Pilgrimage Spreads the Charism of Catholic Health Initiatives: Pilgrims' Perspectives
Thousands arrived in St. Peter's Square to welcome the new Pope.
Member, Board of Stewardship Trustees
“The value of an international experience is that the light shines through a different prism. You see yourself, your group and the United States in different ways. Different skills become important and new learnings appear. When that happens in a group with a shared purpose, I think special bondings occur and participants tend to feel differently and more deeply about each other and the group. The specific memories I bring back from Rome and Paris involve a number of faces: the joy and anticipation as we learned that a new Pope was being named just outside our meeting room at the Vatican; the wisdom and humor of the Daughters of Charity curator as she explained their history in a language few of us speak, but all of us could understand; and the presence of a young Vietnamese priest who was training in French, but was called to lead our mass in English. Archbishop Franc Rode asked about the charism of Catholic Health Initiatives, given the individual charisms of the participating congregations: the journey to Rome and Paris was a small but important reinforcement of the charism of Catholic Health Initiatives.”
Barbara Hagedorn, SC
Participants in the pilgrimage to Rome, including (from left) Phyllis Hughes, RSM, PhD, and Maryanna Coyle, SC, members of the Board of Stewardship Trustees, and Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, senior vice president of advocacy, were among the thousands who arrived in St. Peter’s Square after the white smoke appeared and bells rang to announce the election of the new Pope.