On March 4, 2017, Sr. Marie Veritas and Sr. Lucia Christi were able to attend the Lift Jesus Higher Youth Rally in Toronto, Canada, a huge event organized by Catholic Renewal Ministries. Approximately 1000 teens aged 13-18 attended the day-long program of speakers, music, Eucharistic adoration, praise and worship, and Holy Mass. The Sisters were able to speak on the Charism of Life, and meet many youth from across Canada and the USA.
Our sisters began their trip out to the Midwest, Feb. 8-12, in the subzero temperatures of North Dakota. Sr. Faustina Maria Pia and Sr. Magnificat Rose shared the charism of life to high school students “The Rock,” an event sponsored by St. Mary Central Catholic High School in Bismarck. They also visited classrooms and later spent time with students at University of Mary.
They continued on to Notre Dame University, for the Edith Stein Project Conference, an initiative that began in 2006 for students to dialogue and learn about issues facing modern culture and the Church’s response, while emphasizing the unique beauty of femininity and masculinity. Our sisters spoke on the feminine heart and prayer.
On February 26th, our Sisters helped to kick off the Manhattan 40 Days for Life Campaign in New York City. Many gathered at Old St. Patrick’s Basilica to begin this biannual witness of prayer for life that will continue through April 9th near abortion clinics around the world.
Video from Currents NY, New York’s Catholic daily news program.
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.
To kick of the new year, Sr. Marie Veritas, Sr. Josephine Rose, and Sr. Claudia Marie flew across the continent to attend the 2017 Catholic Christian Outreach Rise Up Conference in Vancouver. A gathering of over 700 students from university campuses across Canada, Rise Up “exists to motivate and inspire leaders for the renewal of the world.” Diving into 3 grace-packed days of prayer and Sacraments, fellowship, fantastic speakers, workshops, music, and a New Year’s Mass and Banquet, the Sisters truly experienced the Spirit moving in Canada!
To close the Year of Mercy, our Sisters in Toronto organized a special Source Holy Hour of Mercy at St. Peter’s Church on November 19th. This night was special because the door of the church was designated a Door of Mercy just for the night! During the Eucharistic Holy Hour there was music led by a local Catholic musician, Joe Zambon, confessions, a talk on Mercy, and it all ended with a Eucharistic procession around the church. The event was a powerful explosion of God’s Mercy in the city of Toronto – over 600 people attended to adore Jesus and His Mercy!