On being Matthew Crawley – Reflections on Leadership

GlobalSistersReportMy latest column has been posted on Global Sisters Report, in which I reflect on religious life through the lens of Downton Abbey, specifically comparing being a younger catholic sister in elected leadership to the experience of Matthew Crawley being the heir to the Earl of Grantham.

“There I was, sitting in the chapel with my Sister housemates, when I found myself thinking: ‘It’s almost as if I’m Matthew Crawley.’ … I am grateful for my random Matthew Crawley thought because it has helped me to come to grips with some of the responsibility I feel for the future. If I am honest, at times it is a heavy weight on my shoulders, as I suspect it is heavy on the shoulders of many younger members. How can we possibly follow in the footsteps of the women who answered the call of Vatican II so fearlessly? … “

Click here to read the entire column.

1 thought on “On being Matthew Crawley – Reflections on Leadership

  1. Greetings Susan, thank you for this Reflection. I will share it with our RCIA right after Easter as we talk about ministry in the church. I still believe that even with all the up’s and down’s in the church—that it is the Holy Spirit who is guiding us into another way of being community and Church. And—I believe it is the Sisters who will lead us into begin the Body of Christ—-because it is what the Sisters have done for centuries. Thank you!


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