News From 2011

World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain

About 45 of our Sisters attended World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain August 16-21, 2011.  You can learn more about our experience by reading our blog or see video from the site we co-hosted with the Knights of Columbus by clicking on the links below:

Chapter of Elections – June 20, 2011

Preparations for Our First General Chapter

This summer we will undertake our community’s first general chapter. Throughout the year we are attending a series of workshops to help prepare our hearts and minds for this beautiful event. Recently Sr. Elizabeth McDonough, O.P. spoke to our community about the history and purpose of general chapters. Our Sisters also attended Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV’s workshop on the Discernment of Spirits. We are praying daily for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our community as we prepare and especially during the days of chapter. We are grateful for your prayers as well!

The Sisters of Life Visit Rome

Recently Mother Agnes Mary, Sr. Maris Stella and Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei traveled to Rome to attend the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Holy Father gave a beautiful address to the participants of the general assembly.

While in Rome, our Sisters also collected oral histories of our founder, John Cardinal O’Connor, from members of the Roman Curia who worked collaboratively with him during his lifetime.

Finally, the Sisters were interviewed by Rome Reports for a story about our community, which you can watch below:

2011 March for Life in Washington D.C.

“If all the marches, all the prayers, the speeches, the encyclicals, the entire effort of each of you saved but one human life, would not the Lord of Life say to each one of us and to each individual who has ever made the effort on behalf of human life: ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.  Receive the kingdom the Lord has prepared for you from all of eternity.  For you not only fed me and clothed me, confirmed and consoled, and visited me in prison.  You saved my life.'”  –  John Cardinal O’Connor


On the day preceding the March for Life, Sisters participated in the John Cardinal O’Connor Conference at Georgetown University.  Mother Agnes Mary, SV spoke as part of a panel entitled “Building a Culture of Life Today: Learning from the Life and Legacy of Cardinal O’Connor”.   Other panelists included Bishop William Lori, Professor Helen Alvare and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien.  The panel was moderated by Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ.
You can view the panel discussion online.