Yesterday, we celebrated the Sacred Heart of Jesus–the unfathomable love of the Heart of Jesus for each person– and we witnessed this love at work in our 8 new novices, as they received the habit and their new religious name and moved from being postulants to begin as novices. Now, the love and graces that these women have carried in their hearts receive a new confirmation and exterior expression. Please pray for our new novices: Sr. Maria Cristina (Maria Cristina), Sr. Elizabeth Grace (Megan), Sr. Anne Marie Elizabeth (Anne Marie), Sr. Magnificat Rose (Jillian), Sr. Pia Jude (Christen), Sr. Cara Marie (Cara), Sr. Gabriela Maria Mega (Mega), & Sr. Jordan Rose (Jordan)!
On June 9, the Feast of Our Lady of Grace, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins blessed St. Joseph Convent for the Sisters of Life. After an estimated 5500 hours of donated professional services, our convent is now completely renovated and home to our Toronto Sisters! Mother Agnes reminded those gathered how graciously Cardinal Collins welcomed us when we first arrived in the Archdiocese of Toronto in August 2007 and expressed her gratitude for the Cardinal’s generosity in making St. Joseph’s available to us. May St. Joseph’s convent be the first of many houses of the Sisters of Life in Canada!
Approximately 40 young women gathered at St. Francis Retreat Centre in Caledon, Ontario Canada for a powerful and grace-filled weekend at the “I Believe in Love” young women’s retreat. Retreatants sank into the silence and allowed the Lord to speak to them through prayer, talks by the Sisters, one-on-one meetings, Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.
This year’s National March for Life took place on Thursday, May 8th, 2014, where over 25,000 people stood up for life in Ottawa, the Nation’s capitol.
We make hundreds of choices every day. Some are insignificant, others can impact our lives forever. The multimedia exhibit, You & Me, draws you into an encounter with six people facing challenging situations who discover the freedom and joy that comes from a love that is willing to sacrifice for the good of another. This March, the You&Me Exhibit had it’s first-ever showing on a university campus! In corroboration with Evangelical Catholic and Jump Start, we were able to bring the You&Me Exhibit to Purdue University, hosted by Purdue Catholic Students at St. Tom’s.
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.