Since offering a year of monthly gatherings of prayer and reflection in 2015, we have evolved into a Band of Sisters - a community of people - who continue to gather throughout the year to grow in our love of God and others.
The Band of Sisters is a group of women dedicated to providing opportunities for people of faith, especially women, to gather in a prayerful setting in order to learn about and share their experiences of faith. Our goal is to form and encourage a Christian community of women who seek to grow spiritually. While we are of the Christian tradition, we welcome people of all faiths. Our gatherings include days of reflection, retreats, and opportunities to serve others in need.
What we have been up to recently…
We walked the labyrinth during the Easter Season.
We met up on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 10a-12:30p at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh. Our picnic lunches were packed and we joined together as the Band of Sisters for a labyrinth walk, a time of sharing, and lunch by the prayer garden. Ann O’Hara led us in this prayerful time.
The Band of Sisters gathered for a five-week series using “Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton”. Sessions included reading, reflection, sharing, and silent prayer. Series began on Wednesday, March 13, 10:30-noon at St. Francis in Raleigh (Founders Room) and continued on Wednesdays, same time and place, until April 10. Each session was followed by a light soup lunch which participants graciously provided.
We eased into Lent and journeyed through the season practicing Contemplative Yoga - using gentle movement, Gospel reflection, and faith sharing. Beginning February 26 and running for five Tuesdays, we gathered from 9:30-11:30am at Holy Infant in Durham. Barbara Brege led us. Yoga will continue after a bit of a Spring break…
Wise Women Also Came
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 — 9:30a-2:30p
Holy Infants Catholic Church
5000 Southpark Dr,
Our Annual Fall Retreat - October 2018
Walking the Labyrinth
"Go inward," say the sages. "Walk this winding road of wood to find your soul's sweet depth."
In early April, the Band of Sisters walked the labyrinth at Pullen Baptist Church. Ann O'Hara and Christine Miesowicz offered a lenten reflection, opportunities for prayer, and plenty of time to walk. They assisted us in exploring the labyrinth, provided a short history, and shared approaches to using a labyrinth as a prayer practice.
From Pullen's website: “A labyrinth can be thought of as a symbolic form of pilgrimage. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. In ancient times, many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Today walking a labyrinth is a spiritual experience. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools, and this is the purpose the Pullen labyrinth.
We are pleased to have a permanent labyrinth painted on the hardwood floor of the chapel. It is available for meditation and prayer on Sunday mornings during the Sunday school hour and upon request during the week.”
Following our time together, we shared lunch out - dutch treat.
Pysanky Eggs in Lent
We took a day in Lent and entered into a centuries-old tradition: the creation of Ukrainian Easter eggs. We learned the history and meaning of this art form and experienced the process of creating our very own pysanky eggs! Cindy FitzGerald gathered us in prayer—and continued to direct us in a joyful spirit as we learned the art of pysanky writing. Following step-by-step directions for making these beautiful eggs, we were able to develop our skills for layout, egg division, pattern design, and color sequences.
Note in the Pocket
This organization provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. Note in the Pocket believes it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school. Band of Sisters invited folks to meet up and work with Note in the Pocket to process incoming donations and outgoing orders.
Collaborating with Catholic Charities
Seven BOS volunteers joined the staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities Piedmont, located in Durham, to distribute over 125 Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Meals were donated by UNC Newman Center, St Thomas More YM, and Holy Cross. Additional food donations have restocked the food pantry.
Our first steps -
First begun as a response to Pope Francis' invitation to celebrate a Year of Consecrated Life, the Band of Sisters offered a day of reflection each month. These days provided a time to gather in prayer as we celebrated holy religious sisters and reflected on how their lives - consecrated to Christ - offered wisdom for our own lives as followers of Christ.
Click the picture to watch the short film about the Year of Consecrated Life.