Sr. Pat Farrell, OSF, gave the final keynote address at the annual Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly in Atlanta August 9-13. Sister Pat is a past president of LCWR.
Sr. Pat shared her personal experience with contemplation and leadership. “There was no drama to my contemplative time and I seldom talked about it,” said Sister Pat. “It filled a deep hunger in me personally and seemed to enable me to respond to leadership challenges with some depth and creativity. In the silence and solitude something gradually expanded in me. I was aware of a slowly-growing ability to be more compassionate, less reactive and judgmental.”
There were 800 participants that attended the assembly, including the Dubuque Franciscan Leadership Team. This year’s theme was “Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation.”