Prayer Celebrating 175 Years

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God of all time
– the same yesterday, today and forever –
we give thanks for
Cornelia Connelly
and for all who have lived and ministered in
the Society of the Holy Child Jesus
over the last 175 years.
We give thanks for
all they received from you
in times of hardship and times of joy;
for their commitment to living out and making known
the reality of the Incarnation;
for their courage and creativity and constancy.

We pray that, today and tomorrow,
learning from Cornelia and all those who followed her,
and drawing on their rich heritage
each member of the Society
will continue to live in the same spirit of
freedom and fidelity
taking forward into the future
an uncompromising commitment to the gospel.

We pray too for
the Associates
and all who, across the world,
are inspired and encouraged by
Cornelia’s story and her vision.
Drawn by the Spirit in the same way she was,
may we continue to grow
as a united community of faith and service,
supporting one another in our mission,
inherited from Cornelia,
to witness to
God’s presence in our world and in our hearts.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, risen and present with us. Amen