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giubilei“Shine like lights on the world,
as you hold on to the Word of Life..."

(St. Paul to the Philippians)

 

A Jubilee encourages the one celebrating the anniversary to reflectively ponder all the chosen roadways of life, including detours as well as the adventures. We all know that it can only be God’s Light that keeps one on the roadway moving ever forward.

 

For those of us privileged to witness and enter into the Jubilee of another, we have the advantage of seeing the lights of a person’s life . . . the kindness, the goodness, the generosity, and the image of God that comes through a life of love.

checosa mDuring the U.S. Area Assembly in April there was a celebration of the 510 years of fidelity of these Sisters and God's fidelity to them. However, at that time it was really only the Sisters who were present. It seemed to me that it was fitting...

altCelebrating the 25th anniversary of my first profession has been a great opportunity for me to look back and be grateful for the gift of the call to be an SFP. Religious life has given me the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth...

altIn my heart I can still hear the echo of the powerful words in the Gospel of May 18, 1984. “Peter, do you love me? Do you love me more than...?” We had chosen this passage because Mother Frances was inspired by it...

alt“Give me everything”
These are the words I heard at 16 years of age that began my journey. In trying to understand what this meant and how to live it, I arrived at Casetta Nova. Meeting the Franciscan Sisters...

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I think I am Franciscan by nature. When I was in my teens, I would sing the love songs I heard on the radio, only I sang them to God. As the fifth of six children – 3 boys and 3 girls -- reared in a very Catholic household, I met and dated a number of...

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With the grace of God, religious life is a wonderful life. And if I had life to live over again, I would do it again, of course!  I came from a small town in Newfoundland – only 45 families lived there – the third of six children: three boys, three girls.

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The celebration of a Jubilee is as good a time as any to reflect back on the years, and the joys, of religious life. Certainly I lived through them all – and loved every one of them. Religious life has changed dramatically during these years...

altI am happier now than I was when I entered! I have absolutely no regrets. I have been so blessed. I never expected, as a farmer’s daughter, to learn so much or go to so many places. I have served in Dayton OH, Detroit, MI, Brazil and Senegal...

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I know that living as a woman religious is truly God’s work; always sayingyes to God and my superiors is what my life is about.
My first step into the Congregation was made at twelve years of age. I was injured...

hessler preview Sister Therese Martin Hessler is awed by the number and variety of experiences and opportunities offered in religious life.  “They all grew out of my participation in our charism, and the missions in which it is expressed...