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We're standing on holy ground: 9/11 reflection

  Shared from Messy Jesus Business and Global Catholic Sisters Report Posted September 15, 2017 by Sister Julia Walsh We arrive at the memorial already soaked. The rain has been pouring down for about an hour, making our one little umbrella woefully insufficient for our entire group. We huddle in the cab, unwilling to take that first step out into the dark, wet city. We are...

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Prayer service for Dreamers held

  As lawmakers consider the future of The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), we hold in prayer and support all of our sisters and brothers. About 100 people gathered in prayer for the "dreamers" at a service hosted by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and Centro Latino on Sept. 14. The gathering included the song "All are Welcome" led...

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What are religious vows?

Vision Vocation Network just released its latest Vocation Guide (and here's the Vision Digital Vocation Guide). Inside, you'll meet Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Julia Walsh who reveals "how the age-old vows of poverty, chastity and obedience give shape and meaning to her life." Here's a snippet.  "I was just out of high school when I visited a...

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Praying with voices from Charlottesville

Sister Julia Walsh recently shared this post on her Messy Jesus Business blog. We invite you to read and contemplate here.  Praying with voices from Charlottesville and learning how I am racist by Sister Julia Walsh I have never been to Charlottesville. In fact, I have barely spent anytime in the American South. Like most people, though, I am horrified and...

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Affiliate: "Be yourself. Follow your passion."

Affiliate Vince Hatt urges you to "help make the world a better place." In a recent letter to the editor featured in the La Crosse Tribune, Vince reflects on compassion, on passion and who the world will remember most. "Who does the world remember and admire? It is not the people with the most money. It remembers people such as Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Gandhi,...

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Anniversary: AdorationTalk released, bells chimed

On Aug. 1, 2017, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrated 139 years of continuous prayer. Since 1878, at least two adorers have prayed 24/7 in the sisters' Adoration Chapel. And in traditional celebration, the sisters rang a bell inside St. Rose Convent 139 times marking each year complete and another to usher in the new year. More celebration you'll...

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Affiliation minister focuses on future, growth

"The future of the associate movement is strong and perfectly poised for success with future generations. The younger generation are spiritual people, ready to serve, seeking meaningful connections. It is apparent that the veil between God and humanity is becoming thinner with each generation. We want to be ready to welcome this new, vibrant group of seekers," reports...

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Ministry grant funds village hydro-plant

"I have discovered that a local initiative in the production of electricity is possible," says Ndiyun Donatus of the Djottin Area Development Authority. "It is common in many less developed countries on a small scale. So, I researched how it is done, adapted a plan to meet the needs for this area and successfully created a mini-hydroelectric system that produces a small but...

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Vocare 2017: I have called you by name

Sister Sharon Bongiorno, front row, left, participated in the Diocese of Spokane's Vocare, a vocational experience for girls entering 9-12 grades. "Our Vocare retreat, held in June, was hosted at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane, Washington. Forty five girls attended, 20 for the first time and 25 returnees for a second, third or fourth time," notes Sister...

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Sister Jean Ann: new adventure after 50 years in parish

By JOANNE FOX joannef@scdiocese.org The Catholic Globe After 50 years of service in the Diocese of Sioux City, Sister Jean Ann Rausch, FSPA, will be moving across the state to embrace a “new adventure.” The pastoral minister at St. Michael Parish in Sioux City for the past two decades will be taking on volunteer opportunities at the Prairie Woods Spirituality Center...

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"Rebirth" by Sister Eileen McKenzie

In the June 6 issue of “Global Sister’s Report,” Sister Eileen McKenzie’s poem “Rebirth” is published in the article “Pioneers in the 21st century” as a reflection of her experience at May’s Leadership Collaborative.  "During our time together, it became clear that we are not re-creating, re-newing, re-founding, or for that matter...

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Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center: 25 years

According to "Marywood celebrates 25 years" published June 16 by the Diocese of Superior's Catholic Herald:  For 25 years, Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, (pictured above) has offered classes, workshops and spiritual guidance in the Diocese of Superior. On June 6, 1992, the religious community made the decision to develop the Vilas County...

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Sister Julia: Redefining faith on El Camino

by Sister Julia Walsh Pictured second from right Since high school, I’ve been teaching the Christian faith to others. In parishes, classrooms, and while camping in the woods, I’ve taught songs, explained Bible stories, instilled virtues and asked students to memorize definitions and lists. And, occasionally, over the years, a thoughtful youngster in one of those settings...

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Sister Kristin professes final vows

I Know I Belong by Sister Kristin Peters Sister Kristin professed final vows with FSPA on June 3, 2017. Leading up to her day, she wrote this piece. Thank you for your prayers and support over these last ten years. As I prepare to make perpetual vows with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, I reflect upon my life as a religious. My day to day journey is touched by darkness...

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Sisters and affiliates gather together as one

by Sister Michelle Balek, OSF The phenomenon of lay associates/affiliates with religious congregations is the “single greatest inspired movement in the Church since Vatican II,” declared keynote co-presenter, Sister Gabriele Uhlein, Wheaton Franciscan, at the 12th Biennial Conference of Associates and Religious of the Midwest Area (CARMA) in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 29, 2017....

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LCWR expresses deep concern over Executive Orders

"The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is deeply disturbed by many of President Trump’s recent executive orders. His misplaced priorities and denigration of the values that form the bedrock of this nation, threaten us all. We are deeply concerned about the administration’s executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement which serve only to threaten border...

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Perpetual Adoration featured on Relevant Radio

Listeners of Relevant Radio's Morning Air program learned more about the FSPA sacred tradition of perpetual adoration during the Jan. 11, 2017 show. Sister Sarah Hennessey, FSPA perpetual adoration coordinator, described the silence in the chapel, intentions that are received and how one cancer patient claimed herself a non-believer (in the power of prayer) until it turned out to be...

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Task Force priority: end modern slavery

"When the La Crosse Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery was established in 2013, the perception of human trafficking in the area was largely one of denial and indifference. Almost four years later, the data is hard to ignore and the call to action more urgent. 'People didn’t think this was an issue ... the media wasn’t reporting on it,' said Sister Marlene...

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La Crosse lauded for homelessness efforts

  Members of the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness, reports La Crosse Tribune, “are girding to fill another vacuum next year;” scheduled to meet next month “to begin deciding whether to make chronic homelessness a top priority, or, perhaps, families who are homeless.” Sister Karen Neuser and Sandy Brekke are acknowledged among the “seed”...

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"So you think you've been called" vocation forum

  How is the Spirit calling you to discipleship? Watch this forum, recorded Oct. 30, hosted by Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann. The panel includes young religious and young Catholics who are discerning their vocation.   Discerning a vocation?  Read FSPA discernment resources Follow Sister Amy's discernment blog at Show me a sign Meet FSPA and hear their...

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