Sister Clara on Guam for retreats

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The Archdiocese of Agana Golden Jubilee Executive Committee and the Organizing Committee for the Consecrated Life events are pleased to welcome Sr. Maria Clara Kreis of the Sisters of Divine Providence (CDP).

Sister Clara will facilitate a three-day retreat this weekend, May 13 – 15 for our religious women, men, in consecrated life and for diocesan clergy.

The theme of the retreat is “Consecrated Life: Its Core Values & Meaning for a Global World.”

Sister Clara is a native of Germany, where she was inspired by the Sisters of Divine Providence to commit herself to religious life.

As an early childhood educator, Sister Clara served children and youth in various German Catholic institutions. In response to an invitation to live in an international community with the U.S. Sisters, expressed by the leadership teams of the German and U.S. provinces, Sister Clara immigrated to Pittsburgh in 1998. It was there that her commitment to the Congregation’s charism and mission was strengthened. Passionate about religious life, her dissertation focus was on the design of the “Life Satisfaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious” (LSSAWR), and included three studies that she conducted in 2008. The LSSAWR can be used for the assessment of satisfaction and the planning of a future direction among women religious.

Sister Clara received her Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2010 and completed her postdoctoral residency at the University of Pittsburgh. As a licensed psychologist, Sister Clara serves as assistant director and outreach coordinator at Duquesne University’s Counseling and Wellbeing Center and in private practice.

When asked what she hoped to accomplish with the Consecrated Life Retreat, Sister Clara responded, “For the vowed religious and (priests), I hope that we all will be open and inspired by the Holy Spirit during this weekend. To celebrate our chosen life form while also reflecting if we are living what we proclaim to be; namely being deeply rooted in the love for the Lord and the desire to be of service to others. For the women religious that they have an experience like the sacred sharing between Mary and Elizabeth; and for the men, to be blessed among women.”

Sister Clara will also facilitate the Women’s Retreat on May 21. The theme is: “A Visit with the Woman at the Well.” This retreat is for any woman, 18 or above, who desires spiritual refreshment!

Sister Clara hopes “that the women will leave transformed by each other and that this retreat will help them to feel a stronger commitment and a deeper joy to whatever lifestyle they have chosen.”

“For example, to be like the Samaritan woman at the well …….who finds her thirst for a deeper meaning in life stilled as she meets Jesus, the water of life,” added Sister Clara.

“Meeting Jesus has helped her to BE and made her heart overflow as she glorifies the Lord and proclaims his presence in our life.”