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National Catholic Sisters Week is March 8-14, 2014
The Hilton Foundation Initiative on Catholic Sisters recently awarded a three-year grant to St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn., to launch a national Catholic Sisters Week. The university will host an inaugural event to kick off the week. College age women and women religious from a variety of congregations and institutions will gather to talk about religious life and ways to bring greater visibility to the contributions of women religious. St. Kate’s will also introduce Twin Cities Public TV National Productions team, who will create a documentary about women religious that will premiere March 2016. Sister Romana Klaubauf, FSPA membership co-director, will attend the event.
FSPA celebrates National Catholic Sisters Week by sharing daily stories about FSPA intended to inspire peace among readers. We’ll also follow #NCSW to be a part of the social media conversation.
Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Marcella Steffes Receives Hometown Hero Award from Wisconsin State Assembly
Marcella Steffes, FSPA, received the Hometown Hero award from the Wisconsin State Assembly. She accepted the award before the full Wisconsin State Assembly in the State Capitol on Feb. 11, 2014. State Representative Jill Billings nominated Sister Steffes for the award, stating, “I decided to nominate Sister Marcella to honor her dedication to music education and community enrichment.”
Peace exhibit coming to La Crosse
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have partnered with World Services of La Crosse and Viterbo University to bring the A Peace of My Mind exhibit to La Crosse, offering local students, families and organizations an opportunity to explore the meaning of peace and how they can impart peace to help transform the world.
A Peace of My Mind will be on display at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Feb. 23 through the end of March. The community is invited to view the exhibit throughout its run and to attend an open presentation from John Noltner in the Fine Arts Center lobby on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
Annual day of prayer for human trafficking victims is Feb. 8
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
“On that day, we will lift our voices loudly in prayer, hope and love for trafficking victims and survivors,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the committee. “If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference.”
United States Sisters Against Human Trafficking created a Bakhita Prayer Service to encourage everyone to pray for trafficked victims. Some information reposted from http://www.usccb.org. To learn about the prayer service, visit Bakhita Initiative.
Sister Julia Walsh published in America Magazine
Religious life: Changed, Not Ended
"Religious life is not in decline; it is simply changing. And it should change. New paradigms of religious life can emerge only if we are open to God changing us beyond our limited imagining and dreaming. We need to remember that numbers do not make communities. In fact, I prefer to be part of a community that feels more like a family than an institution. The freer and more open we are, the better we can live the Gospel according to God’s vision and not our own ideas. We can experience the freedom to have meaningful conversations about “right-sizing” and new forms of ministry. We acknowledge it can be life-giving for the size of community to decrease; lower numbers can open up new opportunities for healthy, intimate relationships." Read the full article at America Magazine.
Sisters offer messages of hope
Both Sisters Rita Rathburn and Laurette Sprosty offer a ministry of presence: Sister Rita in La Crosse at St. Rose Convent and Sister Laurette in Minnesota (after serving for more than 25 years in Zimbabwe). In the stories and more, all linked below, sisters reflect on their lives full of ministry—serving God’s people.
Hot off the press! Presence stories offer update, insight on latest FSPA news
The December issue of Presence newsletter was recently released. Inside the issue, we shared:
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