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!

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!  

  

 

 

   

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.

 

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!

 

 

Central Florida

October 8, 2018 by  
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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”

October 8, 2018 by  
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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!

Louisiana!

June 16, 2018 by  
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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!

June 16, 2018 by  
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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

April 11, 2018 by  
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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. 

 

Walk for Life 2018

April 11, 2018 by  
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Sr. Marija Joseph, Sr. Maria Laetitia, Sr. Magnificat Rose, and Sr. Jeanne Marie had the privilege of sharing the Charism of Life with those in San Francisco (Sr. Marija Joseph’s hometown!) from Jan. 25th-29th. Their time was richly blessed and they had many grace-filled encounters. During their visit, they had dinner with young women in the area, prayed with a pro-life group, spoke to students at a local, Catholic elementary school, participated in the Walk for Life, gave a talk Star of the Sea Parish (close to 400 people attended!), helped lead music for a Holy Hour, and participated in the Students for Life of America Conference. 

 

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