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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.

Events in Australia, May 2019

Our Sisters are visiting Australia, hosted by the The University of Notre Dame Australia.  You are welcome to join them at the following events:

Sydney 

Treasure in the Field – evening for young women (18-35 years of age)

Friday 17 May, 6pm 

St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 104 Broadway, Chippendale 

 

Feminine Genius Brunch – reflection morning for women of all ages 

Saturday 18 May, 10am 

Student Common Area, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 104 Broadway, Chippendale  

 

Faith, Work and Life – formation seminar for UNDA staff, Religious Education Coordinators and employees of Catholic agencies 

Monday 20 May, 10am 

St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 104 Broadway, Chippendale 

 

Theology on Tap – for young adults (18-35 years of age)

Monday 20 May, 6pm 

Two Wolves Community Cantina, 202 Broadway, Chippendale 

 

A Spirituality of Care – a seminar for staff and students from UNDA Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and for employees of healthcare providers 

Tuesday 21 May, 10am

The University of Notre Dame Australia, 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 

 

‘They left everything and followed him’:  Vocation stories for the new millennium – public forum on religious and priestly vocations today 

Tuesday 21 May, 6.30pm 

St Benedict’s Hall, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 104 Broadway, Chippendale 

 


 

Fremantle 

Walking with Love – public forum on assisting those who are struggling with unexpected pregnancy 

Thursday 23 May, 6pm for a 6.15pm start 

Santa Maria Lecture Theatre, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 19 Mouat St, Fremantle 

 

The Source – spiritual enrichment evening for young adults, including a reflection from Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB (Archbishop of Perth), Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and opportunities for Confession 

Friday 24 May, 6pm 

Holy Spirit Chapel, The University of Notre Dame Australia, 38 Mouat St, Fremantle 

 

Feminine Genius Brunch – reflection morning for women of all ages  

Saturday 25 May, 10am

Newman Siena Centre, 33 Williamstown Road, Doubleview 

Mount 2000, Emmitsburg, MD

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

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

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

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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Temporary – Gala

SEEK 2019 – Indianapolis

Ten of our Sisters were able to attend the FOCUS SEEK conference (www.focus.org) from January 3-7, 2019, in Indianapolis, IN.  It was an amazing time of prayer and fellowship with students from all over the US.  Sr. Bethany Madonna gave a keynote as well as breakout session.

Epiphany Celebration – Philly

On January 6th, hundreds of friends, volunteers and co-workers gathered for our Epiphany celebration at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in North Philadelphia for a Mass and reception in thanksgiving for those, who like the Magi offer their gifts of time, prayer and practical support of our mission in the City of Brotherly Love.

University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

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.

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