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Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities Troubled by Climate Agreement Withdrawal

Join national organization in condemning President Trump’s action The more than 320 Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities joined the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in expressing their deep disappointment in President Trump’s actions this week to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. “As followers of St. Francis of

Twin Sisters Thankful for 70 Years of Religious Life

Sisters Mary Robert and Mary Clare Bernet are featured in a Catholic New York article titled "Twin Nuns Who Are Franciscan Sisters Thankful for 70 Years of Religious Life." Armando Machado writes their story celebrating their love of their vocation as religious sisters who shared their faith throughout their ministries. He states "In a joint

At Age 95, She Fights Online Pornography

For more than 50 years, Sister Helen Buscarino brought the fundamentals of Catholic faith and general education to hundreds of students throughout western New York, Brooklyn, and in San Antonio, Texas. Her education ministry was always important to her, but Sister Helen had a special attraction to social justice causes. At 95 years old, she

Have a Good Night!

Every evening at about 5:30 P.M., Sisters Bernadette Pauline Battaglia, Mary Ann Reis, and Elise Renk journey from the farthest reach of the third floor east at The Waters to the first floor to say goodnight to concierge Patricia Hienz as she prepares to end her workday. The sisters say they just love Patty and

Adapted Prayer of Saint Francis

In celebration of St. Francis of Assisi and our religious vocation we share this adapted Prayer of St. Francis written by our deceased S. Marie Magdalena, OSF: Prayer of Saint Francis Adapted by Sister Marie Magdalena, OSF   Lord, make me a faithful member of our Community: Where there is hurt, let me bring Healing;

Reusable Bags Are The Way to Go!

By Franciscan Associate Gerianne Dobmeier This past month, News & Views featured several articles from our sisters advocating for the care of our common home. This week, the sisters who live at Fredonia Place of Williamsville and Father John Leising are showing their support by choosing reusable bags over plastic or paper bags. This is

Religious Sisters Plan Ahead

On September 26-28. a beautiful fall weekend, sisters from the futuring group spent time in contemplation, prayer, shared meals and fun. Sister Louise Alff welcomed us and the leadership team joined us at our table discussions. We read two articles to prepare for the program: Nuns and Nones: Unlikely partners tackle the big questions by

St. Francis Feast Day Greetings

On October 4 we again celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  In so doing it is good to reflect on his life in the Middle Ages and how relevant his message is today. Francis focused his life on love of God which certainly is something we need to focus on in our world today. Francis


Sister Caryn Crook, OSF If anyone ever tells you that composting doesn’t smell or that it is easy, it is not true.  But I am glad that we at the Hermitage compost. The sisters at the Hermitage were composting before I even entered. Turning food scraps into good soil for all kinds of gardens helps