I pray all of you are safe and well. It is a pleasure to reach out to you via our newly updated website. We hope that this site will inform and inspire you about us and the important work we are engaged in around the world. Since accepting the position of leadership for the SSS, I have felt that I am where I’m supposed to be. Becoming General Director has been a dramatic shift from my prior ministry as a community organizer. Yet I’ve had a continual sense that the SSS, going forth from our 2019 Chapter, experienced together a powerful awareness of the Holy Spirit among us, and a renewed energy and vision to faithfully carry our charism into the future. I’m delighted to have as members of the new Council – Sisters Celeste, Chris, Albertina, and Marie. Together we have begun to discern and develop our plans to best serve the community as elected leaders.
Sr. Maribeth Larkin, General Director
The emergence of the global pandemic has highlighted our realization that as the human family across the globe, we have to pay more attention to our collective vulnerability and our capacity to help one another. In order to be able to slow down, shelter at home and change our daily protocols to stay healthy, we’ve learned to attend much more directly to the needs of each other. This pandemic has changed our scope of vision, recognizing that what we’re going through at home, is connecting us more and making it possible for us to be so much more attentive to the needs of the world
In these changing times, we SSS are doing things differently. We recently held a virtual retreat about St. Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine theologian and mystic. Among her many credits was her sense of caring for nature and describing our place in the natural order of the world. Many of her teachings parallel those that Pope Francis teaches in Laudate Si; calling us to assume personal responsibility for preserving and caring for our planet. What made this retreat all the richer was that it was live-streamed, so our sisters from across the world were invited to participate along with those who live locally in the LA area.
I look forward to the end of the pandemic. I look hopefully to a transformation in civil society in the US as we attempt to reckon with the blatant racism and brutality which undermines the well-being of our diverse populations, and especially our African American brothers and sisters. I welcome the new challenges of Sisters of Social Service in our ministries with the poor and marginalized in this time of great suffering for all, but especially those at the margins of society.
I am aware than nothing we do as Sisters of Social Service is possible without the ongoing support and encouragement of our Auxiliary, our Associates, our Partners in Ministry, and our generous benefactors. I am enormously grateful that we are all in this together and that by the grace of the Spirit our mission will continue to flourish.
May the Holy Spirit continue to comfort and bless us all,
Sister Maribeth Larkin, General Director