We will be highlighting this reflection in four parts in upcoming blogs on At Wisdom’s Table. Part 1 starts below:
Wisdom House at 65
“We realize that we are always evolving…”Everything evolves: people, places, things and even our mission and ministries. One ministry that evolved in the past 65 years is Wisdom House Retreat Center in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA. This ministry of the Province of the United States of America evolved from the Canadian novitiate. In 1949, Mary Immaculate Novitiate was founded in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA, to welcome women discerning a vocation to religious life with the Daughters of Wisdom. Beginning with five postulants in a New England Farm House, the novitiate expanded in a few years into a larger, monastic style center.
With the growth in membership, the novitiate evolved to include a Juniorate and Seat of Wisdom College to better prepare sisters for ministry. The great ecclesial revolution of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s brought about a continued evolution. With the decrease of new members to the formation community, a crisis loomed: What to do with the growing vacancies in the formation buildings and how to move forward in fidelity to the charism?
Part 2 will be featured in the August 11 blog.