West Coast Walk for Life 2015

January 28, 2015 by  
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We were again blessed to visit sunny California for the West Coast Walk for Life and surrounding events this January  24th. In addition to participating in the Walk for Life, our Sisters hosted a Mass and Prayer Vigil for Life at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Daly of San Jose, CA. We also visited UC Berkeley and were present at the Students for Life of America West Coast Conference.

More photos coming soon!

See an interview with Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei and Sr. Bethany Madonna at the Walk for Life (at 10:44 in EWTN’s full coverage footage below):

March for Life 2015 & Surrounding Events

January 28, 2015 by  
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Why do we go to the March for Life? To join hundreds of thousands as we pray and witness to the sacredness of every human life, that every life is a gift from God: “We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along the way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person–of every human person.” (Fr. John Richard Neuhaus)

Our Sisters were present at a multitude of other events in the D.C. area surrounding the March for Life:

Thursday, January 22
 – Youth Rally & Mass for Life – Verizon Center & DC Armory
 – Life is Very Good Prayer Vigil, Morning Rally & Mass, Fairfax, VA
– Jesuit Mass and Rally for Life
– Adult & Family Rally and Mass for Life
 – March for Life 2015

Friday, January 23
– 2015 East Coast Students for Life of America Conference
– Latinos Por La Vida Pro-Life Conference

Saturday, January 24
– Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University

More Photos Coming Soon!

CCO Rise Up, Calgary

January 27, 2015 by  
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Some of our Sisters rang in 2015 with about 700 university students in Calgary Alberta, singing, “O God beyond all praising, we worship you today…”

Rise Up is a conference for young adults (aged 18-35) hosted by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), a Canadian university student movement – but Rise Up is more than a conference. It exists to motivate and inspire leaders for the renewal of the world.

This year’s theme: “Revive This Generation”


January 23, 2015 by  
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10,000 College Students + Jesus + FOCUS & 20 Sisters of Life + 5 grace-filled days in Nashville  = SEEK2015!
Presented by FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students), SEEK2015 brought together thousands of college students & young adults, many families and dozens of priests and religious brothers & sisters, for 5 days of dynamic speakers, the daily celebration of Mass, Adoration and Confession, and plenty of music and laughter to top it all off–but ultimately to seek the face of Jesus and the purpose and JOY that comes in knowing and loving Him!

The Sisters of Life were excited to participate in SEEK in myriad ways, especially through presenting the You&Me Exhibit (a multi-media exhibit of life-changing stories of courage and grace), the launching of The Life App (jointly developed by FOCUS and the Sisters of Life), as speakers in the women’s session (watch Sr. Mary Gabriel’s talk below) and impact sessions, and in our countless beautiful conversations and encounters.

[more info about the Life App]  [watch videos from SEEK2015]

Fearless Hearts: Seek What Moves You Towards Freedom – Women’s Session Keynote by Sr. Mary Gabriel, S.V.

Visitation Christmas Party, 2014

January 13, 2015 by  
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On December 20, chatter and laughter rang through the air all afternoon in a church hall in Manhattan, as we hosted our annual Christmas party for the mothers and children served through the Visitation Mission this year. Co-workers, volunteers, and Knights of Columbus helped set the scene with thousands of red and green balloons and a delicious catered dinner. But the afternoon’s highlight for the Sisters and the moms was watching all the kids perform a Nativity play, complete with Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the Star leading the way.