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The TAVOLA | Where I’ve Been, Where I Am Now, and Where I Am Going

The Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program is rooted in the spirit of St. Francis and the spirit of the Sisters of St. Francis for single men and women, ages 21 through 30, who intentionally live out their service experience through Franciscan values of service, simple lifestyle, community and spirituality. Change A Heart members are

Feast of the Visitation Lk 1:34

Sister Marianne Ferguson We might wonder why Mary hurried so to visit her cousin in the Hill country. It’s only recently that unwed mothers have been favorably received in most cultures. When I was growing up, a girl who found herself pregnant before marriage went to “visit an aunt in California” until the baby was

Guiding the Search for Spirituality

Sister Marise May “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” St. Augustine’s Confessions (Lib 1,1-2,2.5,5: CSEL 33, 1-5) There is a great hunger in people today, says Sister Marise May, and they are looking for something to fill it. “People know there’s something beyond

S. Joette Ebert says Farewell to Volunteer

For several years, S. Joette has been volunteering at S.O.M.E.  (So Others May Eat), a Washington, D.C. organization that provides meals, housing, clothing and healthcare to people in the capital region who are experiencing homelessness. She loves the ministry, the people she serves and her fellow volunteers. This week, she will be saying farewell to

Placing Hands on Paul and Barnabas – Reflection

By Sister Marianne Ferguson OSF As new owner/operators begin managing the building housing 59 sisters in western New York, S. Marianne Ferguson reflected on the changes the sisters living there face in the context of the Scripture reading Acts 12:24 – 13:5 - We notice that the Apostles were using ritual. After praying to the

Encountering the Holy Spirit

“Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven” By S. Marion Rose Mansius Our first experience with water and the Spirit, of course, was when we were baptized. For most of us, our parents or godparents accepted the faith of Jesus for us. Again, at Confirmation, we

Unselfish Love

By S. Eleanor Thielman I was recently graced with an awe-inspiring conversation while attending the Life Program in Lackawanna, New York.  One day, S. Thomas, RSM approached me and showed me a sketch that Fr. Betl drew while visiting the Response to Love Center, a community outreach where a variety of compassionate programs help those

The Day I Lost My Sole

By Father Pat Killilea St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa, Hawaii. It all started in the morning of April 4 when I went to Kalaupapa International Airport to meet a planeload of young men and women arriving on Saints Damien and Marianne land for a few days of retreat away from the business of Honolulu’s everyday

Butter Lambs

Story and photo by Sister Fran Gangloff A butter lamb alongside a crocus plant adorns our family Easter dinner table. A long-standing Easter tradition in western New York and elsewhere is the Butter Lamb, brought to the U.S. by immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Slovenia. Many families, including mine, continue the tradition. People make their