Some of our Sisters rang in 2015 with about 700 university students in Calgary Alberta, singing, “O God beyond all praising, we worship you today…”
Rise Up is a conference for young adults (aged 18-35) hosted by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), a Canadian university student movement – but Rise Up is more than a conference. It exists to motivate and inspire leaders for the renewal of the world.
This year’s theme: “Revive This Generation”
10,000 College Students + Jesus + FOCUS & 20 Sisters of Life + 5 grace-filled days in Nashville = SEEK2015!
Presented by FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students), SEEK2015 brought together thousands of college students & young adults, many families and dozens of priests and religious brothers & sisters, for 5 days of dynamic speakers, the daily celebration of Mass, Adoration and Confession, and plenty of music and laughter to top it all off–but ultimately to seek the face of Jesus and the purpose and JOY that comes in knowing and loving Him!
The Sisters of Life were excited to participate in SEEK in myriad ways, especially through presenting the You&Me Exhibit (a multi-media exhibit of life-changing stories of courage and grace), the launching of The Life App (jointly developed by FOCUS and the Sisters of Life), as speakers in the women’s session (watch Sr. Mary Gabriel’s talk below) and impact sessions, and in our countless beautiful conversations and encounters.
Fearless Hearts: Seek What Moves You Towards Freedom – Women’s Session Keynote by Sr. Mary Gabriel, S.V.
On December 20, chatter and laughter rang through the air all afternoon in a church hall in Manhattan, as we hosted our annual Christmas party for the mothers and children served through the Visitation Mission this year. Co-workers, volunteers, and Knights of Columbus helped set the scene with thousands of red and green balloons and a delicious catered dinner. But the afternoon’s highlight for the Sisters and the moms was watching all the kids perform a Nativity play, complete with Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the Star leading the way.
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)!