Steven McDonald Went Home to God
We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of New York City Police Officer Steven McDonald, who went home to God on January 10, 2017. In 1986, Steven, newly married to his wife Patti Ann and expecting their first child, was shot in the line of duty and paralyzed from the neck down. As he fought for his life in a New York hospital then-Mayor Koch, of happy memory, was moved by the faith of the McDonald and Norris families and called his good friend Cardinal O’Connor asking him to come to the hospital. Throughout the years that followed, Cardinal O’Connor loved Patti Ann, Steven and their son, Conor, and took them as his family, as have we.
Steven, who forgave his shooter on the day of his son’s baptism, was a truly great man. He was confined to a wheelchair and endured physical limitations and much suffering, yet he knew the power of His willingness to allow God to transform this tragedy into a self-gift. Few men reveal courage, honor or faith as he did. Few men change lives and hearts the way he did.
He and Patti Ann show us the beauty and grace released to the world when our love and sufferings are united to Christ Crucified and Risen. May this same Jesus, and the Blessed Mother under whose protection Steven so often sought refuge, lead him rejoicing to the arms of the Father.
“Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Lord.”(Mt 25:23)
We love you, Steven.
Pray for Life
January 22, 2017 marks the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion on demand in the United States. Every year, the Sisters of Life join thousands of Americans in fasting, prayer, and peaceful witness to remember the millions of lives affected by the tragedy of abortion. This year, we will be present at the March for Life in Washington D.C., the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, One Life LA in Los Angeles, the Students for Life of America National Conference (East and West Coast), and many other events. See our upcoming events for more details.
Thank you for joining us in prayer and pilgrimage as we seek to share the Gospel of Life.
“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer.” – Pope Saint John Paul II,
Evangelium Vitae, no. 100
Celebrating 25 Years of God’s Grace
On June 1st, 1991, the Sisters of Life were
founded by His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor,
the then-Archbishop of New York. On that day eight
women entered the fledgling community that has
now grown to over 100 members.
John Cardinal O’Connor:
A Tribute to the Founder of the Sisters of Life
The Beauty of One Soul:
A documentary film of the Sisters of Life