Dedication of the Altar and Chapel at Annunciation

February 26, 2013 by  
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On February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we welcomed Cardinal Timothy Dolan to Annunciation Motherhouse to celebrate the Mass of Dedication for our chapel and new altar. This beautiful celebration is replete with imagery of the Old Testament and of the eternal sacrifice of Christ in His self-offering to the Father. It repeatedly references Baptism, at which each of us becomes a living stone in the Church, the Body of Christ. The dedication of our altar for worship of the Lord of Life alone is a particular joy for us Sisters–it echos religious consecration and reflects our desire be totally consecrated for the Lord. Pope Benedict XVI so aptly expressed this to young religious and seminarians at World Youth Day in Sydney:

Dear young… religious, at each Mass, when the Lord’s Body and Blood are lifted up at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, lift up your own hearts and lives, through Christ, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, as a loving sacrifice to God our Father. In this way, you yourselves will become living altars, where Christ’s sacrificial love is made present as an inspiration and a source of spiritual nourishment to everyone you meet. By embracing the Lord’s call to follow Him in chastity, poverty, and obedienece, you have begun a journey of radical discipleship which will make you “signs of contardiction” (cf. Lk 2:34)
– Pope Benedict XVI, July 19, 2008 l Homily at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia, to seminarians and young religious on the occasion of the Solemn Dedication of the Altar

The Chapel is dedicated to Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, as this was a special and deep devotion of Cardinal O’Connor’s that he passed to us through his words, reflection, and prayer. We are so grateful to the generosity of each of our friends who helped this beautiful chapel become a reality. It is truly the center of our home, and as we gather there so often together to pray, to celebrate the Mass, to spend a few brief moments in conversation with Christ, it is at the very heart of our lives.

Postulant Entrance, September 2012

February 26, 2013 by  
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On September 1, 2012, we were blessed to welcome our six new postulants who come from across the United States, Canada, and Ireland.

Profession of Vows, August 2012

February 26, 2013 by  
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On August 6, 2012, Timothy Cardinal Dolan celebrated the Mass of Profession at which Sr. Mary Louise Concepta, S.V., professed her perpetual vows and five novices professed first vows. Cardinal O’Connor would tell us that like Mary at the Annunciation,

The consecrated religious is the woman who has opened herself totally and entirely to the working of the Holy Spirit, permitting herself to be filled completely with that Spirit so that from that point on, far from having contempt for the world, nothing in the world is casual or small, but everything comes from the hand of Almighty God. Everything then has its purpose. Everything exists because Almighty God has either brought it into existence or permitted its existence. Everything is invested with the Divine… Once this overshadowing by the Holy Spirit occurs then it almost forces itself into these vows which are expressive of total consecration to our Divine Lord. The vows no longer seem strange or unnatural. If a woman falls in love with a man, she wants to vow herself to him in every conceivable way for the rest of her life. Everything changes. The woman and man in love float on air and the whole world looks different. Everything is seen in a new light. Everything has a new wonder about it. This is by way of simply human love. When a woman falls in love with Christ how is she to express this? She vows herself to Christ unconditionally, unreservedly. This is what the vows are. The vows are an expression, an articulation, of indescribable love for and in Christ.


West Coast Walk for Life

February 20, 2013 by  
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On January 26, twelve of our Sisters joined over 60,000 other participants in San Francisco for the annual West Coast Walk for Life. In addition, our Sisters hosted a prayer Vigil for Life (an evening with Mass and  prayer) the night before the walk, and visited parishes and college & university campuses around California.


March for Life 2013

February 19, 2013 by  
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On January 25th, nearly all of our Sisters, Novices, and Postulants were in Washington, D.C. to participate in the 40th Annual March for Life as well as other surrounding events, including the Opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the March for Life Youth Rally, the Life is Very Good Rally, the Youth Rally and Mass for Life, the Students for Life of America Conference, and the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University.


You&Me Exhibit at Cardinal Spellman

February 18, 2013 by  
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We make hundreds of choices every day. Some are insignificant, others can impact our lives forever. The multimedia exhibit, You & Me, draws you into an encounter with six people facing challenging situations who discover the freedom and joy that comes from a love that is willing to sacrifice for the good of another. We were delighted to show the You&Me Exhibit at Cardinal Spellman this February, with hundreds of high school students, young adults, and others participating over the span of 3 days. It was awesome!