What hasn't changed in 100 years?

Lisa Martin

1915 Dunlap, Iowa - Father Hanson with Sisters of the Humility of Mary
2015 Davenport, Iowa - Bishop Amos with Sisters of the Humility of Mary

The photographs above were taken 100 years apart. So very much has changed in that time. What I know that hasn't changed is the devotion of consecrated lives focused on prayer, service and community.

Consecration, in general, is an act by which a person is dedicated to the service and worship of God. Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 The Year of Consecrated Life (YCL). It's purpose, as stated by the Vatican, is to "make a grateful remembrance of the recent past, while embracing the future with hope and living the present with passion."

In the fall my favorite nuns, the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM), will host "Wake up the World" an Open House at the Humility of Mary Center for the public to visit and learn about consecrated life and how it encompasses men and women throughout the world. Visitors will  learn how CHM ministries are focused on prayer, service and community.

Throughout this special year the Davenport Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Messenger, has been focusing on YCL. The paper has featured a number of women and men living consecrated lives. For a glimpse of what it means to live a consecrated life as a Sister of the Humility of Mary follow the links below.

Sister Caridad Inda

Sister Margaretha Fitzgerald

Sister Mary Rehmann

Sister Penelope Wink