(Our Lady of Angels Delegation)
Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus - CMSWR
Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus - IRL, which contains only an address. I don't know why the blanks have never been filled out. Never mind - you can fill them in admirably from their site, CMSWR, and even here.
Founded 1879 (1961 in US); Active
"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."
"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."
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
Sr. Jerilyn Einstein, F.M.I.J.
1215 Kresson Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ
856-428-8834 or 356-428-7930
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
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.
Another non-English language video. You won't care a bit. Love, joy, and more love and joy.
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.