December 16, 2014 – Mother Agnes Mary, S.V., Superior General of the Sisters of Life and Chair of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) contributed in the Press Release Conference on Wednesday, December 16, 2014, along with Mother M. Clare Millea, A.S.C.J., Superior General of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Director of the Apostolic Visitation, and Sr. Sharon Holland, Vice President of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). We are grateful for the solicitude of the Holy See towards Religious and for the completion of the Apostolic Visitation. Together with all of our sisters across the country, we pray for the flourishing of Religious Life into the future.
A Response to the Final Report of the Apostolic Visitation by Mother Agnes M. Donovan, S.V., Chair of the CMSWR
Press Conference for the presentation of the Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation
Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States
From the National Catholic Register:
Vatican Thanks Sisters and Calls Them to Unity and Self-Evaluation
Vatican Releases Final Report on Visitation of U.S. Women Religious
Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV, responds to the Final Report of the Visitation of Women Religious:
Watch the Vatican Press Conference presenting the Final Report of the Apostolic Visitation to the Institutes of Consecrated Life of women religious in the United States of America:
On December 13th, we were blessed to have about 45 moms and their children come to celebrate Christmas! After lunch and games children, mothers, volunteers, Sisters and seminarians gathered around the manger as Fr. Peter Marr spoke to us and blessed us. A Christmas story called, “Always Room for a Little One” was read by Sr. Maria Regina.
Special thanks to Fr. Marr and the St. Augustine’s seminarians for joining us, “All 4 Him” for providing music and our stellar Co-Workers who ran the kitchen and provided rides for the women.
Saturday, November 30, 2014
Approximately 250 coworkers and friends of the Sisters of Life joined us for our yearly Advent Afternoon, this year held at St. Paul’s Basilica in Toronto. We enjoyed a beautiful celebration of the Holy Mass, celebrated by Bishop Vincent Nguyen for the First Sunday of Advent and gathered afterward for food and fellowship in the hall below. Sr. John Mary shared a beautiful reflection on Advent and consecrated life. Our evening concluded with candles and songs of the season.
The Toronto Sisters of Life hosted a day of recollection on Saturday, November 8th focused on prayer and the discernment of spirits. The day included a Eucharistic Holy Hour with meditative music played by the Sisters and small group discussions.
On September 6th, we were blessed to have 13 young women enter the Sisters of Life as postulants. They come from across the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. Welcome to our new postulants!
The weekend of July 4-6, 2014 more than 2,000 teenagers and youth ministers gathered at the old Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens for the first (hopefully annual) Toronto Steubenville Conference! The weekend included dynamic speakers from all over the United States, praise and worship music, Eucharistic Adoration, a Eucharistic procession around the entire arena, Mass, break out sessions, small groups and the sacrament of Reconciliation was available all weekend! It was incredible to see so many young people praising God in song, receiving Him in the Eucharist at Mass, coming face to face with Him during the Eucharistic Procession and being forgiven by Him during confession. The theme of the conference was, Isaiah 12:2 “behold God is my salvation, I will trust and will not be afraid…”
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.
On Saturday, May 17th we celebrated the women we serve in our Visitation Mission- all our heroic mothers- and welcomed them and their children to our Centre at St. Catherine of Siena for an afternoon of festivities, fellowship and food. Seminarians provided entertainment and “All 4 Him,” a local praise and worship band, supplied amazing music for our guests! Fr. Peter Marr spoke beautifully to all who gathered about the beauty of motherhood. The celebration concluded with a crowning of Our Blessed Mother and all were invited to bring a candle forward along with their prayer intentions. All in all it was a beautiful celebration!