Click here for the JP Alert from July 28, 2022, with the latest updates from justice, peace, and integrity of creation.
For a leader of a religious community, each day offers a new set of challenges. Some of these can be addressed quickly, while others will take time, patience, and more than a little bit of prayer. Sometimes we might thrive on tackling issues. At other times, we may find it
From the Executive Director With so many tragic events in our nation and world, it can be difficult to live in hope. Yet, that is exactly what we are called to do, especially in these days following Pentecost. Our hope is based on the belief that everything is not on
From the Executive Director During this part of the Easter season, we find the community of disciples in the Upper Room and elsewhere experiencing appearances of the Risen Christ. They are coming closer to being sent on mission. Before that happens, though, they deepen their encounter with Jesus in a
From the Executive Director Hope Lives! Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! In the midst of the Octave of Easter, we at CMSM wish you, Blessed Easter! If you find this greeting effusive, it is meant to be. We place our hope not in ourselves, but in the Risen One. Leaders
From the Executive Director Crises can cause unity. When a tragedy occurs, it is often a time when there is greater unity in a religious community. We see flashes of it at the moment, as many unite with brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Crises pass, though, “life moves on,” and
From the Executive Director Good formation of leaders of religious communities is not focused on simply building skills or knowing the latest and greatest management techniques. Fruitful leadership formation is focused on relationships – with Christ and with others. That may seem obvious, but often we do not step back
From the Executive Director During his annual address to the Roman Curia last month, Pope Francis emphasized the need for those in authority to serve humbly and co-responsibly. When discussing the themes of the 2023 Synod, he noted: “In the diversity of our roles and ministries, responsibilities will differ, yet
From the Executive Director We are approaching Gaudete Sunday. What do you have to rejoice about this year? Many moments of rejoicing in community have been curtailed over the last year and a half. Recently, more and more religious men are gathering for communal times of rejoicing, of grieving, and
From the Executive Director Leadership in a religious community does not simply happen. It requires a good combination of individual and collaborative work and prayer. Often, though, the reality of leaders tends toward a greater focus on work rather than prayer. Are there ways for us to change this dynamic?