Schultz joins A New Genesis Community

By | April 13, 2011

“I’ve been so impressed with the women, the lives that they lead, the ways they live out Gospel values, the ways they interact with each other and support each other,” said Schultz.


Lucy Schultz (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

A New Genesis Community, an association of the faithful, was established in 1983 with the approval of Bishop Aloysius Wycislo. The community is made up of full members, both vowed and non-vowed, and associate members.

“I’ve been drawn to the charism of the community, which is a radical openness to the Spirit,” said Schultz. “I appreciate the fact that the women are brave and bold, and are willing to work with a vision and make a vision happen. It’s a big deal to travel 500 miles to be a part of this and is certainly a testimony to Sr. O’Brien.”

The distance between Cincinnati and Green Bay will create some challenges, but e-mail helps bridge the gap, said Schultz. She has traditionally made the trip three times a year, including attending the community’s three-day gathering in the summer.

Schultz, 67, was born in a Catholic hospital on the feast of St. Lucy, thus she was named Lucille. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was taught by several different communities of women religious during her childhood. She attended college at the University of Detroit, where she was educated by the Jesuits.

Schultz now worships at Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She married David Smith eight years ago. Her husband is very supportive of her pursuits with A New Genesis Community, she said.

A number of members in the community have asked her about becoming an associate in recent years. Schultz felt that the timing was right.

“It’s a great gift to me to be doing this,” she said. “Now that I’m retired and I’m less focused on the externals of my life, it’s time to look inward, to see that I really do want to live the Gospel values. Being a part of this community is going to help me do that.

“The world can be a mess,” she added. “We are all trying to walk the path, and it helps to have company on the journey.”

For more information on A New Genesis Community, contact Sr. Carmelyn Gentrup at (920) 469-3437 or cgentrup

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