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New Beginnings at Timau Mission

By S. Joanne Gangloff New beginnings.....our convent in Timau is now a novitiate and novice mistress S. Mary has already moved in with five second-year novices.  Here they are with Fr. Moses, the very dynamic parish priest. May they enjoy the house and surroundings as much as many of our sisters have over past years. [...]

Merry Mask Makers Save Lives

Throughout our Community, several sisters have earned the title of “Merry Mask Maker” during this pandemic. Sister Barbara Ann Sansone is the gifted mask magician at the Villa St. Francis in Peekskill, NY. Working steadily at her sewing machine S. Barbara has completed 60 masks for a hospital or health care facility in need. Sister [...]

Jesus the Healer, Emmanuel

Jesus the Healer, Emmanuel By Sister Marion Moeser, OSF The Covid 19 global pandemic reveals our vulnerability; the mitigation efforts make us aware of community around us and all over the world. At this time we naturally turn to prayer and ask for help and healing from our God. Our situation calls to mind Jesus’ [...]

Clare, Covid-19, and The Communion of Saints

By Sister Margaret Carney OSF, STD Published on the Franciscan Media website “He died alone!” “We were not with her!” These lamentations are heard daily as people recount the most bitter experience of losing a loved one to COVID-19. This cry from the heart expresses the deep suffering the crisis creates. But dare we ask [...]

Where Do You Find Peace?

The following reflection is written by Joyce Rupp - writer, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. You can subscribe to Joyce Rupps Newsletter here. Shortly after the Covid-19 virus reached our state, an incident in the supermarket troubled me.  A stranger spoke at length about the details of his work at a water bottling company, his [...]

The Cross: Birthing the Community of Disciples

By Sister Marion Moeser In 2002, I gave a presentation on Mary in the gospels. During the discussion, one person remarked that she had heard that the blood and water coming from the side of Jesus on the cross in John 19:34 was a birthing image – the amniotic fluid and blood involved in human [...]

Disciples on the Road to Emmaus

The Gospel of Luke 24:13-35 By Sister Kathleen Murphy, OSF NOTE: When Father John Leising at Fredonia Place of Williamsville asked S. Kathleen to give a homily this week, she chose today so that she could speak on one of her favorite Gospel stories. This is her homily: Two of my very favorite Gospel stories [...]

JOHN 20:11:18 Mary Magdalene

By Sister Marianne Ferguson After Mary Magdalene showed Peter and the other Apostle the empty tomb, they went home, but she sat, staring at the empty tomb. We wonder at her thoughts; were they wishful thinking? Grief over the loss of the man she loved? Was she expecting him to return? Were these thoughts so [...]