Typically a number of Sisters of Notre Dame move to a new residence in the summer, usually due to a change in a place of ministry. A sister, for example, may be a teacher in one town but becomes a pastoral minister in another town. A change may derive from health reasons or the need for a particular sister in a residence that needs her skills. Just as a family welcomes a new member, our residences do the same. We zig and zag to make room, accommodate, change our ways of doing things, and live daily life with new perspectives. We form a new unity, a new community in which each member is a sacrament of God’s presence. The same is true when a sister leaves a house. Whether the community increases or decreases in number, no matter which sisters comprise the residence, every community is a community for mission. Each community seeks to give witness to the presence of the Lord among them.

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