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Clean of Heart – Consistency in intentions and actions Mk 7:14

By Sister Marianne Ferguson OSF Jesus says that the motivations for our speech and actions flows out of the heart. The Purity of Heart that Jesus mentions in the Beatitudes relates to sincerity or to the consistency between our intentions and our actions. It is easy to profess very noble intentions, but then perform the

Women Leaders in the Early Church

By Sister Marion Moeser, OSF Many voices today are calling for more women to take part in decision-making in the Catholic Church. Women as decision-makers in the Church is not a new concept. One need only look at Scripture. St. Paul's letters are our earliest New Testament writings (ca. 50-62). In Chapter 16 of his

A Man Named Larry

By S. Lois Jean Nunweiler The Town of Amherst and the Village of Williamsville in western New York are somewhat selective as to what is acceptable or not acceptable “in our backyard.”  It wasn’t always that way. The early history of Williamsville is one of settlers who made their homes in this area and developed their

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Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us.

On February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Blessed Mother Mary appeared in France to Bernadette Soubirous. The Blessed Mother asked that we pray for the conversion of sinners. Lourdes is now one of the favored places for Catholics to visit and pray. Pope John Paul wrote a beautiful prayer in honor

LCWR Statement on the Sexual Abuse of Catholic Sisters by Clergy

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is a member of LCWR and supports its position regarding the sexual abuse of women religious. LCWR Statement on the Sexual Abuse of Catholic Sisters by Clergy: Catholic sisters who have been sexually abused by priests have not always reported this crime for the same reasons

A Love Letter to God

by Sister Barbara Whelan OSF "God is Love" Dear God, Since yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised, I want to write and thank you for being in my life, for all the love and blessings you have given me: my caring friends, the strength you give me each day and for all the

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World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day focuses on cancer awareness and how to take action against the disease. Let us pray... Find more prayers for healing cancer - click here  

Share the Love

Did you know...? Valentine's Day is coming up and when you shop at, AmazonSmile donates to Sisters Of St Francis Of The Neumann Communities. Visit the Valentine's Day Gift Shop for great gift ideas like flowers, jewelry, electronics, and more. You can also check out their collection of gifts under $30. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you already

The Courageous Love of St. Marianne Cope

The Catholic Exchange shares the powerful story of St. Marianne Cope who is the patron saint of Hansen's Disease, once referred to as leprosy. "She is the patron saint of outcasts whose lifetime of love and work provided a mother to the motherless." Read more  

Our Ministry for the Deaf Makes Texas News

Sister Conchetta LoPresti, OSF, and WNY Franciscan Associate Marie Lelek recently attended the National Catholic Office for the Deaf conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Read what they had to say about the conference and ministering to the deaf in this article posted in the North Texas Catholic.