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University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Amidst a blustering snowstorm and an island-wide power outage, Sr. Monica Marie and Sr. Avelina Joseph touched down to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, to host a Day of Recollection for the students at University of PEI during the first weekend of Advent. While there, the Sisters were also able to join the PEI Right to Life group for a dinner and gave a Charism talk at St. Dustan’s Basilica. And of course, the Sisters squeaked in a Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast just before leaving to go back home! The Sisters were amazed at the over-the-top hospitality, generosity and goodness with which they were welcomed by the families, parishioners and students at Charlottetown. It was a gift to witness the incredible openness to the Charism of Life in the people they encountered.

Columbia University & Barnard College

This week the Sisters of Life spent an evening with the students of Columbia University and Barnard College for prayer, a tour of campus and fellowship. What a gift! It was wonderful to see Jesus so alive in the students who are following Him. The evening included dinner with the men and women of CCM and a women’s night. The sisters shared their vocation stories and gave a talk on the beauty of being a daughter of the Father and how to receive the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As Advent begins, it was a perfect way to come together and ready our hearts for His coming!

Louisiana

The Deep South welcomed our sisters with open arms as we flew into New Orleans and made our first stop at Xavier University—a college founded by St. Katherine Drexel. We were overjoyed to walk the grounds where Mother Drexel prayed and met amazing students.

The next four days were spent among the “Rajun Cajuns” of the University of Lafayette. What a joy! Sr. Bethany spoke at the Catholic Center’s monthly “501” Series, with a talk entitled “The Secrets of the Saints.” We also had the great gift of speaking to the teenagers of Our Lady of Wisdom parish about the Charism of Life and shared vocation stories—God is blessing so many hearts with His love!

The Sisters hosted an event entitled, “Treasure in a Field: How Jesus sees you and leads you.” With 22 women in attendance, we discussed the beauty of our call to love and vocational discernment, joining one another in prayer and fellowship. It is clear God is blessing these precious and faithful souls!  

  

 

 

   

Minnesota

In late October, our Sisters traveled to the Midwest for fellowship and prayer with the teens and young adults of Minnesota. Spending our first two days at the University of St. Thomas, we gave talks on discernment, prayer and the Charism of Life, and felt awed by the goodness of those we encountered. Sr. Ann Immaculee, a graduate of St. Thomas, was able to share her vocation story in the very place she received abundant grace. We also spent an evening with St. Paul’s Outreach—a night of fellowship, prayer and formation. What a gift! We then enjoyed a day on campus at the College of St. Benedict’s in Collegeville, MN with Catholic students beautifully living their faith. And our trip concluded with an Archdiocesan Youth Day at in St. Paul with 1,200 teenagers in attendance. Sr. Bethany gave a talk during a breakout session to young women on the beauty of their feminine hearts and the radiating joy of chastity.

 

Washington, D.C. and more!

In early October, our Sisters had the joy of spending five days in the greater D.C. area. Speaking on Humanae Vitae during its 50th Anniversary, Sr. Faustina Maria Pia kicked our time off at Theology on Tap in Baltimore, Maryland. We were deeply edified by the receptivity and openness of those who attended. We spent the next day on campus at the University of Maryland with FOCUS missionaries and college students, attending a weekly mass and dinner put on by their Catholic Student Center. It is beautiful to see how God draws so many hearts to Himself!

We continued our time the following evening at George Washington University for a women’s night at the Catholic Center. Sr. Ann Immaculee gave a talk on the beauty of the feminine genius. Next was George Mason University where Sr. Faustina spoke on the vocation to love. With 100 students in the crowd, we were deeply moved by their “yes” to Him. Catholic University was next, and we enjoyed an afternoon on campus, getting to know the beautiful students striving for holiness in our nation’s capital. Our week was concluded with a Day of Recollection at our local convent in D.C. for young women—the day included talks on prayer and discernment, sharing a meal together and time for silence and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. God is working powerfully on the East Coast!

 

 

A Night of Mercy in Philly – Oct. 4, 2018

Last week, our Sisters in Philadelphia were privileged to witness the power of God’s merciful love during their “Night of Mercy.” More than 200 people of all walks of life streamed into the church seeking the One who longs to lift burdens and heal hearts.The evening ended with cookies and cider in the courtyard. 

Central Florida

Sisters of Life take the Charism down south as they traveled the beautiful state of Florida! The heat was more than just the temperature— but the fire of the Holy Spirit! We began our trip in Gainesville, FL with the Students for Human Life Club on the University of Florida’s campus. Sr. Bethany Madonna spoke to 30 students about the gift of human life and ­­­­God’s plan for human sexuality. We were deeply moved by the fidelity and passion of the students, who led us through the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet outside of a local abortion clinic. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it!” (Jn 1:5) The next morning we were joined by 20 women at a “meet and greet” breakfast on campus, sharing the gift of consecration and the beauty of this call to love.

The grace continued as we traveled to the University of Central Florida for a day on campus with students from the Catholic Campus Ministry. What a joy to see such new life among the young adults in Orlando! Next stop: an hour south in Melbourne, FL where we met up with 200 young adults at a Young Adult Conference entitled, “God Speaks.” Our days in Melbourne included an evening with high school students at a Life Teen Mass and youth group at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, and a visit to Sr. Bethany’s alma mater, Melbourne Catholic High School, speaking to students of the goodness of the human heart and our capacity to live and love in accord with the truth. “God looked upon all He had made and saw that it was VERY good.” 

Sr. Therese Marie shares her vocation story at a Young Adult Conference

Sr. Bethany Madonna gives her vocation story at University of Central Florida

Sr. Ann Immaculee speaks about Charism of Life through the lens of the cross

Students for Human Life at University of Florida

FOCUS Day of “Re-Creation”

On September 22nd, the Sisters of Life and Franciscan Friars of the Renewal welcomed 23 FOCUS Missionaries to the Motherhouse for a Day of “Re-Creation”: a day to be renewed in Jesus, filled with His love and strengthened in the joy of community. The Holy Spirit certainly came down! Talks were given by the Sisters and Friars, along with extended hours of prayer, praise and worship, and fellowship with one another. Jesus is so pleased with His missionaries who are laboring in the vineyards of college campuses, and it is such a gift to be united with them in mission and desire!

Our New Postulants – September 8, 2018

On September 8, 2018, we had the joy of welcoming eight wonderful women as postulants with our community! Please keep them in your prayers as they begin this new journey.

Back row (left to right): Lauren, Sarah, Marie, Ali

Front row (left to right): Nancy, Jenny, Sharon, Katie

Profession of Final Vows – August 6, 2018

    

On August 6, 2018,  at St. John the Evangelist Basilica in Stamford, CT, eight of our Sisters – Sr. Talitha Guadalupe, S.V., Sr. Cecilia Rose, S.V., Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, S.V., Sr Mariana Benedicta, S.V., Sr. Gianna Maria, S.V., Sr. Monica Marie, S.V., Sr. Maria Regina Immaculata, S.V., and Sr. Marie Veritas, S.V. – professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.  Rejoice with us as our Sisters consecrate themselves forever to Jesus, the Lord of Life!

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