Feb. 24, 2014 – Poor Clares, Single Life and Women’s Conference

Sr. John Mark Maria pictured here at the Nun Run joins us today along with Sr. Mary Fidelis. Courtesy Photo.

Sr. John Mark Maria pictured here at the Nun Run joins us today along with Sr. Mary Fidelis. Courtesy Photo.

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This week, Sr. Mary Fidelis and Sr. John Mark Maria of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration give us an update on their monastery, invite us to the Nun Run and help us draw into a more contemplative Lent. Fr. William Kosco, pastor at St. Henry in Buckeye talks about discerning a single life. Rhapsody Canepa, president of the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women shares about the council and upcoming conference. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted reflects on John the Baptist in his weekly message.

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2 thoughts on “Feb. 24, 2014 – Poor Clares, Single Life and Women’s Conference

  1. As a life-long Catholic who has never been married, I hoped to learn something from Dixon’s segment with Fr. Cosco.

    But instead, this segment made me angry right from the start. Dixon’s first question was “Are there a lot of people who choose to be single?”, and Father’s answer was “ummm… no” and a giggle. This reflects a general attitude in parishes that singles are abnormal. If you are unmarried and over about 30, you are practically invisible and not really welcome in most parish activities which are designed for families and children.

    Singles must do volunteer work in order to “prove” their worthiness for marriage? Singles focus on career, but married people do not?

    Sorry, but this interview showed a total lack of awareness for what life as a single Catholic (of any age) is like, and was just totally out of touch.

    Please pass these comments to Mr. Dixon. There are times like this, where I really question if this show represents the church that I belong to.

    • Hi Ed,
      Thank you for your feedback! You are a valuable member of the Church, the Catholic family. I am so thankful for the many single people in my parish. They offer themselves to the community in ways that I cannot right now as a wife and mother. In reflecting on this interview, Fr. Billy is saying that many likely are not choosing the single life – for most it is a transitional state (either before a call to the vocation of marriage or religious life or when widowed) in which one finds oneself. I believe Fr. Billy noted that “single” is the one vocation which we all experience at least once in our lives. I agree with you, and I think he noted, that specific activities for singles can be very difficult to find; however, in my experience, the more involved with your parish you are, the more you are embraced in activities across the board.

      In talking about service for the single person, it is not about making someone worthy for marriage. All of us – all of humanity, not just all Catholics – are called to make a gift of ourselves to others. In the religious life, that self-gift is at the service of the Church. Within a marriage, the self-gift is mutual between the spouses. Singles are still called to make a gift of themselves to others, but in service to the community. As Fr. Billy stated, this is incredibly broad and takes a lot of different forms, but the underlying point is that none of us should live for ourselves.

      We hope that you will continue to listen and provide feedback!

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