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Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

I’ll admit it. I used to think of Lent as a long, dark and dismal period, something to be endured before the joy of Easter.  Since we started sharing the journey with Sisters and Associates, I now find it an affirming, uplifting time.  The reflections on the Sunday Readings and the comments shared make the journey an enlightening experience.  Thank you Sister Joan!

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A Memorial Close to Mary’s Heart

On January 20, we went for our weekly visit to Hillsborough Hospital where we teach mentally challenged young people. The five students and two staff members gathered with us in the Chapel. Our hearts were heavy because Sister Mary Cummiskey was missing. They expressed their sympathy with generous hugs. Nobody wanted to do school work that day, we had to remember Mary. Everyone took part in a Memorial Service. We sang hymns, had Scripture readings and special prayers including the “Prayer of St. Francis” which describes her well. A very touching ritual took place. As each one placed a marguerite in a flower vase and lit a candle, he/she spoke of Mary: “I love Sister Mary… I miss Sister Mary… She had such a lovely smile!… She was so kind!” Andrew, her special student, gasped when he heard the news of her death, “My Mary?” He came to the wake with a rose which he placed on her casket. The love which she gave them was returned abundantly! 

Sister Therese Martin, CND, Recipient of Archbishop Edwin V. O'Hara Advocacy Award

Sister Therese “Terry” Martin, CND, is the recipient of the Catholic Rural Life’s 2014 Archbishop O’Hara Advocacy Award for Rural Ministry. This year marks Sr. Terry’s 65th year of consecrated religious life. She is currently the Far Western North Carolina Outreach Worker for the Diocese of Charlotte. 

Check out this YouTube video of Sr. Terry accepting her award

Congratulations, Sr. Terry!

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