News From 2013

Postulant Entrance, September 2012

On September 1, 2012, we were blessed to welcome our six new postulants who come from across the United States, Canada, and Ireland.

Profession of Vows, August 2012

On August 6, 2012, Timothy Cardinal Dolan celebrated the Mass of Profession at which Sr. Mary Louise Concepta, S.V., professed her perpetual vows and five novices professed first vows. Cardinal O’Connor would tell us that like Mary at the Annunciation,

The consecrated religious is the woman who has opened herself totally and entirely to the working of the Holy Spirit, permitting herself to be filled completely with that Spirit so that from that point on, far from having contempt for the world, nothing in the world is casual or small, but everything comes from the hand of Almighty God. Everything then has its purpose. Everything exists because Almighty God has either brought it into existence or permitted its existence. Everything is invested with the Divine… Once this overshadowing by the Holy Spirit occurs then it almost forces itself into these vows which are expressive of total consecration to our Divine Lord. The vows no longer seem strange or unnatural. If a woman falls in love with a man, she wants to vow herself to him in every conceivable way for the rest of her life. Everything changes. The woman and man in love float on air and the whole world looks different. Everything is seen in a new light. Everything has a new wonder about it. This is by way of simply human love. When a woman falls in love with Christ how is she to express this? She vows herself to Christ unconditionally, unreservedly. This is what the vows are. The vows are an expression, an articulation, of indescribable love for and in Christ.

LifeFest 2012

On July 4th, the Sisters of Life hosted our third annual LifeFest at Villa Maria Guadalupe, and for the first time, the 5K “Freedom Run” and one-mile Kids Fun Run.  With activities and games for the kids, talks for the adults, and live entertainment, Holy Mass and Adoration, LifeFest was a fun and fitting way to celebrate Independence Day and the many freedoms we enjoy.

Entrance to the Novitiate at Annunciation

On June 29th, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, our seven postulants entered the novitiate. The investiture ceremony took place with Evening Prayer and was our first communal celebration in the chapel of our new Motherhouse, Annunciation. Now the interior call which each young woman has felt to Religious Life is manifested on the exterior, as the novice begins to wear the religious habit and be called by a new religious name. Congratulations to our new novices!

We’ve moved!

It is a busy and exciting summer for the Sisters of Life!  In early May the Visitation Mission moved into our new apostolic center in Manhattan and as of June 2, we have officially taken up residence at our new Motherhouse, which is named “Annunciation”, in Montebello, NY!

Spring Break with the Sisters of Life

This past March, 75 students from colleges and universities across the country converged on Villa Maria Guadalupe, our retreat center in Stamford, CT, where we hosted a 10-day alternative spring break experience.  Throughout the week, the students were immersed in prayer and the love of God and of the Sisters while also engaging in a wide range of experiences, from a 2 day silent retreat to start the week to volunteer days at our motherhouse to a “Saints in NYC” tour to attending presentations by well-known Catholic speakers Peter Kreeft and Vicki Thorn as well as attending our Co-Worker of Life training.  By the end of the week friendships had deepened and many new friendships had been forged as the Lord generously and abundantly poured out his grace on these students!  

In the weeks that followed this 10-day experience, we hosted volunteer days at our motherhouse for several other spring breaks trips who were in NYC for their spring breaks.  What a joy it has been to meet these students who are deeply in love with the Lord and who are ever ready to generously give of themselves in service to the other!

Article about the 10-day spring break trip from the Diocese of Charlotte’s Catholic News Herald

Our New Motherhouse

Since its inception, the Sisters of Life have seen evidence of the miracle of God’s grace in the foundation and growth of this new religious family.  Entrusted with a charism of life (a gift of God’s Spirit) for the Church and the world; blessed with a steady and growing stream of vital, young, talented and good women entering the community (we now number 76 members); charged with numerous missions in New York, Toronto and Connecticut, and an outreach of evangelization throughout our nation and internationally – all at the service of proclaiming the sacredness of human life and God’s plan for human love – the Sisters of Life now need a place which can serve as the spiritual epicenter for our growing religious community.  In the traditions of the Church, a central house which draws all the members of a women’s religious community together as family is called a motherhouse. 

 Following the Spirit’s promptings to ‘house the graces’, we will open the doors of our first motherhouse this year.  The motherhouse project will secure the deep foundations laid in the past 20 years and simultaneously respond to the blessings of growth in members and missions.  Immediately, this large convent will fulfill a long-standing need for the Mother Superior and her assistants (the Generalate) to live side-by-side with our Novitiate — the youngest members of the community.  It is for the youngest that a mother has special regard and responsibility.  The formation and integration of our newest members in a thorough-going spiritual way of life is a paramount duty, and a way of reverencing God’s great grace and gift of a call to religious consecration. 

 We invite you to continue with us to follow the graces God bestows by becoming part of this new chapter in our lives through your prayers and continued support.  If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do the builders labor. (Psalm 127:1)