We were invited and hosted by FOCUS missionaries and students to be a part of ‘Encounter’ an all-day on campus event on the main square at University of Texas – Austin, hosted by the Catholic Center, for students to encounter the love and mercy of Jesus through visible witnesses. The day included food, fun, the sacraments of confession (all day!), and conversations with hundreds of students. The event concluded in the evening with Praise and Worship, Mass and Holy Hour. We also had the great privilege of speaking with the Catholic Longhorns for Life about the charism of life.
During our time in the Lone Star State, we also had the opportunity to visit students and missionaries at Texas State University in San Marcos, where we gave a talk on the mercy of God.
Students of Assumption College in Worcester hosted our sisters during pro-life week on campus to speak with the Advocates of Life, meet with students and speak at a discernment group. We then made our way to Boston University to pray and be with students and missionaries, followed by an evening at Northeastern University for food, fellowship and an exciting Q&A Panel with members from several different religious communities.
University of Massachusetts in Amherst hosted two of our sisters on April 1, 2016. Our sisters gave talks on the charism of life, the feminine genius & mercy. They enjoyed having lunch on campus at the world famous eatery, spike ball and frisbee by the lake, much fellowship and prayer. As God would have it, Fr. Daly had previously arranged to have 24 hours of Mercy (24 hours of confession and Eucharistic Adoration) that same day! God is good.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.