Visitation Christmas Party 2015- Toronto

December 30, 2015 by  
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With no snow on the ground to deter anyone from coming… On December 19th, we were blessed to have about 60 moms and their children come to celebrate Christmas!   A young Catholic worship band, All for Him, provided some excellent music, some stellar Co-Workers lead crafts for the kids, Sr. Cecilia Rose shared about Mercy Incarnate and played a song for everyone.  All gathered around the manger to hear a Nativity story read by Sr. Maria Regina Immaculata, Fr. Peter Marr gave us a blessing and everyone enjoyed singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.

Special thanks to Fr. Marr for joining us, “All 4 Him” for providing music and our stellar Co-Workers who ran the kitchen and provided rides for the women.

Sisters of Life Visit Australia – December 2015

December 28, 2015 by  
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This December, Sisters of Life went Down Under, sharing the charism of Life. Our Sisters received a warm welcome from our Aussie friends, traveling to Adelaide with hundreds of youth for the annual Catholic Youth Festival. Then they opened the Year of Mercy with a women’s retreat at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. Finally, they made their mark with Catholic young adults and college students, being present at the iWitness Conference, Theology on Tap, and more! Read more about the Sisters’ visit in the Sydney Archdiocesan newspaper The Catholic Weekly: From New York with Love: A Charism of Life

Visitation Christmas Party 2015 – New York City

December 27, 2015 by  
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On Dec 19th, the Visitation New York Mission, with the help of our Co-Workers of Life, held our annual Christmas Party for the families we serve in our mission. Several hundred moms and children arrived for a joy-filled afternoon with delicious food, crafts, games and a very special Nativity Play performed by the kids. What a beautiful way to celebrate our Lord’s birth with so many of our dear friends!

Advent Afternoon 2015 – New York City

December 21, 2015 by  
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On Sunday, December 6th, we gathered at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in midtown Manhattan for our annual Advent Afternoon to express our gratitude to of our friends, benefactors and co-workers support our missions. The joy-filled afternoon began with choral preludes and Mass followed by a reception including an Advent reflection and Christmas carols.

Fiesta Guadalupe 2015 – Stamford, CT

December 21, 2015 by  
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On December 13, many of our friends and volunteers gathered together at Villa Maria Guadalupe to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of Life and of the Americas. The day began with a beautiful Mass in honor of Our Lady, then we had a small procession — our take on the traditional “Posada”, where Mary and Joseph seek lodging in Bethlehem. The Novices sang an original song to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and all joined in a delicious Mexican feast prepared by our generous friends. Finally, the children delighted in the appearance of a pinata showering a plethora of sweet treats.

Coworker Training – Fall 2015

December 21, 2015 by  
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The Visitation Mission New York held its annual Initial Formation Day for the Co-Workers of Life on November 7th. 54 new Co-Workers o of Life received training on topics including “Understanding the Heart of a Vulnerable Pregnant Woman”, the “Language of Adoption”, and “Communication Skills” and testimonies from an active Co-Workers on ways they have served in Visitation Mission. It was a blessed day and we can’t wait for our new Co-Workers to get involved in our mission to serve pregnant women!

Papal Visit – September 2015

December 21, 2015 by  
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All of the Sisters were delighted to welcome Pope Francis to America – and New York – when he visited this September. The Novices and our Sisters in Maryland were delighted to attend the Canonization Mass of St. Junipero Serra, while many of our Sisters saw the Holy Father during his visit to New York City. The Sisters at our Visitation Mission eagerly awaited him outside of our convent, while he drove past 6 times! They even made a large banner to ensure that he would know how much he is loved. Finally, many of our Sisters enjoyed serving the Church at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, culminating in a beautiful Papal Mass.

FIAT FEST 2015

December 16, 2015 by  
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We traveled down to Jacksonville, Florida in November for FIAT Fest, an event sponsored by the Diocese of St. Augustine in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life. Various religious communities spoke and witnessed to hundreds of high school students and young adults on the beauty of religious life. The event included vocation stories, an opportunity for confession, music, sports and great fun!

During our time down south we visited the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, where missionaries celebrated the first Mass on U.S. soil. As the shrine is dedicated to the Blessed Mother nursing the Baby Jesus, we entrusted her with all the women and children we serve in our missions.

Visit to University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Oct. 2015

December 16, 2015 by  
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This fall we were invited by the Newman Center and FOCUS missionaries at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln to visit with students, give talks on the charism of life and the Feminine Genius and lead music for a holy hour. What a gift to be with the faith-filled community, join them for meals, bible studies, play a serious game of Ultimate Frisbee at the center of campus and pray with students in their stunning new campus chapel. Go Huskers!

Postulant Entrance 2015

December 14, 2015 by  
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On September 5th, we had the great joy of welcoming 9 new Postulants to our community! Caroline, Amy, Madeline, Lizzy, Mary, Shannon, Lauren, Paula, and Monika hail from seven different states and Canada. Welcome to the Sisters of Life family!

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