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Downsizing Is Part of Life

21 May

My household has undergone quite a transformation over the past couple years. First, my mother Eileen, who had lived with our family since 1993, passed away in 2009. Later that year, my oldest daughter Brenda, with her darling young daughter in tow, married a remarkable young Catholic man, and they eventually settled in Wamego.

Then last year, upon graduation from St. James Academy, my daughter Sr. Mary Kate entered the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I miss the four generations of Suprenant women who have, in their own way, gone on to bigger and better things.

There are still six of us at home, but we can see that some changes are inevitable. Since our household has “downsized” by 40%, our house has suddenly become too big. We no longer have any preschool children, and another daughter will graduate from high school next year. At some point, my wife and I will have to move into a smaller home. Even before that, we see subtle changes taking place, as holiday gatherings or family reunions increasingly take place at Brenda’s home or at Sr. Mary Kate’s community.

The bittersweet changes that take place in the context of family living are, in my estimation, the best way to make sense out of parish mergers and closures, which are very much a part of the Catholic landscape today. Continue reading