SM Mildred Moroz @90 and love her ministry

When SM Mildred Moroz reached her 90th birthday, the Mooncrest (PA) children celebrated this gift of a lifetime with her.

According to SM Rene Procopio, program director, the children enjoyed cake and song, created thank you cards and were amazed at her age!

Sister Mildred has been working with the Mooncrest children since 2005.  She helps them with their homework, shares words of wisdom with them, and uses reverse psychology when they don’t want to cooperate.

Sister Rene said this has truly been a labor of love for Sister Mildred. “Each day, she comes from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent in Coraopolis to make a difference in the lives of these children.”

Sister Rene said she is most grateful to Sister Mildred for her service to these children!  “You are an inspiration.”

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SM Barbara Ann Kemmerer

Middle School students from Immaculate Conception School, Elkton, MD, traveled to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City on Friday, April 19.

Seventh grade teacher SM Barbara Ann Kemmerer accompanied them along with Father Joseph Piekarski, pastor, S Marie Alexander Siegel, and nine other teachers.

The group traveled to New Jersey and boarded the ferry in Jersey City. Sister Barbara Ann said, “I must say, the 63 students who have never seen New York City were in awe. Comments in my classes the next day ranged from awe and surprise at the number of names of the victims to sadness for lives lost. Since we had studied the events surrounding 9/11, the children were able to find names of victims from having seen the film, The Cross and the Towers.”

Sister Barbara Ann said students in all three classes felt that this was the most memorable field trip they have ever been on. She added, “How blessed we were for good weather and arriving back at school with no incidents.”

Volunteer in Haiti

Felician Sisters CSSF

A message from Sister Mary Inga and Marilyn:  Volunteer in Haiti

inga55We are inviting you to consider joining us and our brothers and sisters in Haiti in Haiti for one or two weeks living our Felician mission: to cooperate with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world.

Volunteers can work in four areas:

1. Teaching English
2. Teaching Computer Skills
3. Working in our Mobile Clinic
normal_84. Offering Hospitality

click here to go to our Volunteers in Mission page for further information

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Catholic Chaplains

hhhhThree Rivers Converging: A Call to Faith, Identity, and Action was the theme for the National Association of Catholic Chaplains which was held in Pittsburgh, PA, April 13-16.

SM Teresa Mielech, pastoral caregiver, Copernicus Lodge in Ontario, Canada, and S Barbara Marie Brylka, pastoral care services, Villa St. Francis in Milwaukee, WI, had the privilege to attend this conference, hoping to be renewed and refreshed in their call to the ministry of chaplaincy.

Being called by God to be Christ for others and to be prophetic witnesses, the distinguished plenary speakers Father Donald J. Goergen, OP, Ph.D., Father Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, M.D., Neomi DeAnda, Ph.D., and S Carol Keehan, DC, RN, M.S. broke open these words and the vision of being called.

They reminded their audience that “Our call engages our identity as a people of faith, chosen and sent forth. We are called to be renewed in Christ Jesus, to hear the gospel anew, and to reclaim our identity as servants of God who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church.

“Through our presence and participation, we have been challenged to discuss and reflect more deeply on how faith, identity, and action come together.”

Sister Barbara said, “The plenary speakers, together with the individual workshops, other events during the conference, prayer and ritual truly lifted everyone’s spirits and strengthened us for the work ahead. As the image of the three rivers of Faith, Identity, and Action converge in our call, we embrace the invitation to be ministers of the Church, professional spiritual care providers, and people of hope.”

Sister Judith Marie Kubicki

Perhaps it is a little late to be relaying these stories, but I thought I would share with you some of the things I did over spring break at Fordham University this past March.

At the beginning of the break, I visited St. Stephen of Hungary Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The parish is staffed by the Friars Minor of Holy Name Province. At the invitation of Father Bill Bried, OFM, I spoke at the 5:30 p.m. Eucharist on Saturday March 9 and the 8:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Eucharistic celebrations on Sunday, March 10. My reflection focused on the readings of the day and how those readings might also speak about the liturgical role of the assembly. The 1:15 p.m. presentation was entitled “Be What You See and Receive What You Are: Reflections on the Gathered Assembly as the Presence of Christ.” My talk was part of a Lenten Series on Liturgy that St. Stephen of Hungary sponsored for the weeks of Lent.

From Manhattan, my next adventure was in Greensboro, NC. Our Lady of Grace Parish had invited me to speak about Taizé Prayer and to lead a “Taizé Prayer Around the Cross” as part of their observance of the Lenten season. Both events took place on Saturday evening, March 16. My sister Kathy and her husband Jim Gallucci are parishioners at Our Lady of Grace. My sister chaired the event and my brother-in-law, who is a professional sculptor, made a crucifix especially for the service.

Sister Judith Marie Kubicki

How S Michelle Marie Stachowiak spends her day off

Central New York Associates Meet

The Felician Associates of Syracuse and New York Mills, NY, gathered in the hall of the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s in New York Mills on Sunday, April 28.

S Michelle Marie Stachowiak presented the topic, “Change Your Vision, Change the World,” explaining that “When we change our thinking, we can transform our living.”

Sister Michelle told the associates: “Americans are into performance and success. What matters is not success, but to be faithful. . . The first step in a mental makeover is to identify core beliefs.” Drawing from Dr. Chris Thurman, author of The Lies We Believe, Sister Michelle said the statements are typical beliefs that we would use to actually assess our own beliefs.

After some reflection time, Sister Michelle reviewed “core lies” which are beliefs that contradict Scripture. The five types of such lies are: self lies, worldly lies, relationship lies, religious lies and distortion lies. She then proceeded to counter these lies with quotes from Scripture that present the truth.

Sister Michelle then explained that a mental makeover is all about identifying a core lie and replacing it with the truth. She told the associates “It is not an easy process. It requires time, intention and perseverance to identify the lies, memorize the truth, personalize it and work at it. With mental makeovers, you will begin to experience a life transformation.”

SM Nicolette Wichrowski, associate coordinator, said the associates had time to share their own thoughts on this topic. “They were very pleased with the thought-provoking presentation.”