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Stitches of Love and Honor

After her childhood friend, Patty passed away six years ago from bone cancer, Sister Mary Ann Mishurda received a visit from Patty’s husband, Ralph. Ralph knew that both Patty and Sister Mary Ann loved to embroider. So when they met, he handed her two satchels of a quilt and thread. “Patty said that she wanted [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If not, take inspiration from Pope Francis’ list: Don’t gossip. Finish your meals. Make time for others. Choose the more humble purchase. Meet the poor in the flesh. Stop judging others. Befriend those who disagree. Make commitments, such as marriage. Make it a habit to ask [...]

Sister Mary Balthasar: Mentor and Friend

This article originally ran in the “Vital Signs,” newsletter, published by the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York. By Linda M. Janelli, RN, BC, EdD. There are fictitious depictions of Catholic sisters on television and in the movies, but Sister Mary E. Balthasar, OSF is the real thing! On October 3, 2014, Sister Mary [...]