Volume 7.20 | November 25, 2019
In this Issue:


Cattaraugus Gives

FAN Award Evening

Tree of Life Program

The Document on Human Fraternity

In Memory

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Sr. Anna Sheridan will be celebrating her 102nd birthday on Friday, November 29; however, some of her nieces and nephews from the greater Boston area made their annual journey to Allegany earlier this week for a pre-celebration with “Aunt Ann”! The family was delighted to see her more engaged this year and we are convinced that it’s the daily Pepsi and ice cream that keep her going. Happy 102nd Birthday, Anna! 
Cattaraugus Gives
By: Denise Bunk-Hatch, Communications Director
Help support the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany by donating during "Cattaraugus Gives" on Tuesday, December 3.

Cattaraugus Gives is a day-long event dedicated to fundraising for area groups and organizations. The event is held on the National Day of Giving, or Giving Tuesday, which takes place each year on the first Tuesday of the month of December.

Between midnight and 11:59 p.m., individuals from around the globe can donate to those organizations registered with Cattaraugus Gives. Participating organizations must be verified 501c3 charities that are either headquartered in or provide services to Cattaraugus County.

This year, the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany - as well as sponsored ministries St. Elizabeth Mission Society, Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation, and Canticle Farm - is participating in Cattaraugus Gives. Click here to view the congregation's donate page.
FAN Award Evening and Farewell to Patrick Carolan
From the Franciscan Action Network website
On Thursday, November 7, Franciscan Action Network (FAN) held its Annual Fundraiser and Award Evening at St. Francis Hall of the Monastery of the Holy Land, Washington D.C. Annually at this event the members of the board and staff honor an individual or a group, not members of the Franciscan Family, who embody the values and spirit of our Franciscan call to justice, peace and the integrity of creation. The Annual Award was given to outgoing Executive Director, Patrick Carolan, who is retiring after nine years of dedicated leadership and service to FAN.
 
Throughout the evening, attendees celebrated and heard about Patrick's accomplishments over the years as executive director. Patrick has gifted FAN with his strong faith and his Franciscan heart. He has lived and loved FAN: nurturing, growing, and building it into the well-respected organization we are today.
 
Staff members introduced him each in turn, recalling their experiences with Patrick's humor, enthusiasm and, at times, his stubbornness. We were able to give him a celebration send-off that was light-hearted, commemorative, and fun. To see photos of the evening, click here .
 
At the end of the year (2019), Patrick will head off for a new challenge. We wish him all the best and always "Peace and All Good."
Tree of Life Giving Program
By: Connie Cooper, Communications Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Mission Society
Our first Tree of Life was established in 1998 to commemorate the Mission Society’s 50 th  anniversary and to honor those people who have a direct connection to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY and their ministries. It consists of 567 leaves engraved with the names of the living as well as the deceased.
 
We are proud to announce that this tree is completely full and has planted the roots for the growth of our next tree. These trees are beautiful pieces of art and symbolism that stand prominently in the foyer of the lower level of the St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, just outside the Mission Society office.
 
Help our NEW Tree of Life blossom!  Commemorate a joyous event (like a birthday, wedding or anniversary) or memorialize a loved one with a permanent dedication.  Your gift for a leaf ($250), acorn ($1,000), branch ($1,500) or stone ($2,000) allows you to leave a lasting legacy. The name(s) will be engraved, per donor preference, and placed on the new tree for all to see and remember.
 
“Donations made to the Tree of Life giving program assist us in helping the Sisters and their partners in ministry continue to serve those who are poor, homeless, sick and hungry in Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica, and the United States,” said Laura Whitford, Mission Society President.
 
Together, we will continue to provide monthly support and project grants to our Sisters’ ministries. Through your gift, the growth of our  NEW Tree of Life  will make it possible for you to have a significant and meaningful part in one of humanity’s noblest endeavors – that of recognizing and relieving suffering in people's lives.
 
Each person named on the Tree of Life will share in the ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and their partners at home and abroad and receive  Perpetual Mission Society Spiritual Benefits , including special Masses and daily intentions.
 
·         For a  PRINTABLE Tree of Life  information flyer, click  HERE
·         For a  PRINTABLE leaf “Order Form” , click  HERE

For more information on the new Tree of Life, contact Laura Whitford, Mission Society President at 716-373-1130.
The Document on Human Fraternity
By: Margaret Magee OSF
On Wednesday, October 30, many of our sisters attended a panel discussion at the McGinley Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry at St. Bonaventure University. The topic of this discussion was “The Document on Human Fraternity” and leading the discussion were David Couturier OFM Cap, Michael Calabria OFM, and Shazia Siddiqi, a member of the Islamic Society of the Southern Tier.
 
This document is a joint statement of Pope Francis and Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, which was signed on February 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This groundbreaking text details the common values and concerns shared by Catholic and Muslim communities worldwide.
 
Following the panel discussion was the blessing of the “Encounter Bell.” It is one of 18 bells that made up The Bells of Remembrance Project created by Br. David Schlatter OFM, after the attacks on 9/11. The bells were used to mark the 9/11 anniversary commemoration and memorial services for more than 15 years in New York, Boston, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The Encounter Bell will be located outside the McGinley Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry.
 
Below are the links for the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. These documents are in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Please read and share this important document with your local community, cluster, Associate community, family, and friends.
 
 
 
In Memory





Sr. Mary Ellen Keady
Date of Birth: November 19, 1926
Entered into Eternal Life: November 16, 2019