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A visit to the Island

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. 

 

 

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, Sr. Amata Filia, Sr. Magnificat Rose and Sr. Elizabeth Grace received a warm welcome deep in the heart of Texas where they visited, April 20-24, to speak and be present at Shepherd’s Cafe, a young adult event sponsored Mary Immaculate Catholic Church and for the Source and Summit retreat in Fort Worth, where they led small groups and gave a talk. 

Our Sisters shared the Charism of Life to audiences of all walks of life during their time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including students at University of North Texas and University of Dallas, children at a local homeschool group, high school students, and homeless men and women on the streets of Dallas. 

Celebrating Life! – Visitation Mission NYC

We’ve have some beautiful celebrations at the Visitation Mission recently, including a double Baptism and two 1st birthday parties. Donte and his baby brother Justice received the gift of adoption as sons of God last month with some help from our friends the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. We celebrated the 1st birthday and 1st anniversary of Baptism of our ‘miracle baby’ Angel who has proved all her medical prognoses wrong, surrounded by her medical staff and prayer support. Finally, we saw the Culture of Life made visible, as all of the Co-Workers who supported baby Hunter’s mom Aleisha came together to celebrate the 1st birthday of our little princess!

My Mother, the Saint – Meeting Dr. Gianna Molla

On April 1st and 2nd many of our novices and postulants were blessed to be able to meet Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla. Dr. Molla was visiting Long Island and sharing the story of her mother who refused medical treatments that would put her then unborn daughter’s life at risk. Dr. Gianna radiates the joy of Christ that was present in every aspect of her mother’s life!

University of St. Thomas

Sr. Grace Dominic and Sr. Magnificat Rose traveled to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN from April 3-5th.  Our Sisters were invited by the university’s Students for Human Life club for an event open to the public, where Sr. Grace Dominic spoke about the charism of life and the call to greatness. Their visit included an event sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for young women, an event with students involved in St. Paul’s Outreach and meetings with students on campus. 

Shine Conference, DeSales, and JMU
“I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12).
 
This verse was the theme of the Richmond Diocese’s SHINE Conference, where our sisters were invited to speak on how Christ is the Light of Life – the foundation of all other gifts. Our sisters joined about 150 parishioners from various parts of Virginia for the two-day conference, sponsored by the Office of Social Ministries. 
 
On the drive down, Sr. Faustina and Sr. Maria Frassati stopped at DeSales University for an evening with the students at their campus ministry house and shared stories and conversation over ice cream.  The trip back included a visit with students at James Madison University, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, where our sisters spoke at evening Masses and later cheered on an Ultimate Frisbee game. 
 
Road Trip to Boston

Our sisters visited the historic city of Boston, March 21-24th.  Sr. Grace Dominic and Sr. Magnificat Rose visited Boston University, Northeastern University and Boston College, where they met with students and spoke on the Charism of Life. 

Lift Jesus Higher Youth Rally – Toronto, Canada

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.

ND² Trip – North Dakota/Notre Dame

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.

40 Days for Life- New York City

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.

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