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Franciscan Sister Believes Activism is Best Way to Make Change

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Exhibition photo by Douglas Lloyd

Syracuse, New York, December 13, 2017 – Sister Pat Bergan believes non-violent protesting and civil disobedience are still the best ways to bring about change in the world today. She should know. She’s spent the past 30 years of her life fighting for justice for people who are poor, unwelcomed and for an environment in need of care.

“I think maybe the way our present government is going about many things has rekindled some of the activism. I do think maybe it’s a good thing, because it’s brought people together to say ‘No, this is not what America is, sending people back home and not being there for one another.’”


Seven Celebrate Anniversaries as Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities



Williamsville, New York, November 5, 2017 – Seven Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities celebrated their 70th and 50th anniversaries in religious life on Saturday, Oct. 7.


With Sister Rita Marie Fritzen at the Helm, All Saints Academy Honored as 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

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Syracuse, New York, November 13, 2017 – Sister Rita Marie Fritzen, OSF, principal of All Saints Academy in Bayonne, New Jersey, accepted the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award, the highest honor any public or private school can achieve from the U.S. Department of Education during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 7.


Sister Elizabeth Zagar to Celebrate 100 Years of Life

Zagar_Elizabeth-30714Pittsburgh, PA, June 23, 2017 – As a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities for 74 years, Sister Elizabeth Zagar of Millvale, Pennsylvania says she feels blessed by the love of her sisters in community. Their support has been instrumental in helping her to live a long and healthy life.


Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities to Sell Mount Alvernia Campus

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Pittsburgh, Pa., June 21, 2017 – After much prayer and discernment, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Millvale have completed a study to determine the best long-term residential plan for sisters in the area and as a result, have decided to sell the Mount Alvernia campus.


Sister Beth Niederpruem Ministers with Refugees Seeking Asylum

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Sister Beth Niederpruem has seen her workload at Vive in Buffalo more than double in the weeks following the release of new U.S. policies for immigration. Refugees seeking asylum have overwhelmed the safe house in their efforts to cross over into Canada.


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Sister Margaret Carney Honored by Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Sister Margaret Carney of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is being honored for her many contributions to Catholic intellectual life. She will receive the Monika K. Hellwig Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities at the association’s annual meeting Jan. 28 in Washington, D.C.


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Sister’s Dedication to Elder Care Earns Honors

For more than 40 years, Sister Ann Carville, Ph.D., has been concerned about the care of elderly vowed religious, not just in her own congregation but in other religious communities as well. She worked with international and national communities as they planned for the care of their senior members, advising them to take advantage of government programs and to transform their sick and infirm convent areas into hospital care units, hiring caregivers for various levels of care. She now serves as an elder care consultant for the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO).


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Sister Alicia Honored for Commitment to Patients with Hansen’s Disease

Sister Alicia Damien Lau has pledged to remain at Kalaupapa until the last patient with Hansen’s disease leaves the island. She first came to Molokai in 1965, the year she entered her community when nearly 200 patients were still under quarantine and forbidden to leave the island. Today, seven patients remain.


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