State Bishops, Sisters share ideas on pastoral needs

The Wisconsin Catholic Conference in collaboration with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Region 9 (state of Wisconsin) sponsored a gathering of the Bishops of the five Wisconsin dioceses and Women Religious in congregational leadership.  Sister Jane Riha was among the 21 people to participate in the afternoon of dialogue and sharing on Oct. 30, 2012, at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee.

The purpose of the conversation was to share perspectives regarding the pastoral needs of the Church in Wisconsin and ways to work together to meet those needs.  A sense of mutuality and respect for one another was evident as the Bishops and Sisters met in both small-group and large-group sharing sessions.  The participants considered how Bishops and Sisters can be more unified in serving the Church.  They reflected on how to foster deeper dialogue and a positive view of leadership in the Church.

A plethora of ideas for continuing a mutual relationship with one another were surfaced during the sessions.  The gathering concluded with evening prayer in the seminary chapel followed by a meal.

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Serving the Church:  Sister Jane Riha, standing far right, represented the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross at the meeting of Wisconsin's bishops and women religious.