The College of Saint Mary Magdalen has a feature on its website about the Sodality of Mary, a group of female students who meet for prayer and spiritual discussions on a regular basis throughout the academic year.
Every other week, Debbie Harne, wife of Magdalen President Dr. George Harne, welcomes ladies from the College into her home for Sodality of Mary meetings. The group engages together in Lectio Divina, the reading and discussion of spiritual writings, a community meal, and a closing prayer of petition to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This academic year, the Sodality is focusing on a reading selection focusing on "the practical application of the Faith--in areas such as friendship, fashion, vocation, and dating."
The College reports:
One of the highlights of the Fall Semester this year was a visit by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. The Sisters joined the Sodality for the evening, sharing their thoughts on vocation, spiritual direction, and the importance of seeking Mary's help in our lives. During the meal together, they shared a snapshot of their lives, including the raising of chickens and the quieting of roosters.
Through the Sodality, the young women of the College are able to encourage one another as they seek to discern their vocations and to discuss the cultural challenges they face: chief among these is the decision of whether they will make God's priorities their own or whether they will allow themselves to be conformed to the priorities of the larger culture.
In one recent gathering of the Sodality, following the meal, the women explored questions about careers and motherhood, including the question, "What would a faithfully Catholic job fair for women look like?" In addition to the typical careers being represented--business, healthcare, education--the students proposed tables for religious sisters and experienced mothers. A lively discussion followed in which the women discussed how to navigate the opportunities of motherhood, a career, and the attractions of a religious community.
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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