We, Holy Union women, are called to commit ourselves anew, in our beautiful but broken world, to share Jesus' promise of abundant life.
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
In an ever expanding wave of insight and knowledge, we are called to recognise and share God's love in the world in which we live today. We are invited to see God, present and active, in the holy mystery of the universe, waiting for us to play our part in the interdependence of all creation.
"Loving God, Mystery around us and within us,
we honour your presence in all of creation."
(Collegial Assembly document, 2011)
Our characteristic virtues inspire us to respond wholeheartedly to the needs of our times:
• Simplicity ~ We choose to live simple, uncluttered lives.
• Solitude ~ We nurture a contemplative attitude.
• Obedience ~ We foster personal and communal discernment for mission.
• Charity ~ We embrace all with compassion and reverence, especially the poor, the majority of whom are women and children.
Simplicity unifies our life; our one desire is to please God. From simplicity flows our obedience, a constant awareness of being sent to the world in Jesus' name to fulfill God's plan. By our charity we are an active presence of God's love. Through solitude and silence we allow the power of the Gospel to permeate our lives, and thus we enter more deeply into the mission of Christ. (Constitutions, Article 9)
Faithful to our name and charism of UNION, we seek throughout our lives to deepen our understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation, which impels us to reconcile all in Christ, ‘That all may be One.’ (John 17:21)
Called to be "at the heart of the world revealing God's love" (Constitutions art.1), we seek to respond to the needs of our beautiful but broken world and thus participate in the Church’s mission of healing and reconciliation.
In our choice of ministry we seek to serve many of the most deprived places
‘where injustice threatens women and children
and the integrity of creation’.
(General Chapter 1999)