As the school year began, we headed south to the Southern hills of Blacksburg, VA to be with the students of Virginia Tech. We joined them for their weekly ‘Sunday Supper’ which draws 150 students for a home-cooked meal alongside a talk on the faith. Over the few days we were on campus we enjoyed their southern hospitality by joining in on a bible study, speaking at their Theology of Women series, meeting countless students, and even swinging by their neighboring university, UVA (Charlottesville), on our way back north.
A Special Source Vigil for the End of the Year of Mercy: Eucharistic adoration and procession, testimonies, music by Joe Zambon and confessions available!
St. Peter’s Church
840 Bathurst Street (across from Bathurst Subway)
7 – 9 pm
On September 10th, the Sisters of Life family grew! With great joy, we welcomed fifteen new postulants, along with their families. They hail from every corner of the country, and Canada: New Jersey, California, Louisiana, New York, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Ontario. May God bless Brooke, Jen, Martha, Madeleine, Colleen, Julie, Lauren, Rachel, Stephanie, Desirae, Natalie, Karalyn, Alyssa, Emma, and Alida as they continue to respond generously to the Lord’s call.
On the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, August 22nd, 2016, seven of our sisters professed first vows! Consecrated to the Lord of Life, they professed vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and to protect and enhance a sense of the sacredness of human life. Each Sister received her first apostolic mission at the end of the Mass of Profession, celebrated by Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Archdiocese St. Paul and Minneapolis. The mass was held at Sacred Heart Parish in Suffern, NY, followed by a small celebration with the community and families of the newly professed sisters at our motherhouse. Congratulations, Sr. Maria Cristina, Sr. Pia Jude, Sr. Cara Marie, Sr. Gabriela Maria Mega, Sr. Elizabeth Grace, Sr. Magnificat Rose, and Sr. Jordan Rose!
On August 6, 2016, six of our Sisters professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and to protect and enhance the sacredness of all human life. His Excellency, Bishop John O’Hara, auxiliary bishop of New York, presided over the Mass at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, CT for the occasion. Joined by hundreds of family and friends for the celebration, Mother Agnes Mary joyfully received the vows of Sr. Maria Emmanuel, Sr. Brigid Ancilla Marie, Sr. Grace Dominic, Sr. María Laetitia, Sr. Ann Catherine, and Sr. Maeve Nativitas. May God be praised!
Sr. Mary Elizabeth will be presenting Living Mercy: A Fruit of Union with Jesus at the Philadelphia Archdiocese Catholic Women’s Conference on October 29th. The conference is at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Visit the Philadelphia Catholic Women’s Conference Website to register and for more details.
Join the Sisters of Life as they share the charism of life in New Zealand at the Voice of the Family Conference and Life Fest for youth in September.
On August 4th, the Sisters of Life welcomed nine new novices! These, are youngest sisters, joyfully received the holy habit — a sign of the consecrated life that they aspire to live with God’s grace — and their new religious names. May they be blessed as they step into this new chapter of their vocational journey!
From left to right: (top row) Sr. Fidelity Grace, Sr. Lily Marie, Sr. Mary Grace, (middle row) Sr. Gaudia Maria Magdalena, Sr. Catherine Joy Marie, (bottom row) Sr. Ann Immaculé, Sr. Zelié Maria Louis, Sr. Mary Casey O’Connor
We had the tremendous privilege of working with the Knights of Columbus to host Mercy Centre, the largest English Speaking Site at World Youth Day, in Krakow from July 26-31 at the Tauron Arena. Each day we hosted over 15,000 young pilgrims with an array of speakers, concerts, opportunities for prayer, confession, adoration and time to connect with other young people from around the world. In hosting the pilgrims, our Sisters prayed that their consecrated witness of joy in knowing and loving Jesus would overflow and bear abundant fruit in the hearts and lives of the youth that we encountered.
Those of us who were there will never forget the evening program on Wednesday: Matt Maher and Audrey Assad providing the music for a Holy Hour in which 20,000 young people were on their knees singing their hearts out and in silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Barron gave an amazing homily on the power of the Cross.
To see highlights from the daily catechesis, photos and videos, visit the Knights of Columbus WYD Archive, Salt + Light Media World Youth Day Central, and the Mercy Centre website. Full video coverage of the Mercy Centre is available from the Knights of Columbus:
- Mercy Centre Day 1: Australian & Canadian Gathering, City of Saints Panel
- Mercy Centre Day 2: American Gathering, Sr. Bethany Madonna, S.V., Cardinal O’Malley, Night of Mercy with Bp. Barron
- Mercy Centre Day 3: Solidarity, Cardinal Tagle
- Mercy Centre Day 4: The Cross, Cardinal Dolan
- Pope Francis visits the Mercy Centre
In preparation to welcome thousands of pilgrims from around the globe to World Youth Day, many Sisters of Life embarked on pilgrimage through the homeland of Pope Saint John Paul II. Joined by the College Knights of Columbus from the United States and Poland, we traveled to many holy places around Kraków, carrying with us the many intentions of all of the pilgrims flocking to the historic city. We walked in the footsteps of Pope Saint John Paul II, visiting Jasna Gora and the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, hiking in the mountains of Zakopane, visiting Our Lady of Ludźmierz, praying in Wadowice, the hometown of John Paul II, and celebrating mass in the chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina received the image of Divine Mercy. A visit to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau provided opportunity to remember the many lives lost on that hallowed ground, and the many saints raised to glory through the darkness of suffering, including St. Maxmillian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Many thanks to the Albertine Sisters and the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy who graciously hosted us during these days with beautiful Polish hospitality!