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.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – May 2017

June 29, 2017 by  
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Recently Sr. Monica Faustina and Sr. Mary Karen were invited to go to the Holy Land on pilgrimage. They loved being there; the places of our faith have impacted them both so much. Here are a few of the photos from their journey. Please know that they prayed for you and your intentions during this trip, particularly at the Western Wall.

Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes – May 2017

June 29, 2017 by  
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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima, the Sisters of Life and FOCUS missions organized a Marian pilgrimage through France, Spain and Portugal. We had about 35 young women with us as we prayed in Lourdes, Loyola, Avila, Segovia and Fatima. Our Blessed Mother’s presence was definitely felt among us obtaining many graces for each pilgrim and those for whom she was praying!

Mother’s Day 2017

June 20, 2017 by  
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It was a great joy to celebrate the gift of the more than 70 of the amazing moms we have served through our Visitation and Holy Respite Missions in New York City this Mother’s Day. They came to Stamford, CT on buses from the five boroughs and beyond. They came with 150 of their beautiful children to enjoy a day in the fresh air and sunshine, made possible by over 100 of our generous Co-Workers of Life who helped with the day. There was delicious food, arts and crafts, face-painting, balloon animals, a petting zoo, and musical entertainment crowned by a time of Eucharistic Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We ended the day with a beautiful procession to Our Lady of Fatima to thank her for the miracle of the sun on Sunday morning after a stormy Saturday.

A visit to the Island

May 23, 2017 by  
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Earlier this month, our sisters visited classrooms and spoke to students at Bishop McGann- Mercy High School in Riverhead, N.Y. They shared the charism of life with stories from the mission, answered questions about religious life and recounted their own stories of grace. We are grateful to St. John the Evangelist Church in Center Moriches, N.Y. who so graciously hosted our sisters. 

 

 

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