Braving the blustering cold of Fargo, North Dakota, Sr. Therese Marie and Sr. Grace Dominic joined the students at North Dakota State University for Bison Catholic Week, Jan. 24-26, an event sponsored by St. Paul’s Catholic Newman Center. During the week of prayer, fellowship and conferences, the sisters shared the charism of life, met with students and gave an address to women on the feminine heart – and even got a sneak peak inside the Fargodome!
“We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along the way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person—of every human person.” These words of the late Father Richard Neuhaus rang true as hundreds of thousands, who came from far and wide, walked along Constitution Avenue in D.C. on January 27th to witness to the truth of the dignity of human life.
The days before and after the March were teeming with activities in which our sisters participated, including: an evening of prayer and fellowship at George Mason University, the Vigil for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Life if Very Good Conference, Students for Life of America Conference, John Cardinal O’Connor Conference at Georgetown University, the Latinos Por la Vida Conference and a Day of Recollection at our convent in D.C.
This January, Sisters of Life were delighted to share the charism of life with west-coasters, young and old, who joined together in peaceful prayer and witness at the Walk for Life, West Coast in San Francisco! While in the misty city, we participated in and hosted several events for the faithful of San Francisco, including the youth conference “YOU: Known from all Eternity”, the annual Prayer Vigil for Life hosted by our Sisters in conjunction with the Dominican Friars, Catholic Underground Bay Area, the Students for Life of America conference, and visits to local schools and parishes. Of course, our visit wasn’t complete until we enjoyed a ride on the iconic cable cars of San Francisco! Thank you to all who gave us such a warm welcome!
Sisters from our Denver mission had the delight of traveling to San Francisco on pilgrimage with students from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Catch a glimpse of their encounters in this video collage of the journey from Fr. Peter Mussett, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center chaplain:
On January 21st we hosted an event at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate the gift of life. It was a beautiful day, full of many graces! We handed out 1,500 red roses to people inside and outside the Cathedral, encouraging them to bring the rose, with their prayer intentions, to Our Lady of Guadalupe – our Mother of Life. During the day there was such peace inside of the Cathedral, with our Sisters leading music while Jesus was being adored in the Eucharist. Many priests were hearing confessions at the same time – the grace was palpable! The day ended with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dolan.
Catholic New York wrote a beautiful article on the day. [Read the article here]
Come, Holy Spirit...and come He did! More than 12,000 college students from across the nation came streaming in with their university flags held high to the home of the Alamo – San Antonio, TX, for the SEEK 2017 Conference, Jan. 3-7, hosted by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Our Sisters were blessed to be present for the week as grace unfolded upon the event and on the souls present. Sr. Bethany Madonna gave a keynote address prior to an evening of adoration during which an estimated 4,000 confessions were heard by 350 priests. Sister also gave a breakout session earlier in the week, and our sisters met with hundreds of students and shared the Charism of life throughout the week.
On December 17th, a school gym was transformed into a winter wonderland and filled to the brim with excited mothers and children who came to celebrate the birth of Christ with us at the New York Visitation Mission’s annual Christmas party. Everyone enjoyed the delicious catered meal, the fun arts and crafts, the lively music, the beautiful decorations, and the great company! A highlight of the day was the Nativity play put on by all the children – they made the true meaning of Christmas come to life!
Dressed in their Christmas best, dozens of moms and children – former and current guests of Sacred Heart of Jesus convent – gathered together to sing “Happy Birthday” to the Baby Jesus – just one of the many traditions at our annual Sacred of Heart of Jesus Christmas party.
Even good ole’ St. Nick (as always) made an appearance at this beautiful homecoming.
During a recent visit to the City of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of our founder, John Cardinal O’Connor, our Sisters joined the Catholic Center for Young Adults (CCYA) for their weekly gathering of Mass followed by fellowship with discussion. They spent a day at Temple University’s Newman Center, meeting with students and challenging them to a mini Foosball tournament…. and they were merciful.
They went on to visit Regina Coeli Academy, a grade school, where they stopped in classrooms and gave talks to eager students. The road trip ended with a Sweaters, Swing and Sisters Christmas Party with Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University – students wore their best Christmas sweaters. By ‘best,’ we mean, ‘worst.’ Apparently, it isn’t officially the Advent Season without a good gaudy sweater party.
After hosting a Young Women’s Retreat at our convent in Denver for about 30 college-aged women, our Sisters were invited to attend a Denver Nuggets game for Catholic Families Night at the Pepsi Center. They joined Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, priests of the archdiocese and many other religious.
(Denver Nuggets beat Utah Jazz 105-91)
Photo courtesy Denver Catholic
Joining priests, seminarians and other religious, Sr. Magnificat Rose and Gemma Grace Marie attended the Called By Name Conference in the Diocese of Joliet, November 15-18 and welcomed hundreds of 7th and 8th grade students, who were eager to witness the joy of following God’s will for one’s life. The conference included praise and worship, Eucharistic Adoration, talks, basketball games, trivia, a vocations fair. The sisters shared the Charism of Life, vocation stories and spent time with the joyful youths of the diocese.
Their trip to the Midwest included a brief weekend visit to Milwaukee, WI, where they hosted several young adult events.