Our local host director from Chicago, Sister Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF, herself a university professor, connected contemplation and mission.
"Mission is always about Christ," she said in her presentation (see below).
Noting that we have to know Christ intimately if we are to share in his mission in the world, Sister Madge observed then that contemplation is important for all of us because we are called to grow in holiness so that our missionary witness is marked my integrity and zeal in making Christ known and loved. Her presentation, a perfect complement to Father Schroeder's earlier talk, explored the relationship between contemplation and mission - noting that together, they "shape the 'soul' of mission."
The icon discussed by Sister Madge is found to the right; below is the text of her talk.