Sacraments of Initiation 2016 – NYC

June 23, 2016 by  
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This past year, the Visitation Mission in New York organized a special RCIA class for some of the women and children we have served in our mission who had the desire for deeper encounter with Christ through the sacraments but were unable to attend a traditional parish program. This special program, taught by Coworkers of Life Colette and David Dempsey included babysitting provided by volunteers and “make-up” classes for those who had to miss a class due to illness and family emergencies. Below are photos from the Mass celebrated on Jun 6th by Bishop Peter Byrne which included 3 Infant Baptisms (ranging in age from 9mo to 4 yrs), 4 adult baptisms, 6 Confirmations, and 4 First Communions. It was a beautiful night of grace!

25th Anniversary Celebration – NYC

June 23, 2016 by  
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On June 1st, the entire community and hundreds of our friends and family gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of Life. His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, joined by dozens of bishops and priests, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the innumerable graces that God has poured out to and through our community in its fledgling years. Immediately following, we trekked across town to continue the celebration outside of Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent, with a block party the likes of which NYC has never seen! There was much laughter, food, live music, games for the kids, videos of our founder John Cardinal O’Connor, and adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The day was complete when Jesus came out onto the street, concluding with the Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. Thank you to all who joined in the celebration and to the many volunteers and benefactors who helped to make the day so beautiful!

Mother’s Day 2016 – Villa Maria Guadalupe

June 23, 2016 by  
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The Sisters of Life have the privilege of constantly working closely with so many very heroic mothers, so naturally Mother’s Day is one of the most significant and celebrated days of our year! Despite the heavy rains the week leading up to (and even the morning of!) Sunday May 8th, we were overjoyed to see the sun miraculously come out so we could host almost 70 mothers and over 100 children at Villa Maria Guadalupe to honor the tremendous gift of their motherhood. It was a full day of great food, arts & crafts, face painting, and lawn games for the kids, and a fun music concert provided by our friend Sarah Kroger! The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and a sweet May crowning of our Blessed Mother made this very special day complete!

25th Anniversary Road Trip from Toronto

June 1, 2016 by  
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The Toronto Sisters & all-star Co-Workers didn’t want to miss the Sisters of Life 25th Anniversary celebration in New York on June 1st, so they packed up a picnic and hit the road. ¬†All in all it was a very blessed trip!