Postulant Entrance 2017

October 18, 2017 by  
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On September 9th, the Sisters of Life welcomed eight new postulants at St. Frances de Chantal Convent in the Bronx. We are so happy to welcome them and their families! Please join us in praising God for their “fiat” to enter into this journey of discernment.

Top row, from left to right: Annemarie, Larysa, Mikayla, Marlena
Bottom: Kayla, Melissa, Maura, & Molly

Fall Road Trip 2017 (Franciscan, UPitt, and DeSales)

October 10, 2017 by  
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Sr. Bethany, Sr. Faustina, and Sr. Magnificat soaked in the graces of this new apostolic year with a road trip out to Franciscan University where Sr. Bethany gave a talk on healing as part of a Symposium on the Gift of Human Sexuality hosted at the University this fall. The room was filled to the brim, as over 300 students attended! We were blessed to spend a few days on campus where we met and prayed with students, had meals with different households, and Sr. Faustina (an alum!) gave a talk to young women. The road trip continued as we journeyed to Pittsburgh where Sr. Magnificat gave a reflection to students at the University of Pittsburgh, and had the opportunity to speak to classes at a local, all-girls’ high school. We ended our trip with a visit to DeSales University where we had dinner with students and Sr. Faustina gave a reflection to some members of the senior class. 

Ignite Your Torch-Kentucky

October 10, 2017 by  
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Sr. Elizabeth Grace, Sr. Magnificat Rose, Sr. Jeanne Marie, Sr. Maria Frassati, and Sr. Lucia Christi took a road trip down to Sr. Elizabeth Grace’s home state of Kentucky from July 4-10 where they were invited to help with a youth conference called Ignite Your Torch. The graces were flowing throughout the Conference as close to 150 young people gathered for talks, games, Mass, adoration, and the opportunity to pray outside of an abortion clinic. Our Sisters joyfully shared the Charism of Life throughout the week- Sr. Elizabeth Grace gave the Keynote one night while the other Sisters helped give breakout sessions and participated in the music ministry. 

Kickin’ off the year at NYU!

October 9, 2017 by  
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Our Sisters began the apostolic year close to home with a visit to New York University in lower Manhattan. Sr. Bethany, Sr. Faustina, Sr. Benedicta, and Sr. Magnificat were invited to join FOCUS missionaries and students at NYU as they kicked off the school year with a picnic and evangelization in Washington Square Park. The gorgeous day was equally matched with beautiful encounters as our Sisters shared the Charism and joy of the Gospel in the heart of the city. The day ended with Adoration, Mass, and a dinner to welcome new students.

First Profession of Vows – August 3, 2017

August 7, 2017 by  
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August 3rd was a joyous day for the Sisters of Life: ten new sisters professed vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and to protect the sacredness of human life! The entire community gathered with the families of the newly professed at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern, NY, to witness the event. Bishop Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Center celebrated mass, and Mother Agnes Mary received each sister’s vows. At the end of the mass, each new sister received her first mission at the service of God’s Gift of Life and the Church. The celebration continued with a picnic at Annunciation Motherhouse. 

Congratulations Sr. Jeanne Marie, S.V., Sr. Mercy Marie, S.V., Sr. Theresa Francesca, S.V., Sr. Celeste Mariae Therese, S.V., Sr. Gemma Grace Marie, S.V., Sr. Anastasia Chiara Luce, S.V., Sr. Maria Frassati, S.V., Sr. Caroline Caritas, S.V., Sr. Lucia Christi, S.V., and Sr. Avelina Joseph, S.V!

Read the announcement in Catholic New York.

Sisters of Life Profession 2017

Novitiate Entrance – August 4, 2017

August 5, 2017 by  
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On August 4th, the Sisters of Life welcomed 12 new novices into the novitiate! While the community gathered together in prayer at the motherhouse chapel, each novice received the holy habit, the constitutions of the Sisters of Life, and her new religious name. Please pray for our beautiful new sisters as they continue on the journey that Our Lord has invited them to!

Sisters of Life New Novices 2017

Top row, from left to right: Sr. Madeleine Agnes, Sr. Martha Maria Guadalupe, Sr. Mary Catherine, Sr. Perpetua Lucia Mariae; Middle row: Sr. Luca Benedict, Sr. Desirae Purissima, Sr. Lumen Gloriae, Sr. Cora Caeli; Bottom row: Sr. Juliana Faustina, Sr. Gloria Maria, Sr. Charity, Sr. Tirzah Mariae

Alaska – July 2017

August 1, 2017 by  
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Sr. Pia Jude, SV, Sr. Mercy Marie, Sr. Theresa Francesca, Sr. Gemma Grace Marie, and Sr. Avelina Joseph, had the gift of bringing the Charism of Life to Alaska this summer. The five Sisters spent two weeks at St. Therese Camp, a Catholic camp for youth in Alaska. The Sisters joined the campers for prayer times and catechesis on what it means to abide in the Father’s Heart, played sports, enjoyed paddle boating on the lake, and much more. During the weekend between the weeks of Camp, the Sisters hosted a Young Women’s Retreat, with the theme Chosen. About 40 young women came from the Anchorage area and as far north as North Pole to be part of this grace-filled retreat, which included talks by the Sisters on prayer, trust, and the feminine genius; a vocations bonfire, where the Sisters each shared their vocation stories; and time with Our Lord in Holy Mass, Adoration, and Confession. The Sisters also had the opportunity to spend the day with a wonderful Catholic family, who took the Sisters out to experience the natural beauty of Alaska. They drove down the breathtaking coast of the Seward Highway, saw some Alaskan wildlife and visited a glacier! The Sisters enjoyed sharing the joy of the Gospel with each person they encountered. God truly blessed our time in Alaska!

Renewal of Vows – June 2017

July 27, 2017 by  
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On Saturday, June 24th, the solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, ten Sisters of Life renewed their vows to God of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. During a beautiful mass celebrated by Bishop Byrne, auxiliary bishop of New York, Mother Agnes received the vows of our sisters in our motherhouse chapel. Congratulations Sr. Talitha Guadalupe, Sr. Virginia Joy, Sr. Mariana Benedicta, Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, Sr. Cecilia Rose, Sr. Mary Margaret Hope, Sr. Mary Pieta, Sr. Josephine Rose, Sr. Angelina Marie, and Sr. Faith Marie!

FOCUS New Staff Training – Ave Maria, FL June 2017

July 3, 2017 by  
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Sr. Grace Dominic, Sr. Maris Stella, Sr. Michela, Sr. Faustina, Sr. Cecilia Rose, and Sr. Sophia traveled to Ave Maria, FL for a few weeks at the beginning of June to be present for FOCUS’s (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) New Staff Training (NST) with some 800 missionaries, who desire to make the Name of Jesus known and loved on college campuses and are a powerful witness in our culture. Our Sisters had the great joy of being able to join them for their bible studies, small groups, prayer, and yes…ultimate frisbee!

Corpus Christi Procession “Be Consumed by the Fire” – New York City, June 2017

July 3, 2017 by  
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Sisters of Life joined the Frassati Fellowship of NYC in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of SoHo, New York City, to celebrate the gift of the Eucharist on the solemnity of Corpus Christi. Hundreds of locals encountered Christ in the Blessed Sacrament as we processed to Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Frassati members led praise and worship during an evening of adoration, confessions, and intercessory prayer.

Photos courtesy of Jon Marquez.

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