Ministries

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 [...]

Thank You, Anderson’s!

When Sister Conchetta LoPresti began teaching sign language classes at Resurrection Church in Cheektowaga, New York, the goal was to keep the parish from dividing along hearing and deaf. Ten years later, Sister coordinates the Deaf Ministry for the entire Buffalo Diocese; this year, the sign language classes have gone beyond the parish and its [...]

Wreaths of Remembrance

December 12 will find Sister Martha Torbik in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in New Mexico. There she will lay Christmas wreaths on the graves of 14 Navajo Code Talkers and speak their names in honor of their service to the U.S. during World War II. “These Code Talkers used the Navajo language, unwritten at [...]

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 [...]

“Where there is injury, pardon…”

The first patient at the Poverello Health Center in Syracuse, New York was a man living on the streets. Sister James Peter Ridgeo joked that he had more nurses than he needed as everyone rushed to treat him. That was 19 years ago. Since then, hundreds of people in need have found free health care, [...]