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FOCUS New Staff Training – Ave Maria, FL June 2017

Sr. Grace Dominic, Sr. Maris Stella, Sr. Michela, Sr. Faustina, Sr. Cecilia Rose, and Sr. Sophia traveled to Ave Maria, FL for a few weeks at the beginning of June to be present for FOCUS’s (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) New Staff Training (NST) with some 800 missionaries, who desire to make the Name of Jesus known and loved on college campuses and are a powerful witness in our culture. Our Sisters had the great joy of being able to join them for their bible studies, small groups, prayer, and yes…ultimate frisbee!

Corpus Christi Procession “Be Consumed by the Fire” – New York City, June 2017

Sisters of Life joined the Frassati Fellowship of NYC in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of SoHo, New York City, to celebrate the gift of the Eucharist on the solemnity of Corpus Christi. Hundreds of locals encountered Christ in the Blessed Sacrament as we processed to Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Frassati members led praise and worship during an evening of adoration, confessions, and intercessory prayer.

Photos courtesy of Jon Marquez.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – May 2017

Recently Sr. Monica Faustina and Sr. Mary Karen were invited to go to the Holy Land on pilgrimage. They loved being there; the places of our faith have impacted them both so much. Here are a few of the photos from their journey. Please know that they prayed for you and your intentions during this trip, particularly at the Western Wall.

Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes – May 2017

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima, the Sisters of Life and FOCUS missions organized a Marian pilgrimage through France, Spain and Portugal. We had about 35 young women with us as we prayed in Lourdes, Loyola, Avila, Segovia and Fatima. Our Blessed Mother’s presence was definitely felt among us obtaining many graces for each pilgrim and those for whom she was praying!

Mother’s Day 2017

It was a great joy to celebrate the gift of the more than 70 of the amazing moms we have served through our Visitation and Holy Respite Missions in New York City this Mother’s Day. They came to Stamford, CT on buses from the five boroughs and beyond. They came with 150 of their beautiful children to enjoy a day in the fresh air and sunshine, made possible by over 100 of our generous Co-Workers of Life who helped with the day. There was delicious food, arts and crafts, face-painting, balloon animals, a petting zoo, and musical entertainment crowned by a time of Eucharistic Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We ended the day with a beautiful procession to Our Lady of Fatima to thank her for the miracle of the sun on Sunday morning after a stormy Saturday.

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. 

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