Sisters and Women in Formation from Ridgley, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Elizabeth, New Jersey and St. Marys converged in Bristow, Virginia for the East Coast Formation Conference on October 16-18th. The topic was Diciples of Hope by Brother Loughlan (Lock) Scofield, S.T. There is so much I would like to share with you about this conference and the speaker but first just look at the picture. If you have a wise eye...you will note that we are all smiling...and yes..one can assume that we are all hopeful. Why you may ask is being a disciple of hope so important? Many of these women are the future of each of our houses...they are the faces of the Sisters who will minister to those who are hungry, thristy and need clothing and shelter. These are the communities, that witness to others what it means to live the gospel message everyday. It is through hope, that each and everyone of us can be comfortable with God's call in our lives. We can be a people of passion for our Monastic lives. Hope allows us to face our fears, share our joy and grow with God. It is not a life without conflict but a life that allows us to fail and be stronger and loved in that failure. As Mother Theresa said, "we are not called to success, we are called to be faithful". As Disciples of Hope, we have the freedom to fall, reflect, and learn what is being asked of each of us as we remain faithful to our Monastic way of life.