Renovation of the Villa Maria After School Homework Program in Buffalo, NY, took place during the summer.
SM Fredrica Polanski, co-director, welcomed SM Anna Falbo who joined the After School Program in September. Sister Anna will add the wonderful dimension of “storyteller” and will also share her musical abilities with the students. The new library area is located on the third floor of Felician Hall at Villa Maria College. In addition to the library, an art and activity room has also been created for student use.
According to SM Lynne Tramble, local minister, Friday, October 9, was a time of reflection, interaction and thanksgiving to God for the wonderful employees who share their gifts and spirit of love at 2165 Mississauga Road in Mississauga, Canada.
Through a Scripture reflection on Isaiah’s call and his “availability,” as well as reflections on the call of Francis and Blessed Angela, and their “availability” for serving where needed, the employees and sisters at Holy Name of Mary Convent reflected on their calling to serve as needed. They also reflected on the particular passage that spoke to their hearts. As the employees then came forward, SM Laurette Couture, SM Camille Bet, SM Alice Kwiecien and Sister Lynne anointed them as they prayed the “Psalm of Anointing
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, last Friday, October 16, faculty members at Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, spent the day volunteering at St. Felix Centre in Toronto.
According to S Maria Louise Edwards, mission integration coordinator, a participant speaking for the group, said, “Serving the patrons at St. Felix Centre showed us how fortunate we are and how grateful we should be for the many blessings in our lives. It also reminded us of how important it is to support our St. Felix Thanksgiving Food Drive, for in the Greater Toronto Area there are many people who go hungry.”
Co-mission leader at Felician Center in Kingstree, SC, SM Jacqueline Benbenek asked the volunteer art instructors Patty Richardson and Kathy McCullough to work an art lesson with the children in the Learning Center program.
The boys created shields and crowns to dress like St. Francis did in the medieval days of his knighthood. The girls created crowns and scepters to dress like St. Clare and the maidens of the town of Assisi.
Sister Jackie told the story and SM Johnna Ciezobka showed a DVD of St. Francis of Assisi as part of the heritage and mission activities. The children took a walk around to find the outdoor statues of St. Francis in the gardens, on the back porches, and everywhere else on all the properties
At an inauguration ceremony attended by some 400 guests, Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. was installed as the seventh president of Madonna University in Livonia, MI. The inauguration began with a Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, and concelebrated by Rev. Monsignor Thomas C. Machalski, Rev. Monsignor Todd Lajiness, Father Timothy Babcock, Father Charles Morris and Father Stephen Pullis, in the beautiful Felician Sisters Chapel adjacent to the University.
The Installation Ceremony followed a luncheon reception in a large tent across from the Chapel. S Janet Marie Adamczyk, provincial councilor, prayed the invocation and benediction. Ernest Nolan, provost and vice president for academic administration, welcomed guests from near and far. Dennis Bozyk, history professor, spoke on behalf of the Madonna faculty, while Jillian Brennan, an early childhood and comprehensive elementary education major, represented the student body. Monsignor Thomas C. Machalski blessed the president and his presidency. In her remarks, SM Christopher Moore, provincial minister, encouraged President Grandillo to “think big, say yes, and roll up his sleeves.”
During his Inauguration speech, Grandillo gave special thanks to S Rose Marie Kujawa, Madonna’s sixth president, who retired in July, 2015, for her remarkable leadership. He shared the powerful history of the founding of Madonna University by the Felician Sisters, who immigrated to America from Poland to serve the poor, children, and the sick and elderly. He reflected on how fast they changed America.