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From Our Leadership Team

During our May 11-13 meeting we watched Sharing the Vision: A Dialogue on Religious Life Today and into the Future, an excellent video presentation by the officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) at the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome. We invite you to view it—if possible with others—at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEtO4cV67q4&feature=youtu.be and if you do, don’t skip the questions and comments at the end—some of the best parts are there, especially the section on vocations!


Interesting Lecture 

Sr. Kathleen Deignan recently co-presented a lecture on "Thomas Berry: Prophet of the Ecozoic Earth Era" for the Thomas More Catholic Center at Yale University. Click the link below for description:

https://www.iona.edu/about/iona-in-community/the-thomas-berry-forum-for-ecological-dialogue/events.aspx


Beth Davies Reports Progress toward ending solitary confinement in Virginia prisons and thanks all (especially Sr. Marie Eliane Lachance) for their prayers that helped this come about. Click link below:

https://acluva.org/en/press-releases/aclu-va-sues-end-solitary-confinement-two-virginia-prisons


Study Abroad 

I will have the opportunity to study for one month in Jerusalem this June. I will miss a few days of my teaching Algebra... I will be taking a course on the Gospel of Mark at the Centre for Biblical Formation run by the Daughters of Sion. I have always been drawn to Mark's Gospel due to its directness and simplicity. So I am anticipating it with eagerness. The Centre is on the site of Ecce Homo where Jesus was condemned to death. The course will include excursions to all the significant holy places in Israel. I ask for your prayers for my journey and I will remember all of you in Jesus' homeland.

Sr. Pat McCarthy


Vocation News – Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis

Let us take our inspiration from Marguerite and invite women regularly into our homes to pray and share a meal. The Sisters at Assumption College have chosen Thursday evenings as their time together and it works well for them! You can start with sharing one of Louise Finn's books or Mary Anne Foley's about Marguerite Bourgeoys. In time, you can grow into Joan Chittister's book, What Are You Looking For, Seeking the God Who Is Seeking You.

Kathleen and Eileen Dorney accompanied me to the Albany area and thoroughly engaged with Vocation personnel from the Hudson Valley Region at our meeting April 29-May1st. The niece of Sr. St. Elizabeth of Jesus was thrilled to see us at the Carondelet Center and talk with us. She made copies of her aunt's obit written by Maura Nestor! Kathleen also encountered one of their sisters who she knew from the Yale Divinity School!

It has been wonderful meeting with vocation personnel from various religious communities whom know and speak highly of both American and Canadian CNDs!


Associate News – Sr. Joan Mahoney & Donna Wuhrer

Visit to Illinois – Sr. Joan Mahoney and Donna Wuhrer, Co-coordinators of Associate Relationship, met with Associates and Sisters in Chicago, Kankakee, and South Holland, Illinois during their recent visit in April. There were many wonderful Visitations which included time for prayer and discussions. The visit culminated with a retreat day on Spiritual Guides and Companions given by Sr. Joan and Donna. Approximately 25 Associates and Sisters from the area attended the retreat that was hosted by Associates from South Holland at St. Jude Parish. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to connect with others from surrounding cities to pray and share together.


Finding A Good Use For Plastic Bags: from Sr. Terry Martin

Groups of our church youngsters in Hayesville, NC are contributing to our beautiful green earth and are helping prevent pollution by making sleeping mats for the homeless. Six hundred plastic shopping bags are used to make one mat. The bags are cut and rolled into plarn (plastic yarn). Using a peg loom the yarn is woven into a mat. Some are crocheting the yarn to make a pillow. The youngsters and I meet once a week. As we weave and crochet we pray for the recipients. Children of all ages can help weave. It is an exciting project. This picture says it all!


The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration based in La Crosse, Wisconsin hosted a Town Hall event last week to help advocate for peace for the people of Cameroon, especially those impacted by the current Anglophone Crisis. The event served not only to educate attendees about the crisis, but invited them to join FSPA and Friends of Cameroon as they advocate for justice, stability and viable peace as social conditions worsen in Kumbo. Attendees of the event were urged to sign this petition, urging officials in the U.S. Department of State to strengthen their efforts in de-escalating the Anglophone crisis and make further effort to build a lasting peace in Cameroon. We urge our members and friends to sign the petition as well. Click here to see videos from the Facebook Live broadcast, a local news report of the event, and a mayor-to-mayor exchange between the mayors of La Crosse, Wisconsin and Kumbo, Cameroon. Article taken from Franciscan Action Network Newsletter.

 

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