Sr. Anita Brenek, C.D.P. was one of nine children on a small family farm in Rosebud, Texas, where she was born. She didn't grow up in the city lights. Toward the end of her senior high school year she decided to become a nun and joined the Congregation of Divine Providence, and 2-1/2 years ago became the Associate Director of the Office of Vocations.
The consecrated life is dear to Sr. Brenek's heart, and she promotes it at every opportunity. Pope Francis designated The Year of Consecrated Life to begin on the First Sunday of Advent 2014, and will continue to February 2, 2016, The World Day of Consecrated life.
All Christians, by their baptism, are consecrated to God and the mission of Jesus. The vowed life is an expression of this consecration. We must have a grateful remembrance of the recent past, live the present with passion, and embrace the future with hope.
In the recent past, many religious orders were the pioneers that built our nation. In 1850 the Sisters of The Congregation of Divine Providence built 11 hospitals, 5 Indian schools, and many orphanages and colonies.
Sisters of all congregations contributed to our country. During the Civil War, sisters nursed the soldiers on the battlefield on both sides. Today, some work in more mainline church activities, such as in education, environmental activities, and supporting families, and promoting the church. Some sisters belong to orders of contemplative life.
New forms of consecrated life are now being developed to meet the needs of the future.
We are encouraged to learn more about consecrated life. Read The Texas Catholic Herald, participate in activities.
Pope Francis said, "In Jesus Christ joy is constantly forming anew."