Monday, November 26, 2012

Red Biretta

       On November 23, Pope Benedict XVI created six new Cardinals.  As he placed the red biretta on them, he reminded them that the red biretta was a symbol of a “life entrusted with the service of love:  love of God, church, and an unconditional love for your brothers and sisters, even to shedding of blood in martyrdom."
        The cardinals are asked to “serve with the transparency and wisdom of teachers, the energy and strength of shepherds, and the fidelity and courage of martyrs.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Thanksgiving Day reminds us to celebrate

             the bounty of the earth,

                    the gift of family and community,

                                     the presence of our


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Remembering Sr. Mary Antoinette, DW

On November 19, 1964, Daughter of Wisdom Sister Mary Antoinette became a martyr in the Congo.  Her life was honored in a prayer service in the Chapel of Wisdom House during the Casagrande Interfaith Institute on the theme of Martyrdom on October 27. Reflections by Sister Barbara O’Dea were given.  Those reflections are available here.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Coro Comes to Wisdom House

Participants in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs met at Wisdom House for their seminar in experiential learning, interactions with private, public and non-profit decision-makers, and development in analytical, group governance and communications skills. 

This is a graduate-level leadership program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public arena.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More and More

"Exodus is the permanent condition of the universe. It is always leaving itself behind to become more." 

Miriam Therese Mac Gillis, OP

Friday, November 9, 2012

Between Seasons Then Athena Arrived!

The Weather Channel announced that it would now name significant winter storms.

The first arrived on Nov. 8. She was named Athena.

In Greek mythology, Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom.

Appropriate for her to stop by here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

In the Company of Martyrs

An honoring of several contemporary women martyrs took place in the chapel of Wisdom House during the Casagrande Interfaith Institute on Saturday, October 27, 2012.  These were Maryknoll sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clark, lay missionary Jean Donovan and Ursuline sister Dorothy Kazel, murdered in El Salvador, 1980;  Notre Dame de Namur Sister Dorothy Stang, murdered in Brazil, 2006; and Daughter of Wisdom Sister Mary Antoinette, murdered in the Congo, 1964. This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Sister Mary Antoinette's birth.

An interpretive dance was done by Judith Ehrman Shapiro, the song "The Rose" was sung by Helen Falcone, and a poetic tribute to Sister Mary Antoinette, written by author Edwina Gateley, was  read by Davyne Verstandig, Ann Gray, DW, and  Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP. The prayer service was titled, "In The Company of Martyrs."