Stephanie Searing Weiler was raised to know the importance of social justice, attending marches and protests with her mother as a child, and later asking herself what role God wanted her to play in helping the helpless.
These final weeks of the RCIA process, when the catechumen become “the elect” and prepare for initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, are meant to be periods of “purification and enlightenment.” But as the novel coronavirus began emerging as a serious threat to public health in the early weeks of March, it quickly became clear that this period would last much longer than anyone had anticipated.
Possessing a strong faith nourished by the vibrant devotional life of her family, Eleanore Dias puts her talents at the disposal of the Church, working with the Archdiocesan Intercultural Ministries to advance the Gospel message throughout the Asian and Pacific Islander Catholic communities.
Their answer was Courageous Communion: Daily Living for Quarantined Catholics, a website that offers not just spiritual resources but “a vision for how to approach this current situation,” said Pete Burds, director of the JPII office.
With the suspension of public Masses in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee necessitated by the coronavirus outbreak, the faithful are feeling a bit off-balance.