Seeing the world in a single ray of light

Sister Ann Hoffman, Executive Director of Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM) USA was one of the presenters for the American Benedictine Academy (ABA) Convention 2020. This biennial convention focuses on a theme relevant to the Benedictine heritage. These conventions, which are held at monastic institutions around the country, are open to any interested persons. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the convention turned into a live-streamed interactive event held on July 17 and 18. Its theme was: 2020 Vision: Seeing the World in a Single Ray of Light.

The topic for Sister Ann’s presentation was “Viewing the World of Latin American Monastics.” She talked about the hardships that many Latin American monastics are experiencing, especially in light of the pandemic. She emphasized that the connections between Latin American monasteries with those in the United States are essential. “We are one world, one family. All of our decisions and choices have an impact that is more far-reaching than we might imagine.” Sister Ann also stressed the importance of seeing people as individuals with hopes and dreams: “We can live lives of love and mercy and pray for the people and the monastics of Latin America; we also must do the ‘something’ that we can do to help because ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ (Martin Luther King, Jr.).”

Several members of the community were able to view the livestreamed event. Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, shared: “We are very fortunate to have so many opportunities to be exposed to content that informs and challenges us. We are very proud of Sister Ann for the excellent presentation she offered. The stories she shared will inspire us for a long time to come.”

Seeing the World in a Single Ray of Light was the theme of the American Benedictine Academy Convention 2020. Sister Ann Hoffman was one of the presenters.