I am in Chicago for my graduation from Catholic Theological Union. The ceremony is this evening. I am looking forward to celebrating with classmates, faculty, family, and friends.
The last time I donned a graduation cap and gown, believe it or not, was almost 21 years ago. Now I get to add a velvet trimmed hood to the ensemble as I become the last Francois child in my generation to earn a Masters degree. Coincidentally, my nephew Conor already beat me to it so the next generation is on their way.
This morning I took one of my favorite Chicago walks by Lake Michigan. It is always nice to return to favorite places, especially ones that have become sacred spaces of memory, thought, and prayer.
The Chicago grad school chapter of my life is officially coming to a close. The leadership chapter of my life has already begun. And it is all part of a whole, weaving together threads of learning and practice, mission and ministry, trial and error, love and justice seeking, contemplation and action.
My time at CTU has been filled with many blessings. I have come to know my own Catholic tradition more deeply. I have grown in my identity as a Catholic Sister and in confidence as one seeks to share her gifts in following Jesus.
Sitting looking out at the wide expanse of Lake Michigan, I am filled with wonder, awe, and gratitude. God is good my friends. God is good.