive in the desire and the willingness to identify the tensions, to break down the barriers and stereotypes, to restore right relationships, and to maintain the dialogue of charity. Although our congregations represent a wide spectrum of diversity, they also represent and teach the possibility of peace and reconciliation - not only for and among themselves - but also for the purpose of making the redeeming love of Jesus Christ more visible in the Church and in the world” (Patricia Dailey, IHM).

The Oblate/IHM Logo shows a heart, central to the image, joining the congregations represented by four stars and the abbreviations of the congregation names. The "many stories" woven around "one heart" result in a "deep encounter to which we have been called resulting from the providential moment in Monroe in 1995" (Annette Beecham, OSP) that brought the congregations together after 150 years.

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