Sr. Lee in Yellowknife

6181The annual Study Days at Trapper’s Lake Spirituality Center, Yellowknife, Canada, took place over a recent weekend.

Forty priests, sisters, lay ministers and staff gathered for a day of business and two days of conferences. Father Raymond F. Dlugos, OSA, from Philadelphia, PA, shared his reflections on “Maintaining Passion for Mission:  Faith, Hope, and Love in Response to Disillusionment.” According to SM Lee Przybylski, the participants left for their missions uplifted by his words and with an increased feeling of camaraderie.

Sister Lee said that the previous bishop, Archbishop Murray Chatlain, joined the group for an evening of sharing.  “All enjoyed his presence and words of encouragement to continue our work with the people in the North. He asked us to pray for the speedy appointment of a new bishop to lead the diocese.”

SM Celeste Goulet and Sister Lee enjoyed an extra day together. They took care of dentist appointments, enjoyed a treat at Tim Horton’s from SM Celestine Giertych, minister general, as well as an evening of praying and sharing together, and shopped for preschool needs. Sister Lee said, “It was a short but joyous time of being together in community.”

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Pomona Catholic Marks 115 Years

Written by Brenda Rees Friday, 13 September 2013

Hot temperatures didn’t stop students at Pomona Catholic High School and Middle School from heralding the beginning of the school year with their traditional half-mile walk to St. Joseph Church for an all-school Eucharistic celebration.

This marks the 115th anniversary year for Pomona Catholic which has served families in the Inland Empire since 1898 when it was created at the invitation of St. Joseph Church. The original campus was destroyed in a 1927 fire; it was immediately rebuilt in 1928 and still stands today.

gggggIn addition to kicking off the commemorative school year, the celebration also welcomed one of the newest teachers to the staff, Felician Sister Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, who renewed the vows she had recently professed for the first time in the presence of the school body. In a calm, strong voice, the New Mexico native pledged to “choose Jesus for my spouse and Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary for my mother and lady, the seraphic St. Francis for my model of evangelical life and this congregation for my family.” “We are very blessed to have Sister Desire here with us,” agreed Kathleen Li, campus minister. The Felician Sisters have taught at Pomona Catholic since 1946; the Holy Name of Mary Sisters also were a part of the staff for an earlier period.  The presence of Sister Desire – who joins Felician Sister Feliz Gil-Jimenez, who has taught at the school since 1977 – allows the high school girls to better understand the call to religious vocations, said Li.  “They have a lot of questions for her like, ‘How did you know you were called?'” said Li. “Her presence and her youth makes the idea of a vocation more real to the students here. They can see her living her vocation.

Our Sisters are back in Haiti

20130901-222208We are back on the blog!

01 Sep

Lwanj pou Jezi! So much has been happening this past month while in the States. Because of your prayers and support, we can continue the mission in Haiti. During the month of August, we participated in a few Provincial meetings. We spoke with our sisters in the Central Convent in Chicago, where we experienced support as our sisters realized they are on this mission also. Next we went to Beaver Falls, our Provincial House, where we met for a meeting on the theme: Haiti: The Next Chapter. (more)