Our own Sister Barbara Jean Wajda and Father Patrick Killilea — both ministering on Kalaupapa, received the Companionate of Merit Award from The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. The international Order dates to the Crusades and focuses on service to others and promoting unity among the world’s Christian Churches. Its mission is charitable works, traditionally in medical humanitarian care and supporting hospitals and clinics. The Order has been very supportive [...]
By Sister Barbara Jean Wajda When St. Marianne Cope served the people of the Sandwich/Hawaiian Islands, she was affectionately known as Mother Marianne, a name still used today by the remaining patients and Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. Mother Marianne’s multiple virtues can all be summed up in one phrase — unconditional [...]
Sister Grace Michael Souza has ministered as an elementary school teacher in New York, New Jersey and since 1982, in Hawaii. Later this year she will retire as a preschool teacher at the St. Francis Intergenerational Center of St. Francis Healthcare System and return to Syracuse, New York where she will live at Franciscan Villa. [...]
CHURCH SOCIAL TIPS Although I was educated on the Mainland, the Sacred Hearts Sisters put the imprint of the Hawaiian spirit on all the students they served at Maria Regina School in Gardena, California. I remember during my first trip to Hawaii in 1984 that there was a mention of Father Damien during a tour [...]
Today, we celebrate the second anniversary of the canonization of St. Marianne Cope, beloved mother of outcasts. May her life, exemplified by justice and compassion, serve as an inspiration to you. Read more about St. Marianne Cope.
On Tuesday, April 1, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie made it official: Jan. 23 will be known as St. Marianne Cope Day in the state. Abercrombie held a ceremony in his chambers at the Capital to sign House Bill 2539, which he said was a moving opportunity. […]
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, especially those in Hawaii, had much to celebrate on this past Veteran’s Day weekend. The anniversaries celebrated included the 90th year of Saint Francis School’s founding, the 125th year of the arrival of the sisters in Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii, the 130th year since the sisters arrived [...]