Mission and Heritage Week

As part of the activities for Mission and Heritage Week, students, family members, and friends of St. Joseph Academy in Milwaukee, WI, collected coins for the Felician Mission in Haiti.
S Michelle Marie Konieczny,  CSSF faith formation coordinator, commented, “To everyone’s surprise and delight, the effort resulted in a check for $726.55 which was sent to Our Lady of Hope Provincial House in Beaver Falls, PA, to be forwarded to aid the needy in Haiti.”
The Grade 4 students decided not only to save coins, but also to assist those affected by Hurricane Matthew by holding a clothing drive. Throughout the month of November, the students brought in new or gently used items. Sister Michelle encouraged and directed the children as they sorted and packed the apparel which filled 12 cartons.

Raffle for Haiti

Due to the generosity of numerous benefactors this year, the sisters at St. Joseph Convent held appp on the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sisters, employees, and friends supported the cause. Funds raised will pay for transporting medical donations to Haiti on S Victoria Marie Indyk’s next trip in December. Any money left will provide simple water filters for households that Sister Victoria and her students will visit and educate.

Sisters from Presentation and St. Joseph Convents, along with associates, employees, and friends enjoyed ice cream and listened for the names of the winners of 52 prizes the evening of the drawing. The beautiful work of S Bernadette Marie Jimkoski–preparing all the baskets and boxes–was acknowledged with applause and many compliments.

The following day, Sister Victoria joined the sisters at St. Joseph Convent for supper. Sister Bernadette, local councilor and  Michigan area leader for Justice, Peace and Sustainability, presented a check for $955 to Sister Victoria, who joyfully expressed gratitude for everyone’s generosity.

Sister Anita remarked, “Mercy, benefactors, and our Founding Day came together in a special way in Livonia this year.”

Third Annual Cardinal McCarrick Award

cropped-felicianinsideflame.jpgSister Maryann Agnes Mueller, CSSF attended the Third Annual Cardinal McCarrick Award Dinner held at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C.  on Thursday evening, November 3.   The dinner was sponsored by the Franciscan Action Network (FAN).  Karenna Gore, the Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and daughter of former Vice President and 2007 Noble Peace Prize winner Al Gore, received the award.

In her acceptance speech, Gore stated that she is moved by “how FAN has been brave enough to follow the teachings of Jesus, approaching legislators in Washington stating ‘I am here on behalf of the poor, on behalf of the earth.’”   Gore applauded the work of FAN for its intolerance to money and politics, violence, poverty, increased consumerism, racism, islamophobia and many of the social issues of the day.  She stated that the solution to many of our problems is not new technology but ancient wisdom, the wisdom in the examples of Francis and Clare, the wisdom found in the teachings of Jesus Christ.  In her closing remarks Gore again spoke of FAN as being “…able to stand with compassion in their Christian witness and deep Catholic faith, with total devotion to following Jesus Christ.”