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If it weren’t for our wearing Yankee colors, our Sisters may have converted to being Packer fans during their grace-filled visit to Wisconsin from Nov. 16th-20th! Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sr. Magnificat Rose, and Sr. Theresa Francesca were invited to be present and speak to youth at St. Anne’s parish in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Sr. Bethany gave a dynamic talk about life and love to teenagers (and the many adults who wanted to come!) and the Sisters were present to parishioners after the Masses on Sunday. Our Sisters also tagged on visits to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee–where our Sisters gave a talk on the Feminine Heart, shared a Vocation story and stories from our Missions, and met with young women. The Sisters had a delightful time with students at both schools and even participated in two Friendsgivings leading up to Thanksgiving!

Relying on the Providence of God!

Oh how we love the providence of God and Providence, Rhode Island! Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sr. Magnificat Rose, and Sr. Catherine Joy Marie were invited to Providence College from Oct. 4-6th to speak at a Theology on Tap event (Sr. Bethany gave a great talk on God’s plan for life and love) and to share about the concept of “Delighting in the Other” with a group of peer ministers on campus. The students especially loved hearing Sr. Catherine Joy Marie share her vocation story as an alum of the school! Our Sisters had a blessed few days speaking with the students, having meals with them, and even playing a game of tennis! Their trip was book-ended with visits to Brown University and Yale University (where they attended a Pro-Life Conference)! 


Sr. Veronica, Sr. Mary Loretta, Sr. Faustina, and Sr. Magnificat had the great joy of sharing the Charism of Life with the historic city of Boston from Sept. 27-30, 2017. Sr. Veronica gave a talk the first night on the Healing Gaze of Jesus at St. Clement’s Shrine to a group of around 50 young adults. Over the next few days, the Sisters were blessed to visit with students at several schools in the area including MIT, Harvard (where Sr. Faustina gave a talk on the Charism of Life), and Northeastern. The Sisters even had the privilege of leading a group of MIT students in a rosary walk over the Charles River and getting a tour of Harvard from some of the students! 


Postulant Entrance 2017

On September 9th, the Sisters of Life welcomed eight new postulants at St. Frances de Chantal Convent in the Bronx. We are so happy to welcome them and their families! Please join us in praising God for their “fiat” to enter into this journey of discernment.

Top row, from left to right: Annemarie, Larysa, Mikayla, Marlena
Bottom: Kayla, Melissa, Maura, & Molly

Fall Road Trip 2017 (Franciscan, UPitt, and DeSales)

Sr. Bethany, Sr. Faustina, and Sr. Magnificat soaked in the graces of this new apostolic year with a road trip out to Franciscan University where Sr. Bethany gave a talk on healing as part of a Symposium on the Gift of Human Sexuality hosted at the University this fall. The room was filled to the brim, as over 300 students attended! We were blessed to spend a few days on campus where we met and prayed with students, had meals with different households, and Sr. Faustina (an alum!) gave a talk to young women. The road trip continued as we journeyed to Pittsburgh where Sr. Magnificat gave a reflection to students at the University of Pittsburgh, and had the opportunity to speak to classes at a local, all-girls’ high school. We ended our trip with a visit to DeSales University where we had dinner with students and Sr. Faustina gave a reflection to some members of the senior class. 

Ignite Your Torch-Kentucky

Sr. Elizabeth Grace, Sr. Magnificat Rose, Sr. Jeanne Marie, Sr. Maria Frassati, and Sr. Lucia Christi took a road trip down to Sr. Elizabeth Grace’s home state of Kentucky from July 4-10 where they were invited to help with a youth conference called Ignite Your Torch. The graces were flowing throughout the Conference as close to 150 young people gathered for talks, games, Mass, adoration, and the opportunity to pray outside of an abortion clinic. Our Sisters joyfully shared the Charism of Life throughout the week- Sr. Elizabeth Grace gave the Keynote one night while the other Sisters helped give breakout sessions and participated in the music ministry. 

Kickin’ off the year at NYU!

Our Sisters began the apostolic year close to home with a visit to New York University in lower Manhattan. Sr. Bethany, Sr. Faustina, Sr. Benedicta, and Sr. Magnificat were invited to join FOCUS missionaries and students at NYU as they kicked off the school year with a picnic and evangelization in Washington Square Park. The gorgeous day was equally matched with beautiful encounters as our Sisters shared the Charism and joy of the Gospel in the heart of the city. The day ended with Adoration, Mass, and a dinner to welcome new students.

First Profession of Vows – August 3, 2017

August 3rd was a joyous day for the Sisters of Life: ten new sisters professed vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and to protect the sacredness of human life! The entire community gathered with the families of the newly professed at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern, NY, to witness the event. Bishop Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Center celebrated mass, and Mother Agnes Mary received each sister’s vows. At the end of the mass, each new sister received her first mission at the service of God’s Gift of Life and the Church. The celebration continued with a picnic at Annunciation Motherhouse. 

Congratulations Sr. Jeanne Marie, S.V., Sr. Mercy Marie, S.V., Sr. Theresa Francesca, S.V., Sr. Celeste Mariae Therese, S.V., Sr. Gemma Grace Marie, S.V., Sr. Anastasia Chiara Luce, S.V., Sr. Maria Frassati, S.V., Sr. Caroline Caritas, S.V., Sr. Lucia Christi, S.V., and Sr. Avelina Joseph, S.V!

Read the announcement in Catholic New York.

Sisters of Life Profession 2017

Novitiate Entrance – August 4, 2017

On August 4th, the Sisters of Life welcomed 12 new novices into the novitiate! While the community gathered together in prayer at the motherhouse chapel, each novice received the holy habit, the constitutions of the Sisters of Life, and her new religious name. Please pray for our beautiful new sisters as they continue on the journey that Our Lord has invited them to!

Sisters of Life New Novices 2017

Top row, from left to right: Sr. Madeleine Agnes, Sr. Martha Maria Guadalupe, Sr. Mary Catherine, Sr. Perpetua Lucia Mariae; Middle row: Sr. Luca Benedict, Sr. Desirae Purissima, Sr. Lumen Gloriae, Sr. Cora Caeli; Bottom row: Sr. Juliana Faustina, Sr. Gloria Maria, Sr. Charity, Sr. Tirzah Mariae

Alaska – July 2017

Sr. Pia Jude, SV, Sr. Mercy Marie, Sr. Theresa Francesca, Sr. Gemma Grace Marie, and Sr. Avelina Joseph, had the gift of bringing the Charism of Life to Alaska this summer. The five Sisters spent two weeks at St. Therese Camp, a Catholic camp for youth in Alaska. The Sisters joined the campers for prayer times and catechesis on what it means to abide in the Father’s Heart, played sports, enjoyed paddle boating on the lake, and much more. During the weekend between the weeks of Camp, the Sisters hosted a Young Women’s Retreat, with the theme Chosen. About 40 young women came from the Anchorage area and as far north as North Pole to be part of this grace-filled retreat, which included talks by the Sisters on prayer, trust, and the feminine genius; a vocations bonfire, where the Sisters each shared their vocation stories; and time with Our Lord in Holy Mass, Adoration, and Confession. The Sisters also had the opportunity to spend the day with a wonderful Catholic family, who took the Sisters out to experience the natural beauty of Alaska. They drove down the breathtaking coast of the Seward Highway, saw some Alaskan wildlife and visited a glacier! The Sisters enjoyed sharing the joy of the Gospel with each person they encountered. God truly blessed our time in Alaska!

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