THE ASSOCIATION of Senior Religious (ASR) held their ninth annual Conference and AGM at Christ's and Notre Dame College, Liverpool on April 7-9 1987.
The theme of the Conference was "That they may have life", an exploration of John 10:10.
'The Association helps the Senior Religious to explore the opportunities offered for new areas of service or a new career and to deepen at the same time an awareness of a new dimension to their spiritual life and apostolate.
This year 114 Sisters attended the Conference representing 40 different Congregations (the Sisters counted that between them they have spend 5943 years in the Religious life).
The Guest Speakers were: Sr Marie McLoughlin SND, the foundress of the Association, Rev Frank Hickman, Provincial of the Franciscans OFM (Cap) who represented the CMRS and Rev Hilary Clark, Provincial of the Salvatorians (SDB).
All three led the Sisters on different paths towards the same source of life: the Holy Spirit.
Sr Marie McLoughlin's theme was: "the glory of God is man fully alive" and she underlined the human aspect of the life of the Senior Religious who should define themselves by
what they are and not by what they do, is by being women of love and compassion as Christ was in his human life.
Fr Hilary Clark enthused his audience with the conviction that "the Spirit can keep growing when the body is declining" and urged the Senior Religious to take up new challenges, to risk living and loving to the end.
Fr Frank Hickman dwelt on "God's sense of humour" whenever things went wrong, ready to start again. He encouraged everybody to follow second and third careers on the way to "Eternal life".
Next year's Conference will take place in the South of England. It will have a Marian theme.