A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Fr. Joseph Healey, a Maryknoll priest presently working in Nairobi. Fr. Healey is an avid promoter of Small Christian Communities in Africa and around the world. He has collaborated with Bernard Lee, SM and Bob Moriarty, SM. He recently visited Tony and Beth Garascia and the Shekan MLC in South Bend, IN and shared his present research into online SCCs. Tony told him of the Our Lady of the Round Table community, and he wanted to know more. We had a lovely email conversation that sparked a lively dialogue among the OLRT members.
Fr. Healey`s energy and passion for the gift of Small Christian Communities is inspiring. And, our international connections are awesome. Chris, a member of OLRT, found out that her dear Maryknoll Sister friend is a good friend of his. Lorna, our member in Nairobi, went to visit him within days and began sharing the MLC experience in Nairobi with youth from the Our Lady of the Visitation parish. This was all shared on the smallchristiancommunities.org web-site and the SCC Facebook page. An interesting aspect of this initiative is it`s invitation to be part of an online SCC, using a closed Facebook page. New methods for new times, indeed!
A surprising off-shoot from the energy of these past weeks is a new Blog from the Our Lady of the Round Table MLC. We have been sharing our daily lectio prayers for over five years. We discussed collecting some of our prayers into a book. But, the task seemed too onerous….there was too many prayers, and they kept piling up each day! The idea came to share our online prayer experience with others through a daily blog. The format is simple – one member`s prayer will be posted daily. No personal sharing or prayer intentions will be posted, to respect the confidentiality of the community. Our hope is that it will encourage others to pray the daily readings with us, and perhaps share their prayers, also. We also hope that it will provide a wee window into our online SCC as we learn more about this growing phenomenon around the world.
I invite you to visit us at http://ourladyoftheroundtable.wordpress.com/ .