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Sister Jeanne Karp — Beekeeping for a Better Environment

Sister Jeanne Karp’s fascination with honey bees began the day she was surrounded by thousands of them and didn’t get stung. “I was with a group of college students in Oswego (New York) County on a service project to clean and repair a house for a disabled man,” she recalled. “We were all

“Hallowed Be Thy Name”

By S. Marion Moeser For many years I understood the words in the Our Father, “Hallowed be thy name,” to mean that one should obey the second commandment: “You shall not invoke the name of the LORD, your God, in vain” (Exodus 20:7) — one should neither curse nor swear falsely using the divine name.

Human Trafficking Update – Blue Heart Campaign

SOSFNC took a corporate stand in 2015 to make themselves and others aware of the impact that human trafficking has on the trafficked and all society. As part of our anti-human trafficking program, we share with you information about the Blue Heart Campaign and ask that you do what you can to become involved.

Medjugorje – I Came, I Climbed, I Conquered!

By Lyn Grandits, Franciscan Associate from western NY Returning to Medjugorje was more than an item on my bucket list; it was a promise I made to Our Lady in 2005. The word Medjugorje means "between the mountains" and one of the highlights of any pilgrimage there includes climbing Mt. Krizevac or "Cross Mountain," a physical and a spiritual journey

FrancisCorps Celebrates 20 Years

By S. Caryn Crook FrancisCorps is a yearlong volunteer experience for young adults in Syracuse, New York sponsored by the Franciscan Conventual Friars of Our Lady of the Angels province. Our congregation has been co-ministers to the program since its first group of volunteers. Sisters Ann Kenyon and Marcia Barry were active in the program

Sending Forth Change A Heart Volunteers

By Patricia Morgan -Director of the Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program - A Ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities located in Pittsburgh, PA Our sisters in Pittsburgh celebrated in prayer the Sending Forth of the 2018-19 Change A Heart volunteers on Sunday, July 21st in the new Chapel at

Compassionate Silence

By S. Eleanor Thielman Compassion – what a thoughtful word, especially when shown to others. I read an article in the Buffalo News dated July 10, 2019, that clearly showed compassion. In the story, Jack Higgins was ready to graduate from Carmel High School, but he needed a little help from his classmates. Jack has

A Journey of Shared Spirituality

Franciscan Spirit /Winter 2019 She stops in each room on her rounds, engaging the patients and their family members in prayer and conversation, spreading positive energy and joy to those who are on their way home to God. Sister Ann Helene Koenig is a “ray of sunshine” to the staff and patients of the palliative

Look For The LIGHT In The Darkness

By S. Pat Burkard OSF We have been following the journey of Abram, and things are not going very well for him. We heard of his parting with Lot. In one Bible reading we find him complaining to God, bemoaning that he is childless and when he dies, one of his servants will be his