• Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    BeLoved Retreat, Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows

    I missed telling you about this retreat.  Par for the course.  But you can find out about the NEXT one.  They had a bunch of high school age young women attend, and the pictures looked like there was a good mix of the serious and fun.

    Wish I could go.

    The retreat offered many activities including horseback riding, low ropes courses, and maze. It was geared towards helping the young women grow closer to the Lord and finding joy in who God calls them to be.

    It may be limited to girls from the Shreveport (Louisiana) diocese, but they may have others near you - probably in Louisiana.

    Contact them for upcoming retreats:
    Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows 

    Pictures from the Retreat here and here.

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Oblates of Jesus the Priest

     Oblates of Jesus the Priest

    Founded 1937; Active
    An Institute of Pontifical Right
    Part of the "Family of the Cross"

    Locations:  Chicago, New York, and San Francisco; internationally

    They are faithful to all teachings of the Catholic Church, and to the Holy Father.

    All Oblates "constantly offer (themselves) as oblations to the Father for the salvation of all."
    Their Charism:

    "to love the Priesthood of Christ, and to make it loved"

    Today, all aspirants to the Oblate Sisters of Jesus the Priest receive a college education. They work in various settings such as the Chancery of a diocese, in vocation and formation offices, in rectories and Bishops’ houses. The Sisters are invariably part of the spiritual formation and catechesis in the locations where they work. Their work includes designing vestments.




    Spirituality: Venerable ConcepciĆ³n Cabrera de Armida, the "Spirituality of the Cross"; Our Lady of Guadalupe; St. Joseph; St. Michael the Archangel; St. Martha; and St. Therese of Lisieux

    Devotions: Eucharistic Adoration daily; communal Holy Hours; Rosary with Litany of Loretto; Angeleus; Prayers for priests and Religious vocations; the offering of the Incarnate Word; morning and night prayers to the Holy Trinity and Mary; Exam. of conscience.  Weekly and monthly, they practice other devotions.

    And they take siestas.  So do I.

    Apostolates: Almost any activity that will assist priests and seminarians in their work, catechesis

    # professed sisters: 140 worldwide

    Contact:
    St. Patrick’s Seminary
    320 Middlefield Road
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

    (650) 322-4611

    Email  
    No, you do not have to have a an Hispanic or Latino background to enter.
     
    Ages upon entrance: 17-30 (Although you will have to wait until you are 18 to be "official")
    Belated vocations: possible
    Live-in experiences at their convents are available.  

    You can see a picture of my friend K. on the first page (at least for a while).  She has been immeasurably helpful with my blog.  Love to you girl - may the Holy Spirit lead you deeper and deeper into His mysteries.

    Major revision 10/6/14.  More to come, as I find all my typos!

    In the Shadow of His Wings

    In the Shadow of His Wings, the blog by the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery, Kentucky, has had a facelift.  It was always an awesome blog.  Have a look, and find ...  about a million things concerning Passionists, Religious in general, Catholics, and so on.

    Ok, maybe not a million.  A bunch.


    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus

    Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus- Main Site
    (Our Lady of Angels Delegation)

    Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus - CMSWR

    Founded 1879 (1961 in US); Active

     Locations:  New Jersey, Virginia, and internationally (including Libya - I'm not sure how one functions in overwhelmingly Islamic countries.  It is illegal in many of them to convert).

    "We strive to give especially to those little ones wounded by family and social situations the tools to rise up and face life with a sense of joy and dignity. For this reason, within the social context of the USA, we are ready to meet the needs of children through education and personal formation and to provide all persons with the means of spiritual and cultural progress. We hope to assist the laity in maturing in the Faith so that they may be enriched with Gospel values in a society which runs the risk of forgetting the values of the Spirit."

     "By our prayerful fraternal life, we give witness to the deep meaning of a life of consecration-mission within the Church in the United States, where often times Religious Sisters are living alone and do not live a community life."

    "Within the educational field, the sisters serve as Principals of schools, as Teachers, as Counselors to students who are hurting or suffering as a result of social situations within society and within their families, and as 1 to 1 assistants to students with special needs. Sisters also serve as Directors of Parish Religious Education Programs and youth ministry programs."

    Their emblem.

    Extensive missions, their newest is I think in Camaroon, est. 2000.

    They offer hospitality to groups meeting in their Delegation House, and formative activities with their lay group.  If you go to their main site, look under "Accommodations" and there are two pdf files which I can't seem to link to.  But you'll see they offer desert and hermitage and many other types of spiritual retreats.  If you are in the surrounding area (New Jersey) this might be the opportunity you are looking for.  Retreat-wise. 

    "The goal of our fraternal life is to find and experience God together through common prayer, community meals and gatherings, and our shared apostolic mission."

    Spirituality:  Franciscan; Devotion to Mary; Traditional Franciscan Habit

    Devotions:  Divine Office in common; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Days of recollection, Annual retreats, an intense sacramental life.

    Apostolates:  Missions (on almost every continent); Education (teaching, administration, special needs children); Youth ministry; Catechists for adults and children; Hispanic ministry; Visitation to the homebound; Health care; Pastoral care and social services

    # of professed:  Around 20, perhaps (in US)

    Ages upon entrance: 20-35
    Belated vocations:  No

    Contact:
    Sr. Jerilyn Einstein, F.M.I.J.
    1215 Kresson Rd
    Cherry Hill, NJ
    08003-2813
    856-428-8834 or 356-428-7930

    Email:  FranciscanMissionarySisters

    Vocation Contact Form

    Their vocation brochure.

    Check this out:
    • Flicker - their chapel in Cherry Hill
    • They are musical - I don't have absolute proof, but they sit around playing musical instruments.  I'd say that represents something, hm?
    • Sr. Dianna - who is able to ride the backseat on a "rabid" motorcycle with her habit neatly in place.  Go Sister!
    • The Prayers of St. Francis
    • Celebrating 50 Years in the US, the Catholic Star Herald
    • Growth and building (including the statue you can see at Flickr above), Philly.com
    Here follows two videos I put in this post via blogger (except they say YouTube, but don't link to YouTube).  Where did I get them?  I don't know.  After I post it, I'll see if I can provide some textual context.  ?

    A big HA!  What a delightful video -- I think an overview of (perhaps) some South American missions/communities - oversize rivers (and mud), dancing (or trying to), and most assuredly love. In Spanish.  Or Portuguese. Psalm 149:3 -- Let them praise his name in the dance; let them sing psalms unto him with the tambour and harp.

    video

    Another non-English language video.  You won't care a bit.  Love, joy, and more love and joy. 

    video

    You can see them talked about on PhatMass - people asking "who are they", "they look like a good community",  "anyone know about them"?  Things may have been too quiet, and perhaps we need to spread the word.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

    The Abduction of Nuns in Syria

    My readers -- I never report current news like this, but I must make an exception.  Please, let us all pray for the safe release, and well as proper treatment of these Religious, and the orphans they care for.

    I believe they are Greek Orthodox Nuns.

    Father, preserve the innocence and lives of these women who have given their lives to serve you, and especially for children caught in this terrible conflict.  Holy Spirit, help them to lean upon the your unwavering love in these most adverse of circumstances.  Stay the hands of evil men.

    In the Name of Jesus, the Christ, our Savior,
    Amen

    Thanks to Terry for the information, however terrible it is.

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Franciscan Daughters of Mary

     Franciscan Daughters of Mary -- Main Site

    Franciscan Daughters of Mary -- CMSWR

    Founded 1997 and Canonically erected as a Public Association in 2006
    Contemplative/Active

    Location:  Kentucky

    We firmly believe in and follow the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and show respect and obedience to the Holy Father in Rome.

    We uphold the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death. We do this by giving to each person the same love we receive from Jesus Christ. We provide all of our services free of cost to the one in need.

    Every part of their habit has significance.  Mother states:  "We are often asked why we wear a habit.  The answer is:  We choose to!  “For us, as Franciscans, it’s very much to do with being a light in a world of darkness… the habit is the external witness of conversion.”

     They have a special place in their heart and ministry for Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose,
    make intercession for the Holy Church,
    protect the Sovereign Pontiff,
    help all those who invoke thee in their necessities,
    and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary, and Mother of the True God,
    obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith,
    of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life,
    of burning charity,
    and the precious gift of final perseverance.
    Amen.

    Not surprisingly, their Novices are consecrated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    We strive to achieve Christian perfection by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi by:

    ~Living a life based on deep spiritual communion with Jesus Christ

    ~Observing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with an undivided heart

    ~Devoting our lives to the service of the Lord and his people, particularly by upholding the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death

    ~Acknowledging the manifest goodness of God by recognizing the value of each human person, who, made in His Image and Likeness, is called to be His true son/daughter
     ~Praying for priests - who are the life-blood of our Church - and showing obedience and reverence to the teachings of our Holy Roman Pontiff, the Holy Catholic Church, the Magisterium and our Local Ordinary

    Picture below right: Sister Catherine Mary takes her new name in Christ.

    Spirituality: Franciscan, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Devotions: Eucharistic Adoration (daily), Divine Office (Matins, Lauds, Sext, Vespers, Compline, all in community), Rosary (daily), Mercy Chaplet (daily), Prayer (in community and privately), Prayer - for priests with holy hours, and offerings of service for specific priests, Fasting, Sacrament of Reconciliation (weekly), Spiritual reading, Angelus, Solemn Silence; Full Habit

    Apostolates: Human Life, Crisis Pregnancy Center, also various works of mercy to the poor, handicapped, homeless, elderly, families in need

    Ages upon entrance: 20-45
    Belated vocations?: No

    # of professed sisters:  Around 10 or so?

    Contact:
    Franciscan Daughters of Mary
    P.O. Box 122070
    Covington, KY 41012-2070
    859-491-3899 

    Below:  Yes!  A picture with dogs.  You know my obsessions.

    Email:
    FranDaughters

    Check this out:


    A Pro-life video by the Franciscan Daughters of Mary. You'll enjoy it!



    The vow of poverty:



    Revised 11/25/13

    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy


     Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy-- Main US website

    Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy -- International website in English

    Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy -- CMSWR

    Sister Faustina's congregation, which should be familiar to many of you. If you don't know the Divine Mercy Chaplet it is easily found all over the web. I started praying it because one of my fellow bloggers recommended it.

    Location: Boston, Massachusetts and internationally

    "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy..."

    Founded 1862, Active

    The basis for their spirituality:
    • To cooperate with the Mercy of God in the work of rescuing of lost souls.
    • Coming to know the Mystery of Divine Mercy and its contemplation in everyday life
    • The attitude of trusting in God and showing mercy toward neighbor
    • Love for the Church and the charism of shedding light on the Mystery of Divine Mercy 
    • Love for the Eucharist
    • Devotion to Our Lady of Mercy

    "Mercy has always been the central theme of the congregation's spirituality. From the very beginnings the sisters cooperated with God's mercy in saving lost souls by extending spiritual and educational care to wayward girls and women in need of deep moral conversion and renewal. These women found a refuge and safe haven in our "Mercy Houses" where they could reform their lives and learn various trade skills. They could stay in the Mercy House as long as they wished or reintegrate themselves into society whenever they felt ready to do so."

    In addition to their other ministries, they engage in prayer and sacrifice using the new forms of devotion to Divine Mercy:
         
      •      Feast of Mercy
      •      The Image of the Divine Mercy
      •      The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
      •      The Hour of Mercy – 3:00 p.m.
      •      The Spreading of the Divine Mercy devotion
      •      Daily Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
      •      Monthly Masses in Honor of the Divine Mercy
       
    Our devotion to Our Lady of Mercy does not only consist in prayer but first and foremost imitation of Mary.  We actively participate in carrying out Saint Faustina's mission by spreading the devotion to the Divine Mercy, by proclaiming the message of the infinite mercy of God, and by imploring Divine Mercy for the entire world. The Merciful Jesus has entrusted this great mission of mercy, to our spiritual co-foundress and sister, Saint Faustina, who is to prepare humanity for His second coming

    Devotions: Eucharistic Adoration daily, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Hour of Mercy; Feast of Mercy

    Spirituality: Mary, Mother of Mercy; Traditional Habit

    Apostolates (in the United States): Work with men and women in prison; Provide prayer and consolation to those in nursing homes; Evangelization/Catechisis; Media

    # Professed Sisters: 8 in USA; they do have others in formation in the United States; internationally they are numerous

    Age of Entrance: 18-35
    Belated Vocations?:  No

    Contact: Sister Donata Farbaniec, O.L.M.
    The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
    241 Neponset Ave.
    Dorchester, MA 02122
    (617) 288-5323

    E-Mail: Sisters of Mercy

    Check this out: They offer a number of books, audio material, and so forth at their gift shop. I could not get there by the link on their first page, but this link will take you there. All proceeds go to support the Sisters in Boston.

    The Hour of Mercy explained (I hope it is explained correctly)


    Revised 11/23/13

    Visitation of Holy Mary of Toledo

     
    Visitation of Holy Mary of Toledo-- Main Site

    Visitation of Holy Mary of Toledo -- IRL

    Founded 1610, came to Toledo in 1915; Cloistered

    Location:  Toledo, Ohio
    Requested to relocate at the request of the Bishop, “the sisters should remain upon the mountain-top in prayer and sacrifice pleading for the salvation of souls, particularly those of the diocese, clergy, religious and laity.”

    “The Religious of the Visitation, who are so happy as to observe their rules faithfully, may truly bear the name of Daughters of the Gospel, established especially to be imitators of the Sacred Heart of the Word Incarnate in His gentleness and humility. These virtues are, as it were, the foundation and basis of their Order, giving them the incomparable grace and privilege of bearing the title of Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” (St. Jane de Chantal)

    Whatever we are asked to do — cook, sew, garden, clean — we seek to “offer our work as a living prayer as did the Virgin Mary in her home in Nazareth.”

    This is the Visitation Coat of Arms, at left.

    Mother Superior:  "the Monastery, which has the privilege of papal enclosure, is a trysting place – the place where God and I meet….It’s the garden enclosed where we can be with the Beloved, and be attentive to Him.”  (Vocation Blog)

    Contemplatives in the Church through their union with God and their form of community life, they seek within the seclusion of the cloister to develop the bond of charity in and among themselves. Let nothing separate them from the heavenly Spouse who has united them together, nor from that union which can keep them united with Himself; so that having all but one heart and one soul, He Himself may be their only soul and heart.

    Photo: A Nun professes solemn vows.

    We do allow young girls and women who feel they may have a vocation to our way of life, to come and make a retreat within the enclosure. The retreatant lives in the Novitiate Dormitory and follows the novitiate schedule of prayer, study, work and recreation with the novitiate sisters.

    Apostolate: Prayer

    Spirituality: St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Devotions: Traditional Habit; Divine Office (sung in choir); Spiritual reading (1/2 hour daily); Mental prayer (1 1/2 hour daily); Silence except in recreation; First Friday devotions; others

    Ages upon entrance: 18 - 50
    Belated vocations? No upper limit - it is at their own discretion, as they must balance the needs of the community

    # professed nuns: 21 (three made solemn professions in 2013, and there are three in formation)

    Contact:
    Vocation Directress
    Monastery of the Visitation
    1745 Parkside Blvd.
    Toledo, Ohio 43607-1599
    419-536-1343

    Email:  Visitation Nuns
    Check this out:
    • Catholic Chronicle:   Visitation Sisters with a wonderful short video that I can't copy!  Go there to see it.
    • Facebook -- It is used "as a means of reevangelization--putting out into the deep--as well as making Salesian spirituality known. The page belongs to the Sacred Heart, His Mother and our Saints and it is up to them to write the page."  I would think you've never heard a Facebook page described thusly!

    On Real to Reel:



    The Nuns go on a pilgrimmage


    Updated 11/23/13
    They definitely have a dog.  No picture that I can find, though.  I call the Visitation Nuns "Sisters" about half the time.  Because.. just because.

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