Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Throughout the week the visitors talked about their experiences in the villages. One village was so remote and so deep down in a valley that, when they tried to climb back up, they were exhausted. One of the younger women couldn’t make it so they had to rent a donkey from a villager in order for her to make the journey. They also met several different people whose bodies were covered with scabies, a parasite which people get from dirty water. Two of the visitors were nurses and had brought some medicinal sprays which they used to treat it. One man had been walking around for five months with a broken arm. The team splinted it to keep it motionless in order to facilitate healing process.
This has certainly been a busy month. We reopened our little village school, St. Rose de Lima, on October 15. There have been a lot of changes made for the good of the children. I think the parents are very happy, too. We have 12 second graders and 18 first graders. Other parents would like to send their children but for now we just don’t have the space. We have also hired a Haitian from our parish to be assistant director. Both he and the teachers have been working very hard. I think they are excited about this new beginning. Thank God for that because enthusiasm is the key to success!
Monday, October 27, 2014
“In his “Canticle of Creation,” Francis not only uses nature to praise God but also finds “Godness” in nature. In 1855 Chief Seattle, in a letter to the president of the United States, stresses that same sacredness in nature. He points out that, contrary to the way we attempt to claim and control nature, we humans are not the weavers of life but merely strands in life’s tapestry. Concerned about what will happen to nature if left in our hands, Chief Seattle states, ‘Your destiny is a mystery to us.’”
I’d like to share that two-fold poetic endeavor here. The stanzas in regular type are St. Francis’ “Canticle.” The ones in italic print are my reflections on them.As I reflect on this 20+ years later, I wonder, “What have we learned?”
The Canticle of Creation
Thursday, October 23, 2014
As always, I love to share the "Good News" about our sisters and their accomplishments. Here are a few of the recent ones.
A recent newsletter from St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton carried an update on the pastoral care department. Among the department members noted were Sisters Denis and Maureen Maguire. Maureen, the coordinator of the Spiritual Care Department, is one of two board-certified chaplains on the medical center’s staff. She completed her CPE education for 2000 hours at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Upper Darby and Miseracordia Hospital in Philadelphia and recently became recertified through the U.S. Conference of Bishops. Sr. Denis is also part of the pastoral care team and brings to it 40 years of nursing home experience as a certifies nurse’s aide. She recently completed a six month certification program—Pastoral Care for Visiting the Sick, Elderly, and Dying—through the Diocese of Trenton.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Currently Sr. Mary Teresa volunteers in the Corporate Social Responsibility Office—service she rendered for a number of years. There she assists in reading the requests for social justice grants and forwarding information packets to those groups who meet the criteria. She also reads the completed proposals and does the necessary follow-up.
Sr. Mary Teresa copies information to send to organizations requesting grants.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
At one point Sr. Jean Nisley, director of the Companions in Mission program shared a bit about this year’s congregational chapter and invited the sisters present to address their individual reactions to the chapter. Jean also introduced the members of the new leadership team—all of whom had chosen to be part of the retreat day.
What about you, my friends? Do you have a Franciscan heart and spirit? You might be interested in becoming part of our Franciscan Companions in Mission program--a beautiful relationship! Check it out on our website, http://www.osfphila.org/companions/about. Or email email@example.com. Or leave me a message on my blog. We'd love to have you join us in prayer or in faith or in ministry!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen this photo of our sisters at the People's Climate March in New York City. Sr. Betty Kane, one of those in attendance, wrote the following article about her experience. I thought it was worth sharing here as well. The link in the first paragraph gives you some inclination of how vast and dense the crowd was. This is only a segment of the faith contingent!