Each year, our sisters come together from the mission convents across the country for a community vacation, spending some time together in nature and strengthening fraternal charity. Our founder, Fr. Buela, established this time of convivencia to allow the members of our missionary religious family to experience the awe and beauty of nature, to go camping, to do sports, etc. in order to grow in virtue, especially in the formation of the will. Our communities must truly be families, showing others the immense joy of being a Christian by our love for one another. This period of rest from apostolic activity prepares our souls and our bodies for another year of labor in God’s vineyard.
“At the end of July, we left the heat of our missions in Spanish Harlem, Brooklyn, north Philadelphia, Avondale, inner city Bridgeport, Toronto, and California, to begin our road trip from New York City to the Rocky Mountains. There was a brief stop in Chicago at the new IVE parish of St. Francis of Assisi, as well as a chance to visit some of the families of our Midwestern sisters. Finally after several days of driving, we arrived at the foot of the tallest peaks in the continental United States and pitched our tents. While in Northern Colorado we also visited the Benedictine Sisters of the Abbey of St. Walburga. One of the most beautiful moments of convivencia is the opportunity to have Holy Mass celebrated by our chaplain on top of one of the mountains.”
We give thanks to our Blessed Mother for this time of convivencia to grow in our community life while enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.