This past weekend the CDN novices joined 30 some other Younger Dominican Sisters in Freemont, CA at the motherhouse of the Mission San Jose sisters. Not only was it exciting to go to California during my novitiate year but I loved meeting other Dominicans who were close to my age wherever they were in their formation. The criteria was that a woman be 45 years old or younger and a Dominican who’s motherhouse is in North America, even if the sister was from a different country. We spent time getting to know each other, having fun, seeing San Francisco, praying and of course having good food. But one of the main reasons we were called together by a conference of our Superiors was to form relationships and start to vision for the future. Through conversations at our tables we looked at what brought us to Dominican Religious Life, what difference it makes that there are younger Dominican sisters, and where do we go from the conference with what we have learned and shared. We don’t have all the answers by any means, but we have made a start and each community brainstormed how they could get the word out about our presence and about what we had energy around at the conference. Our ideas included international dialogue (and possible trips), enhanced communication within the country through technology, collaboration between communities, and future ways of gathering with our peers.I know I am not being very specific, but that is because I am still processing it in my own head…still deciding what I commit to do to keep the fire going as I am clothed in the Gospel.