University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

December 18, 2018 by  
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Amidst a blustering snowstorm and an island-wide power outage, Sr. Monica Marie and Sr. Avelina Joseph touched down to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, to host a Day of Recollection for the students at University of PEI during the first weekend of Advent. While there, the Sisters were also able to join the PEI Right to Life group for a dinner and gave a Charism talk at St. Dustan’s Basilica. And of course, the Sisters squeaked in a Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast just before leaving to go back home! The Sisters were amazed at the over-the-top hospitality, generosity and goodness with which they were welcomed by the families, parishioners and students at Charlottetown. It was a gift to witness the incredible openness to the Charism of Life in the people they encountered.

A Night of Mercy in Philly – Oct. 4, 2018

October 20, 2018 by  
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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

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!

Our New Postulants – September 8, 2018

September 18, 2018 by  
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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

September 18, 2018 by  
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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

July 17, 2018 by  
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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

July 17, 2018 by  
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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

World Youth Day 2016 – Mercy Centre

August 8, 2016 by  
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We had the tremendous privilege of working with the Knights of Columbus to host Mercy Centre, the largest English Speaking Site at World Youth Day, in Krakow from July 26-31 at the Tauron Arena. Each day we hosted over 15,000 young pilgrims with an array of speakers, concerts, opportunities for prayer, confession, adoration and time to connect with other young people from around the world. In hosting the pilgrims, our Sisters prayed that their consecrated witness of joy in knowing and loving Jesus would overflow and bear abundant fruit in the hearts and lives of the youth that we encountered.

Those of us who were there will never forget the evening program on Wednesday: Matt Maher and Audrey Assad providing the music for a Holy Hour in which 20,000 young people were on their knees singing their hearts out and in silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Barron gave an amazing homily on the power of the Cross.

To see highlights from the daily catechesis, photos and videos, visit the Knights of Columbus WYD Archive, Salt + Light Media World Youth Day Central, and the Mercy Centre website. Full video coverage of the Mercy Centre is available from the Knights of Columbus:

World Youth Day 2016 – Mercy Pilgrimage

August 7, 2016 by  
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In preparation to welcome thousands of pilgrims from around the globe to World Youth Day, many Sisters of Life embarked on pilgrimage through the homeland of Pope Saint John Paul II. Joined by the College Knights of Columbus from the United States and Poland, we traveled to many holy places around Kraków, carrying with us the many intentions of all of the pilgrims flocking to the historic city. We walked in the footsteps of Pope Saint John Paul II, visiting Jasna Gora and the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, hiking in the mountains of Zakopane, visiting Our Lady of Ludźmierz, praying in Wadowice, the hometown of John Paul II, and celebrating mass in the chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina received the image of Divine Mercy. A visit to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau provided opportunity to remember the many lives lost on that hallowed ground, and the many saints raised to glory through the darkness of suffering, including St. Maxmillian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Many thanks to the Albertine Sisters and the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy who graciously hosted us during these days with beautiful Polish hospitality!