“Seeing such a significant ground swell reinforced my hope that
the work the Holy Spirit began in JPII would continue."
are the worlds of Sister Bernadette Pike, M.G., who was
privileged to participate in the recent beatification Mass in Rome
for the late Pope John Paul II. Before an audience
exceeding one million, and with millions more following by way
of television and computer, Sr. Bernadette flawlessly delivered the second
reading (1 Peter 1:3-9).
A native of Perth, Australia, Sister
Bernadette is the foundress of the Missionaries of the Gospel
(www.mg.org.au), a new religious order inspired by the charism
and spirituality of Blessed John Paul II.
She is also
a first-year student at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences
(IPS). IPS is a Catholic graduate school of psychology
whose teachings have been greatly informed and enhanced by the
teachings of John Paul II. IPS offers Master and Doctoral
Degrees of Clinical Psychology, and a Master of General Psychology
Degree, and trains its students to use the best scientific
and therapeutic methods of psychology infused by a Catholic understanding
of the human person, marriage and family.
"It was a
tremendous privilege and gift for me to be asked to
do a reading at the Beatification of JPII,” said Sr.
Bernadette. “It was also an honor to represent Australia and
the JPII Sisters. As I looked into the crowd, I
thought, ‘Wow, there are so many other people who were
touched by Christ through JPII...so many people who are probably
already living some aspect of his charism within the Church.’”
|A native of Perth, Australia, Sister Bernadette is the foundress of the Missionaries of the Gospel, a new religious order inspired by the charism and spirituality of Blessed John Paul II. |
Dr. Stephen Hamel, Director of the Master of Clinical
Psychology Program, said, "Sr. Bernadette is an excellent example of
the diverse and remarkable student population we have pursuing master-level
studies at IPS. With her background in law and as
a foundress of a religious order, Sr. Bernadette´s insights and
contributions in the classroom are greatly valued."
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121:45 and 123:38.