Three Rivers Converging: A Call to Faith, Identity, and Action was the theme for the National Association of Catholic Chaplains which was held in Pittsburgh, PA, April 13-16.
SM Teresa Mielech, pastoral caregiver, Copernicus Lodge in Ontario, Canada, and S Barbara Marie Brylka, pastoral care services, Villa St. Francis in Milwaukee, WI, had the privilege to attend this conference, hoping to be renewed and refreshed in their call to the ministry of chaplaincy.
Being called by God to be Christ for others and to be prophetic witnesses, the distinguished plenary speakers Father Donald J. Goergen, OP, Ph.D., Father Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, M.D., Neomi DeAnda, Ph.D., and S Carol Keehan, DC, RN, M.S. broke open these words and the vision of being called.
They reminded their audience that “Our call engages our identity as a people of faith, chosen and sent forth. We are called to be renewed in Christ Jesus, to hear the gospel anew, and to reclaim our identity as servants of God who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church.
“Through our presence and participation, we have been challenged to discuss and reflect more deeply on how faith, identity, and action come together.”
Sister Barbara said, “The plenary speakers, together with the individual workshops, other events during the conference, prayer and ritual truly lifted everyone’s spirits and strengthened us for the work ahead. As the image of the three rivers of Faith, Identity, and Action converge in our call, we embrace the invitation to be ministers of the Church, professional spiritual care providers, and people of hope.”