Nebraska

April 15, 2019 by  
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Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sr. Faustina Maria Pia and Sr. Lumen Gloriae spent many beautiful days in Nebraska at the end of March. The trip included a visit to the University of Nebraska, Omaha where Sr. Bethany spoke to students at the JPII Newman Center. The Sisters next traveled to Blaire: Sr. Lumen’s hometown! They spoke at a youth event about the gift of God and His plan for life and love. In Lincoln, the Sisters spent time with students of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Sr. Faustina shared at an “Upper Room” event for FOCUS missionaries and their disciples.

Mount 2000, Emmitsburg, MD

March 26, 2019 by  
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Sr. Jordan Rose and Sr. Ann Immaculee had the joy of attending an annual event hosted and run by the Seminarians of Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland, entitled Mount 2000. For the past 20 years, Mount 2000 has been changing the lives of Catholic teens through a weekend retreat centered on Sacraments: Mass, Confession and Eucharistic Adoration. The theme of the weekend was Ad Fontem, meaning “Back to the Source”, highlighting the important of Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith. Filled with time for prayer, fellowship and fun, the students also learned about the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity through a 3-part series of talks given throughout the weekend. Sr. Ann Immaculee gave a keynote on the Virtue of Charity and a Girl’s Breakout Session on the beauty of femininity. It was an absolute gift to watch Jesus encounter the hearts of so many young people!

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Women’s Conference, Columbus, OH

March 26, 2019 by  
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The Holy Spirit descended powerfully on the women of Columbus, Ohio for a day-long conference on Saturday, February 16th, hosted by women of the local area who desire to proclaim the beauty of the feminine heart. With 3500 women in attendance, Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, Sr. Marie Veritas and Sr. Jordan Rose had the great joy of sharing prayer and fellowship with all. Various speakers gave testimony to the gift of living as a daughter of God and responding to the call of love in one’s vocation, mission work, and the beauty of the feminine heart. Sr. Faustina spoke on prayer, trust and living an authentic relationship with God. The day also included mass with Bishop Campbell of Columbus, OH, a Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration, and networking among hundreds of vendors from around the country who are seeking to build a culture of life and love.

                The Sisters of Life then spent an evening at Ohio State for an SPO (St. Paul’s Outreach) women’s night. Sharing dinner and fellowship, the Sisters spoke about the power of God’s love and the call to consecration. It was beautiful to witness so many hearts desirous to grow in their relationship with the Lord!

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World Youth Day, Panama

March 26, 2019 by  
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Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sr. Maeve Nativitas and Sr. Gianna Maria had the great privilege to spend a week with thousands of pilgrims from the around the world in Panama for the 34th World Youth Day. The theme of WYD, chosen by our Holy Father, was “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,” echoing Mary’s fiat at the Annunciation. Sr. Bethany Madonna spoke at the U.S. pilgrim site during the “Fiat Festival,” with thousands in attendance. She encouraged all to give God one’s undivided “yes,” allowing Christ to become incarnate again within our hearts.

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March for Life 2019

March 26, 2019 by  
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The week of the March for Life was filled with abundant grace! While the canonical novices remained at the Motherhouse to intercede for the spiritual fruitfulness of the March, the rest of the community was in Washington D.C., praying alongside thousands of faithful Catholics who traveled to our Nation’s Capital to celebrate the goodness of life. We met so many supportive, joyful and enthusiastic souls who witnessed to us once again that the Gospel of Life is alive and growing among the youth of America.

 

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January 2019 E-Meditation

January 30, 2019 by  
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Blessed beginning of Ordinary Time! The first Sunday, we celebrated the Baptism of Jesus and the second, we reveled in His first miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana. Both of these beautiful mysteries shed marvelous light into discerning the vocation to the consecrated life.  

One of our Sisters recounts that there was a period in her young life that her Mother attended several funerals in a row, and she tagged along. “In Baptism, Charles died in Christ;” “In Baptism, Loretta died in Christ;” “In Baptism, George died in Christ;”- this was too much for her sensitive heart! Deeply concerned for the infants of the parish (a budding Sister of Life), she tearfully asked, “Mom, what is going on with the Baptisms?”


In Baptism, we do indeed die with Christ and we rise with Him. We are consecrated- that is, made holy and set aside for the sacred- becoming One with Jesus, an adopted child of God. It is a gift I didn’t deserve or earn, totally gratuitous and lavish. 
The call to consecration in religious life is a new and special bond, built upon the gift of Baptism. I am invited to be conformed to Jesus in a deeply intimate way, to live His very life- poor, chaste and obedient- by letting Him “renew His whole mystery” in me. (Elizabeth of the Trinity) The soul that is consecrated by these vows is changed, transformed, like water into wine.Jesus takes the simple elements of a life given over to Him and has the power to radically transform everything.

I love the words of the Blessed Mother at Cana- after she has told Jesus the need she sees, “They have no wine”- then she tells the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.”

John Paul II said that Mary shares “the deepest secret of her life” in these words. He goes on, “The whole of her person is in these words. Her life, in fact, has been a total yes to the Lord. A yes filled with joy and trust. ‘Do whatever He tells you’ means: listen to Jesus, my Son, act on His word and put your trust in Him. Learn to say yes to the Lord in every situation of your life.”JPII’s motto, “Totus Tuus”- Totally Yours (Mary)- came from St. Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Mary. Recently, Fr. Michael Gaitley wrote 33 Days to Morning Glory, another way of preparing your heart to give your life to Jesus through Mary. Consider using one of these methods to entrust your life and vocation to Our Lady this year.  Jesus worked His first miracle at her request and hasn’t stopped! May Our Lady of Cana bring your needs to Him, and may the Divine Bridegroom respond by filling the emptiness with His wine of love, peace and joy.

Enjoy this reflection on a line from the Litany of Trust- “From the belief I have to earn your love”- given by Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tucci7OUDBA
 
Upcoming trips and events: 
 
Prayer Vigil for Life on the Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade– January 22nd, join the Sisters of Life and the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal for an evening of prayer. https://archny.org/events/pv4l

World Youth Day: Sr. Bethany will go to Panama for WYD, speaking at the English speaking site, hosting by FOCUS and the Knights of Columbus on Jan. 23rd. Sr. Faustina will be in Washington D.C. for “Panama in the Capitol,” giving a talk on prayer on Jan. 24th.
Sr. Bethany and other Sisters will be traveling in Phoenix, AZ for a Conference, and will give a talk at Flagstaff the night of January 31st and brunch for women the following morning.Come February, Sr. Ann Immaculee will be addressing the teens at the Mount 2000, held at Mt. St. Mary’s Feb. 8th-10th.

Sr. Faustina will be in Columbus, OH to speak at the Women’s Conference on Saturday, Feb. 16th.

Come&See Retreats 

If you are interested in attending a Come&See Retreat, feel free to fill out the webform here and we will be in touch. https://www.sistersoflife.org/vocations

  • Spring C&S in New York will be held March 14-17
  •  C&S West in Denver (limited spaces) is from  April 4-7

GIVEN FORUM

The GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum will bring together young adult women from across the country for a multi-day forum. It is designed for young adult Catholic women seeking leadership training, faith formation, and support to better understand and pursue their particular mission and/or vocation. Apply here! https://giveninstitute.com/given-forum-2019/

Deadline is February 4th.  

 
Be assured of our prayers, in Christ, our Life,
 
Sr. Bethany Madonna

 

Columbia University & Barnard College

December 5, 2018 by  
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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!

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Louisiana

November 27, 2018 by  
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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!  

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Minnesota

November 26, 2018 by  
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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.

 

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Washington, D.C. and more!

November 26, 2018 by  
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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!

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