When deciding what to call this initiative, our founding Sisters began with the foundational idea that all has been given to us. Our faith, our hope, our love, our gifts, our destiny, our lives–everything is freely given, without reserve, by the Lord. In response to God’s gifts, women are given to loving God and given to building his Kingdom. Women themselves are gifts to be given. At The GIVEN Institute, we desire to help all women receive the gift that they are, realize the gifts they’ve been given, and respond with the gift that only they can give. Luke 12:48 says, “Everyone to whom much is given, much will be required.” Because everything has been given to us first, we stand in a place where we can fearlessly cultivate our gifts and give out of all that we have received.
The Rose Logo
The GIVEN rose logo alludes to Mary, our Mystical Rose, and the holy beauty that she embodies. The rays in the logo reference this beauty, as well as Mary’s heavenly crown and the luminous aureole around the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The gold, blue, and rose colors are also inspired by the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas and of GIVEN. At the center of the rose is a cross, because Christ is the center of our lives and the source of our mission.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
We recognize and ask for the prayers of Our Lady of Guadalupe as the patroness of GIVEN. This patronage is a matter of love. It is born out of love for our Mother because she first loved us! Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mother of the Americas, of evangelization, of mothers, and of life at all its stages. We pray for her powerful intercession over our mission and for her presence with us every step of the way.