The following comes from an October 4 Catholic San Francisco article:
The Daughters of St. Paul, who have had a communications ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for almost 50 years, have announced they will establish a resident convent and bookstore facility in Menlo Park over the coming months. The sisters are calling the developing project their “Miracle on Middlefield” and if all goes as planned look to move in not far into 2017.
“We really need help,” said Pauline Sister Irene, who entered the congregation after graduating high school in 1969. “The building needs a lot of work and we are hoping for a few or more guardian angels who will help us with the expense.”
Six Pauline sisters here share the work of the bookstore as well as regular weekend evangelization outreach at parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and beyond. Some half dozen volunteers assist.
Sister Irene said the new facility has the room the sisters need as well as the opportunity for the sisters to live onsite. “After a hard day it will be so good to only go upstairs,” she said.
One hopes the Daughters of St Paul will “make it” in their new location: their old location on Geary St. was in an awful stretch of downtown SF.
But meanwhile, the Leadership Conference of Women’s Religious (LWCR) (the DSP are members), that infamous group that has successfully parried popes and cardinals for years, thwarting any needed reform, is meeting this weekend (10/14/16) in Anaheim:
The former president, Sr. Carol Zinn, of LWCR declaims, “Communities must embrace the shift in religious life.”
The cited LWCR story is a marvel of NewChurchSpeak, substituting “visionary” language for the reality, claiming Isaiah’s prophecy, “Behold I am doing something new”; hackneyed words like “focus on mission and charism”, a V2 mainstay; and my favorite, “Communities facing completion.” (=That means extinction, Sis. All on your watch.)
Then there is the marvelous excuse-language: “For those who are so worried about numbers, there’s this joy that God is in charge,” Zinn said. “It will go how God needs it to go.” (Really? God wants the extinction of His good works? Or maybe, God is telling you something.)
But the best line is the self-assured pronouncement at the end: “ ‘When the history and cultural context shifts,…
“ ‘When the history and cultural context shifts, guess what’s right behind it? The expression of religious life shifts to match it,’ Zinn said.”
Sister, the country and the culture is going to hell, and you are marching in tune with that pied piper