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Novitiate Entrance – July 16, 2018

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

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

Louisiana!

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!

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

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

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. 

 

SLS 2018

Our Sisters traveled to the Windy City from Jan. 2-6 for FOCUS’ Student Leadership Summit Conference. There may have been subzero temperatures outside, but the Lord was actively warming the hearts of  the 8,000 young adults who attended and setting them on fire with His Love! Sr. Bethany gave one of the keynotes, “My Father and yours…Unleashing the Blessing,” and Sr. Faustina gave a breakout session called “Encountering a Person in Crisis” (so many people wanted to attend that the room was literally overflowing!). The days were richly blessed as our Sisters had the opportunity to encounter many students and missionaries who are seeking to deepen their relationship with Christ. God is about a mighty work! If you would like to listen to some of the talks given at the conference you can check out FOCUS’ website at https://focusoncampus.org/sls18-talks. 

Wisconsin!

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)! 

Boston

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! 

 

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