24 Hours for the Lord – New York City

March 21, 2016 by  
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In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked that dioceses around the world would host “24 Hours for the Lord”, a day of prayer and reconciliation. On March 4th, the Sisters of Life hosted this special day at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. We invited many to come in from the cold, pray before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and receive the mercy of God through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Prayer was accompanied by music by the Sisters of Life and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and the day concluded with a witness shared by one of our Sisters and a Marian Missionary of Divine Mercy, a Eucharistic procession around the cathedral, entering through the Door of Mercy.

“…So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives.”

– Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 17

The Feminine Genius – Denver

March 21, 2016 by  
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Our Sisters in Denver have been busy! This semester, they’ve hosted women’s nights featuring presentations about the Feminine Genius at University of Colorado, Boulder; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. In addition, they’ve opened up their home, inviting young women to join them in the convent for a Holy Hour, dinner and fellowship to continue prayer and discussion about authentic femininity.

World Day of Consecrated Life – Rome

March 21, 2016 by  
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Mother Agnes and Sr. Antoniana Maria made a pilgrimage to Rome in honor of the end of the Year of Consecrated Life on February 2nd. After meeting the CMSWR Board of Directors in Rome, our Sisters joined thousands of religious from all over the world. They made a pilgrimage to Saint Peters before beginning the week’s workshops for religious.

A Visit to Denver

March 21, 2016 by  
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In February, Mother Agnes visited our new mission in Denver, Colorado. Our Sisters there wouldn’t let her leave before sharing a Rocky Mountain adventure!

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Retreat, Barry’s Bay, Ontario

March 18, 2016 by  
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March 18-20, 2016

Three of our Toronto sisters hosted a women’s retreat for students attending Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry’s Bay. They gave talks on authentic freedom & joy, the feminine heart and mercy.  Sr. Maria Regina shared her vocation story, followed by a showing of the CMSWR vocations video, “For Love Alone”.  Being out in the beautiful snowy wilderness really aided in encountering the Lord in prayer, along with a priest from Madonna House coming to lead them all in a Eucharistic Healing Procession.

Homepage – draft

March 16, 2016 by  
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With gratitude for your friendship and your prayers during the sisters of Life 2017 General Chapter, we announce with joy the results of the Chapter of Elections:

Mother Agnes Mary, S.V., Superior General
Sister Mary Elizabeth, S.V., Vicar General
Sister Veronica Mary, S.V., Councilor
Sister John Mary, S.V., Councilor
Sister Catherine Marie, S.V., Councilor
Sister Giovanna Mariae, S.V., Councilor

Please join us as we give thanks and praise to God.

In Christ, Our Life,
The Sisters of Life

Call Upon Mary

On May 13th, the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Mary in Fatima, Mother Agnes Mary, S.V. had the honor of delivering the commencement address to graduates of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. She called upon the 91 graduates to entrust their lives—and their dreams—to Mary, saying,

“There is no immutable destiny, either for individuals, nations or cultures. Mary exhorts us to call upon her to assist us in realizing God’s dreams for our lives and for the world… Graduates, dare to dream of living the high calling for which you were created as the central focus of your life. Every human life, as you know, is a question — as our Hoy father Pope John Paul II would put it — to which the assent and the gift of one’s love, given and received, totally and unreservedly, is the answer. Love is, therefore, the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being…”

Read the full transcript or listen to the address below:

Dr. Michael J. Brescia
with the John Cardinal O’Connor Award

Through his belief in the inherent dignity of every human person and his commitment to alleviating pain and providing loving care and support for those who are terminally ill and their families, Dr. Brescia has walked thousands of souls across the threshold of eternity into the loving embrace of God.

Dr. Brescia will be honored at the Sisters of Life 2017 Gala on Friday, April 28, 2017.
[for more information to attend 2017 Gala]

Dr. Michael J. Brescia, MD
Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital

Dr. Michael J. Brescia is co-founder and Executive Medical Director of Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted to providing palliative care to adults with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Since its founding, the hospital’s core values have focused on compassion, respect for the dignity of every patient and non-abandonment of patients and families.

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

Have a Car? If you or someone you know is able to donate a used 7-passenger van or car to the community we would be most grateful. We are looking for cars and vans that while used, still have some good years of life left in them. Due to our way of life, we cannot accept luxury or sports cars.
[more info]

Ordinandi Day, Toronto, March 2016

March 5, 2016 by  
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For the past 17 years, Serra Club International has sponsored an annual Ordinandi Dinner- a large banquet and evening to support the class of deacons about to be ordained priests for the diocese of Toronto, Hamilton and Peterborough.  The Ordinandi Luncheon was added 4 years ago to reach out to high school students and promote the priesthood and religious life.  This year, on March 1st, approximately 900 teenagers came from all around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and beyond.  Games were played, a delicious lunch was served, Sr. Hae-Jin Lim and Deacon Ronald shared parts of their vocation stories and His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins gave a reflection.  There was prayer and laughter and all around it was a beautiful day with the teens.

Lift Jesus Higher Rally, Toronto

March 5, 2016 by  
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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sr. Maria Kateri and some of the women we serve attended the Lift Jesus Higher Rally recently, an event sponsored by Catholic Renewal Ministries (CRM). Their keynote speakers included, Deacon Larry Oney, Ralph Martin, Sister Ann Shields and Peter Herbeck.  There was uplifting music, Prayer, Confessions, a Divine Mercy celebration and a Eucharistic Procession.  His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, celebrated the closing Mass.

Benedictine College – Feb. 2016

March 4, 2016 by  
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Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas hosted two of our sisters, Feb. 17-20. Our sisters gave talks on the charism of life and discernment, visited classes, prayed with students, had one-on-one meetings and spent time with students on campus. Go Ravens!