Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pauline Cooperators in Culver City, CA

On the weekend of September 20-21, a group of twelve people attended the annual retreat for Pauline Cooperators in Culver City, CA, just outside Los Angeles. In the group were promised Cooperators, Cooperators in formation, and volunteers. I guided the retreat, while Brother Aloysius (Al) Milella, SSP, gave two presentations via recorded conferences on DVD.  

At the end of the retreat, each of the attendees shared what part of the retreat inspired them the most and it was amazing to hear the unique responses. Maria Siciliano, a member of the group in formation who will make her promises on November 23, said that the hour of adoration and the time of sharing were very meaningful to her. Jovy Lim, a longtime friend of the Daughters of St. Paul, was moved by Br. Al’s firsthand account of knowing Fr. James Alberione. He was in the room when Fr. Alberione passed away and he lovingly recounts that momentous event on the DVD. Teresa Connor, another member of the group in formation, said that the time set aside for quiet prayer really helped her to focus on deepening her spiritual life. 

Carol Anne Wright is a promised Cooperator who is housebound due to illness. We sent her the materials and the DVD so that she could participate from home. Upon receiving the package, she wrote: “Dear Sr. Marie James, the retreat folder and DVD arrived this afternoon. Thank you for sending it so quickly.  I have read through all of the materials and I am looking forward to watching the DVD a couple of times tomorrow. I guess you could say that I am thirsting for this Pauline retreat!”

The Culver City chapel was designed by Sr. Mary Stella, PDDM, and is named the “Chapel of Jesus Master.” The solemnity of Jesus, the Divine Master, is always celebrated on the last Sunday of October - this year, on October 26. The novena, which can be found on page 291 of the Pauline Prayerbook, begins on October 17. May Jesus, Divine Master grant us extra special blessings in this 100th anniversary year of our Pauline Foundation!

Christin Jezak, a promised Cooperator, Regina Aaron, a Cooperator in formation, and I staffed the booth at the Anaheim Religious Education Congress.  This year there were more than 35,000 people in attendance from all over the United States and even outside the United States such as Mexico, Guam, England, and Ireland.  The Society of St. Paul and the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master also had exhibit booths at the Anaheim Congress, so the Pauline Family was well represented!
Sr. Marie James Hunt entered the Daughters of St. Paul community in 1981 from Alexandria, VA. She received her M.A. in human resources from DePaul University in 2003 and served as provincial councilor of the Daughters' US/ESC province from 2008-2011. She is missioned in California, where she is the manager of the Pauline Books and Media Centers in Culver City and San Diego. Sr. Marie James is also the West Coast Coordinator of the Pauline Cooperators.

1 comment:

Association of Pauline Cooperators said...

What a great group! Thanks for the update.