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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!

Novitiate Entrance – July 16, 2018

On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Sisters of Life had the joy of welcoming six new novices! Fr. Solanus, C.F.R. presided as our new novices received their religious names and the holy habit. May Jesus, the Lord of Life, continue to bless these dear sisters as they continue to say, “yes!” to Him.

Pictured from left to right: (top row) Sr. Léonie Thérèse, Sr. Beata Victoria, Sr. Chiara Madonna
(bottom row) Sr. Anima Christi Rose, Sr. Maria Augustine, Sr. Claire Joy

Sisters of Life new novices 2018

Renewal of Vows – June 23, 2018

Four of our sisters renewed their vows to the Lord of Life on June 23, 2018. Bishop O’Connell, of Trenton, New Jersey, celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in our motherhouse chapel as Mother Agnes Mary received the vows of Sr. Virginia Joy, S.V., Sr. Claudia Marie, S.V., Sr. Sophia, S.V., and Sr. Naomi Maria Magnificat, S.V. Bishop O’Connell described the day as “pure joy.” We agree!

Read the Bishop’s Remarks

Louisiana!

Sr. Faustina and Sr. Anastasia had the privilege of traveling to “Cajun Country” from April 4-9th, where they received a warm welcome from the beautiful people of Louisiana! They were invited to share the Charism of Life at a variety of events: a campus ministry night at Louisiana State University, classroom visits at a Catholic elementary school, a Mother-Daughter Tea event, an event for high school students at a local parish, and a Divine Mercy Procession in Baton Rouge. There were grace-filled encounters each day, as the Sisters spread God’s Merciful Love over Divine Mercy Weekend!  

Hoosier Catholic Week!

From Feb. 25th-Mar. 1st, Sr. Magnificat Rose, Sr. Lucia Christi, and Sr. Catherine Joy Marie, were invited to be a part of Hoosier Catholic Week at Indiana University–Sr. Lucia Christi’s alma mater! They were blessed to be able to give a talk at a Women’s Night, share vocations stories, meet with young women, and evangelize on campus with the FOCUS missionaries. Our Sisters also had the privilege of visiting Marian University, where they gave a talk on the Charism of Life to students. 

Richmond, VA

Sr. Bethany, Sr. Magnificat, and Sr. Catherine Joy Marie had the blessing of visiting Richmond, Va from February 8th-11th. Sr. Bethany was invited to speak at the College Summit and the Diocesan Youth Conference that the diocese of Richmond was sponsoring. The two conferences were going on simultaneously and it was a jam-packed weekend of grace! Sr. Bethany gave 2 keynotes to the 800 college students in attendance and 2 talks to the 1400 high school students, and Sr. Magnificat also gave a talk to the college women. Our Sisters also had the opportunity to visit the University of Virginia where they shared the Charism and a Vocation Story with the students. 

 

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