MINISTRY OF MOTHERS SHARING
The impact of Ministry of Mothers Sharing runs wide and deep.
Women from coast to coast have had their lives enriched.
Families feel the impact as women claim their own sacredness and gifts
and share with those whose lives they touch.
"...women who have participated in Ministry of Mothers Sharing have a deep sense of their call to holiness and a commitment to grow..."
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"...it was like every word had been written just for me..."
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“Ministry of Mothers Sharing is a marvelous Ministry for all women – grandmothers included—designed to enrich our lives as we journey on to the kingdom. Sharing life's experiences is sacred and wholesome. This is a gift we can give ourselves and each other".
"Thank you for Ministry of Mothers Sharing. Know that with God's grace, the Ministry is helping to change the world."
"The 8 Week Session was the best thing I did for myself and my family."
"I joined Ministry of Mothers Sharing and was profoundly changed. My first 8 Week Session took my faith off of 'simmer' and turned it up to a 'boil'!"
“Ministry of Mothers Sharing is a wonderful blessing in my life. I wanted a way to connect with other women in the church and was concerned that being a single mom would make it difficult. The Ministry was so unique, so welcoming; really the right fit. About half the women I met during the 8 Week Session still gather-- women older than me, younger than me, even a new mom -- and we all connect on a deep level. Each time we meet, we recognize what a blessing the Ministry is. We do not look like a group that would naturally come together. Many of us are at very different stages of life, different economic backgrounds, and the ages of our children vary quite a bit. But we all share a spiritual bond and support. It is very, very special.”
"We had been told Ministry of Mothers Sharing was life-changing. We have now experienced the Ministry and we agree. The deep spirituality that women experience has left them asking for more!"
"This experience has renewed my spirit and helped me to continue to become what God has intended me to be."
"Ministry of Mothers Sharing centered me by bringing patience to my soul."
"The Ministry truly makes God the center of my family."
"I could not live without the love, compassion, and care of these women. By the grace of God and the Holy Spirit we were brought together one January night 11 years ago and have grown in spirituality, womanhood, friendship, and love because of Ministry of Mothers Sharing. We are kindred spirits. I would not be coping with the struggles of my life if it were not for the Ministry."
"I truly have not thought of another profound experience—other than my marriage and the birth of my children—than the spiritual tranquility and peace I have felt through this Ministry and from this Monastery."
"The level of deep personal, spiritual peace, tranquility, calm, and inspiration that I’ve received as a benefit from participating in the Ministry of Mothers Sharing National Training & Conference in St. Paul is more amazing than I am able to put into words. From my first encounter with the Ministry in my own community to this final day of this training, my entire experience has been amazing. This Ministry is vital to the transformation of our society. I invite any woman to learn more about Ministry of Mothers Sharing through a local contact, or visiting the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Paul’s’ Monastery. The hospitality is unparalleled.”
"This brings a focus & vision to my life as a child of God, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, & friend.”
"Ministry of Mothers Sharing continues to have a positive impact on the women of our parish."
"My faith was rejuvenated and I was thirsty for more. With the grace of God and the opportunities presented by Ministry of Mothers Sharing,I strongly feel I have walked through the open door to a new life. I spend more time in prayer, I share a deeper faith with my family, I look for opportunities to volunteer and help others, and I find myself doing it with great joy!"
"I participated in an 8 Week Session of Ministry of Mothers Sharing and found it to be so helpful. It was a fabulous time of growth and centering myself in Scripture."
"I love how the 8 Week Session moves you forward in your life."
"As the staff person responsible for Ministry of Mothers Sharing since it began in our parish 16 years ago, I was thrilled when the On the Journey Retreat Series became available for our use. As a leadership team, we made the decision to offer the same retreat during Lent and Advent each year. This year we offered to all women of our parish the retreat entitled Emptying Your Cup: Finding Peace through Letting Go. Both times of its offering we had full participation. Most recently we finished our Advent offering. As I watched the women who came and share their lives with each other, one could not help but feel the presence of our God among us. The hunger to pause in the busyness, to gather with women of faith, to have now a tangible symbol (a cup) to pray with as a reminder that sometimes our lives get too full of 'stuff'. Thank you for providing the materials. They are well written and easy to follow. I would highly recommend implementing these opportunities for women in your parishes."
"I really have enjoyed my Ministry of Mothers Sharing group and everything that has been offered through the Ministry. It has provided growth in myself and a great support system."
"I have truly been blessed to be a part of this Ministry since its beginning. Thank you."
"The women in our community find it very enriching and supportive. Leaders are generous and willing to put in time to serve Ministry of Mothers Sharing."
"I believe that Ministry of Mothers Sharing is truly empowering. As a result of attending back in 2007, I fulfilled my goal of becoming a Secular Franciscan as I was professed a member in 2009. The Ministry has impacted so many women and changed them for the better."
I just want more of it!"
"The 8 Week Session changed my life and family for the better. I just completed being facilitator for an 8 Week Session and this was a beautiful walk with God. It is truly amazing to me how God wraps His arms around us. I feel so blessed to have gone thru Ministry of Mothers Sharing."
"I am proud that we have had Ministry of Mothers Sharing in our parish since 1996, and it continues to be a powerful experience for all women. I was one of two who began the Ministry in our community and when my leadership partner died unexpectedly in 2000, God blessed me with the ability to continue on with a wonderful leadership team. It has flourished. Women get involved in so many areas of our parish after the experience of the Ministry.
"Everyone who attended the 8 Week Session said it was a wonderful and growing experience."
"The bond I share with the women who took the journey (8 Week Session) with me is like none I've ever had. I discovered grace because of the Ministry and I see it daily now. I became a better person, mother, and wife because of this ministry."
"We have really enjoyed this Ministry and feel it has helped the women who were able to attend our first 8 Week Session discern their places in our church community. They shared so much of themselves; for some it was a healing experience also."
"I have fallen in love with my Lord all over again through his mother Mary. I recently started praying the rosary several times a week if not daily and I have seen the affects it has had in my life."
"Ministry of Mothers Sharing has been a success. Women who were new to our community are connected in a way that would not have happened without it."
"Honestly, I signed up for the Choice-making Retreat because I felt a friend of mine really needed it and I was going with her. At the last minute, she couldn't go, and I almost stayed home, too. I had a lot to do and it seemed crazy to spend three hours on the retreat when my to-do list was so long. I did go, and I am so glad I did. The women leading the retreat helped me take some time for myself and clarify the priorities in my life. I left a calmer, more centered woman ready to do the things I'd decided really mattered to our family and leave the rest behind. Thanks for a wonderful experience!"