Due to a terrible ice storm our annual Christmas Party turned into a New Year’s Celebration! On January 11th, we were blessed to have about 35 moms and their children came to kick off 2014! Special thanks to Fr. Marr and the St. Augustine’s seminarians for joining us, providing blessings and entertainment for all!
Over New Year’s, six of our sisters joined 800+ university students from across Canada for CCO’s (Catholic Christian Outreach) 25th anniversary Rise Up conference in Ottawa, Canada. The theme was “All that matters is that in any and every way… Christ is being proclaimed! That is what brings me joy.” – Philippians 1:18
On December 8th, approximately 350 coworkers and friends of the Sisters of Life joined us for our yearly Advent Afternoon, held this year at St. Paul’s Basilica in Toronto. We enjoyed a beautiful celebration of the Holy Mass, celebrated by Bishop Kirk Patrick, Vicar for Religious, and gathered afterward for food and fellowship in the hall below. Sr. John Mary shared a beautiful reflection on her time in Mexico City and Our Lady of Guadalupe and explained how our co-workers are our “Roses in the Winter”. The evening concluded with candles and songs of the season.
See the Sisters of Life on EWTN’s Life on the Rock episode featuring highlights from the West Coast Walk for Life, February 6, 2014. Hear brief interviews & see the Sisters walking at 19:45, 29:11, 33:13 – 35:30.
See the Sisters on EWTN’s Live Coverage of the West Coast Walk for Life, San Francisco from January 25, 2014: a pre-Walk interveiw with the Sisters at 54:20 minutes, and Mother Agnes at 1:44:42.
This January 25th, twelve of our Sisters joined over fifty thousand in San Francisco at the annual West Coast Walk for Life to proclaim the dignity of every human person and the value of every human life. In addition, our Sisters participated in a host of other activities in California during the days preceding and following the Walk, including a Youth Conference (YOU2014) and a Prayer Vigil for Life hosted by our Sisters; the University Catholic Conference of California at UC Berkeley; and campus visits to UC Berkeley, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Stanford University, San Jose University and Santa Clara University.
Each year as Christmas approaches, our Sisters in the Visitation Mission are arguably busier than Santa’s elves as we host the mothers we serve and their children for a Christmas party to end all parties. Christmas carols waft over the joyful chaos, as the Sisters chat with the mothers and the children gather on stage for the Nativity play. As we celebrate Christmas, we remember the birth of the Savior and take joy in the birth of each of these little ones who has joined us for the party. … A light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it…
[Read the Co-Worker Meditation on the Visitation Christmas Party]
On January 22nd, we joined hundreds of thousands of marchers in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. Our Sisters were also present at a multitude of other events in the D.C. area surrounding the March (including the Cardinal O’Conner Conference on Life, the Life is Very Good Rally, the LVI Uniendo Nuestras Voces Spanish Rally, the Youth Rally & Mass, the National Mass & Prayer Vigil, & the the Students for Life of America Conference) as well as visiting college & university campuses (such as Marymount University, James Madison University, and University of Mary Washington).
Why do we go to the March for Life? To join hundreds of thousands as we pray and witness to the sacredness of every human life, that every life is a gift from God: “We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along the way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person–of every human person.” (Fr. John Richard Neuhaus)
On August 31, we were blessed to have 12 young women enter the Sisters of Life as postulants. They come from across the United States, Canada, Spain, and Australia. Welcome to our new postulants!
On August 6, 2013, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Denver celebrated the Mass of Profession at which Sr. John Mary, S.V., Sr. Mariam Caritas, S.V., Sr. Marita, S.V., and Sr. Giovanna Mariae, S.V., professed perpetual vows and four novices professed first vows. Congratulations to our newly professed Sisters!