On Friday evening my congregation of Dominican Sisters began our 2006 Chapter of Affairs.  We are meeting for a week of prayer, reflection, discussion, challenge, and hope building.  We meet like this every three years and this year we have the blessing of being visited and having Mass with the Master of the Dominican Order, Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP, who happens to be in the West visiting the Friars over whom he has leadership. 

While Sister congregations are not directly under his authority, we all respect and look to him as a spiritual father in our Order.  We are truly blessed to have him here as we are challenging ourselves to look to the future of our congregation as well as the future of the order. 

I will be praying for all our collaboritive efforts as Dominicans, as Catholics, as Christians, as Children of God.  (I hope you find yourself in there somewhere!  I certainly do.)  Happy Father’s Day.