December 20, 2016

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina hosts conference for women religious

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina hosted the 12th annual Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI) Statewide Conference for Women Religious in late November, providing a weekend filled with fellowship, learning and rejuvenation.

The conference focused on “The Face of Mercy,” based off of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Sister Ray Maria McNamara, RSM, was the keynote speaker at this year’s conference. She explored the meaning of mercy using classic images to portray God’s mercy. Feedback about Sr. Ray Maria’s presentation was extremely positive, with one participant saying, “Sister Ray Maria was wonderful. Her sharing of herself made the presentation, and her spirituality was so motivating. I want to go home and begin again my journey inward to go outward.”

Another highlight of the conference was when The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, joined the conference for an open discussion with conference participants. The foundation presented him with its Leadership in Diversity Award for illustrating exemplary performance in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Conference participants also enjoyed game night, which was filled with bingo, dancing, ice cream and prizes.

Many Sisters spoke highly of the weekend. One said, “This annual conference provides lots of encouragement and new life for us to continue our mission to the people of South Carolina. CMI ministers to the ministers. Thank you.”

To view photos from the 2016 CMI Conference, click here.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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