As our Sisters in Formation took the tour of our Motherhouse and Motherhouse Chapel in Paris, France, a new type of reality became prevalent. Sister Bernie remarked:
It was like going back in time walking in the footsteps of the sisters who came before us.
The creaking of the floorboards brought into existence the realities of the strong and courageous women who took care of the poor, sick and dying. The walls and the furniture made the past real today.
The Bon Secours Chapel was the highlight of this two-hour tour. It was more exquisite and breathtaking than pictures or imagination portray.
We also had the opportunity to hear the vocation stories of the Peruvian, Irish, and English sisters and shared our stories.
The fascinating thing we found was that while the stories took place in different places, different countries, there were many common threads. Each story was an inspiring experience and lead us to feelings of closness and belonging to one international congregation.