Ministry

“Bringing the Good News” can take so many shapes. As Salvatorians, it takes almost any shape. For me, ministry has offered opportunities to share my abilities as an educator, leader,  and “techie.” My passion is in working alongside the anawim – an Old Testament word that refers to God’s people on the margins of our society. My ministry includes teaching (children through university); nonprofit leadership to serve the poor, disenfranchised, and cross-cultural communities; disability rights advocacy; and using technology for mission. Currently, I work in a virtual, three-dimensional, immersive world online, doing research on healthcare disparities that impact people with disabilities (www.HealthcareEquitability.org). My ministry also includes leadership as our Community participates in the Kateri Initiative, a pastoral initiative in South Dakota (www.glimpseGod.wordpress.com). And, I continue to teach, developing and implementing online curriculum that reaches hundreds each month.

As a Salvatorian Sister, ministry is all about responding to God’s call. It’s about understanding our gifts, and listening closely to learn of the needs of the world around us so that we can share those gifts – our abilities, talents, experiences, education, training, and energies – fully, and generously, and in ways that make the world a better place. If we want to use God-language, ministry is about actively working with others to “birth the Reign of God.”

For me, and for us Salvatorians, ministry is very much about justice. It is about working hard in service to collaboratively create a better world. We know that God has given each person a unique combination of gifts and abilities so that they can serve with joy. And, since God’s loving kindness extends to all, that is precisely whom we serve: all! We serve by all ways and means, always aware that we are called to BE God’s presence, and to also PERCEIVE God’s presence, among those we serve. That is why, for all of us, our ministry is also a gift that keeps deepening our own sense of God’s loving, transforming presence.

Sr. Patrice Colletti, SDS

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