In This Issue
Allegany Franciscans Website
FSA Jamaica Website
Like us on Facebook
FSA Board of Directors
March 16-22, Tampa, FL
FABS meeting, Reading, PA
March 27-28
Assembly - Easton, PA
March 29, 30, 31  
Assembly - Brazil
April 12, 13, 14
Assembly - Allegany
April 13
Assembly - Jamaica
May 4, 5 
Issue 7.05
   March 11, 2019   

Happy National Catholic Sisters Week!

March 8 - 14
Franciscan Sister weighs in on homeless shelter proposal for former Olean convent
By: Kate Sager, Olean Times Herald

   A Franciscan Sister of Allegany commented on the proposal to permit a homeless shelter in the former convent building at 943 N. Union St. (Olean) near St. John's Roman Catholic Church.
   Congregational Minister Margaret Mary Kimmins of the Franciscan Sisters said she was unable to attend the previous Feb. 14 meeting of the Olean Zoning Board of Appeals and therefore hadn't had an opportunity to provide the viewpoint of her Congregation regarding the issue.
   She added the Sisters "support this move, we support what Genesis House is doing, especially for families. It just goes against our grain, if we're going to live the Gospel we have to have a sense of welcoming."
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Easter Card Ministry at St. Elizabeth Mission Society
By: Connie Cooper, Communications Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Mission Society 
   Send your special prayer blessings to friends or loved ones this Easter with Mass enrollment cards from St. Elizabeth Mission Society. As members of the Mission Society, their intentions will be remembered at Easter Sunday Mass and in other Masses celebrated throughout the year in the Motherhouse Chapel. They will also share in the prayers and good works of our Sisters in Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica and the United States.
   All Sisters will receive an order form in the mail the first week of March or simply click  HERE to access and review the available cards.
   As a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the St. Elizabeth Mission Society shares in its spiritual aims, one of which is to advance the awareness of God's love. Donations given for the cards are used to support the ministries of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and their partners in ministry who work to educate, heal, clothe and feed those who are desperately poor in Jamaica, Bolivia, Brazil and the United States.
   Easter as well as various other enrollment cards may be ordered online at Or you may wish to call the St. Elizabeth Mission Society office at (716) 373-1130 or e-mail the staff at for more information about ordering the enrollment cards.  
Investors Welcome JP Morgan Chase Decision to Withdraw from Private Prisons 
Taken from a press release by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

   Shareholders in JPMC who have been engaging with the bank for over one year on its potential contributions to human rights impacts via investments in private prisons are gratified by today's public announcement that the bank will no longer underwrite the industry. 
   Investors began raising concerns about JPMC's financing of private correctional REITs (often referred to as private prison companies) as early as October 2017, citing human rights risks due to the growing numbers of government contracts to detain immigrants amid the current administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.  
   In a n October 2017 letter to Jamie Dimon, a group of nearly 100 institutions holding $27 billion in shares wrote: 
   "These private prisons are rife with alleged human rights abuses, as noted in recent reports and lawsuits, including inmate deaths, poor medical care, allegations of physical and sexual abuse of detainees, and violence. Some of these risks are heightened due to the nature of the business model and practices of the private prison companies including crowded conditions, less programming for inmates and detainees than public facilities, low staff salaries, poor staff retention, lack of training on human rights and inadequate staffing. Already this year, there have been seven documented deaths of immigrant detainees in these facilities."
How to Find and Use Congregational Social Media

   FACEBOOK: Our Congregational Facebook page can be found by searching "Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and Associates" in the Facebook search bar, or by visiting this link.
   To ensure you receive all the latest news and updates from the page, first, click "Like" (far left below the header photo), and then in the drop-down box next to that (follow), select IN YOUR NEWS FEED > SEE FIRST. 

   TWITTER: Our Congregational Twitter feed can be found by searching "Allegany Franciscans" in the Twitter search bar, or by following this link.
   Be sure to click "follow" at the far right of the profile page to ensure the Congregation's Tweets appear on your Twitter feed.

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