Ancilla's Lampen Lecture: An Icon and an Ordinary Life

Thursday, 08 November 2012

Sister Linda Volk, PHJC presenting her lecture entitled "Meeting Catherine Again".

The second presentation of the Lampen Lecture series this fall given by Sister Linda Volk, PHJC was entitled Meeting Catherine Again. Catherine, also known as Blessed Catherine Kasper, is the foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Through the medium of a religious icon by Episcopal priest Peter Pearson, paralleled with examples drawn from her everyday life, Catherine Kasper was brought to life in a fresh and inviting way. The rich symbols of the icon highlighting Catherine’s holiness coupled with passages from her vulnerable human life allow Catherine to relate to our everyday lives. She strongly reminds us that our inner peace is not dependent on circumstance and that we all have the capacity to access and trust our own interior wisdom.

Sister Linda Volk’s presentation drew a capacity crowd of students, Ancilla’s faculty and staff, co-workers of the PHJC Ministry Center, Sisters, and PHJC Associates. “Blessed Catherine Kasper’s spirit guides all the ministries of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Meeting Catherine again and again keeps her spirit alive among us,” says Sister Carleen Wrasman, Coordinator of Mission Integration at Ancilla College.

The Lampen Lecture Series is held in Ancilla College room 231 and is a free presentation open to the public. The series was named for Sr. Joel Lampen, the first president of Ancilla College, who opened the doors of Ancilla to the local community.