IHM Patron: St. Paul IHM Virtue: Faith
Scripture: "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12).
The Ballad of Befana

An Epiphany Legend

Befana the Housewife, scrubbing her pane,
Saw three old sages ride down the lane,
Saw three gray travelers pass her door --
Gaspar, Balthazar, Melchior.

"Where journey you, sirs?" she asked of them.
Balthazar answered, "To Bethlehem,
For we have news of a marvelous thing
Born in a stable is Christ the King."

"Give Him my welcome!"
Then Gaspar smiled, "Come with us, mistress, to greet the Child." "
Oh, happily happily would I fare,
were my dusting through and I'd polished the stair."

Old Melchior leaned on his saddle horn. "Then send but a gift to the small Newborn."
"Oh, gladly, gladly I'd send Him one, were the hearthstone swept and my weaving done.
As soon as ever I've baked my bread,
I'll fetch Him a pillow for His head, and a coverlet too," Befana said.

"When the rooms are aired and the linen dry, I'll look at the Babe." But the Three rode by.
She worked for a day and a night and a day,
But she never could find where the Christ Child lay.

And still she wanders at Christmastide
Houseless, whose house was all her pride,

Whose heart was tardy, whose gifts were late;
Wanders, and knocks at every gate,
Crying, "Good people, the bells begin!
Put off your toiling and let love in."

IHM Conference / Retreat Center in Bryn Mawr, PA


Conference Day: "In the Beginning Was the Word:
Searching for Words for God"
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 -- 9:30AM -2:30PM
Presenter: Michelle Francl-Donnay
Stipend: $40 (includes breakfast, lunch and Mass)


Movie with Meaning: "Awakenings"
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
(If only enough registrations for one showing, it will be at 1:00 PM
Stipend: $25 (includes lunch - served at noon)

Connecting with Passionate Women: The Doctors of the Church
Part III: St. Catherine of Siena
Presenter: Sister Rose Adams, IHM
Thursday, February 9, 2023
9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Stipend: $20 (includes refreshments only)

Conference Day
"Get Used to Different: Another Look at the Parables - Part II
Presenter: Sister Marie Gipprich, IHM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Stipend: $40 (includes breakfast, lunch & Mass)


Movie with Meaning: "St. Patrick, the Irish Legend"
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
(If only enough registrations for one showing, it will be at 1:00 PM
Stipend: $25 (includes lunch - served at noon)

Lenten Series
"Come Apart and Rest Awhile": The Lenten Landscape of Prayer
Tuesdays March 7,14,28, 2023
Presenter: Sister Clare D'Auria, OSF
9:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Stipend: $20 (includes refreshments)

Thursday, March 16, 2023
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Stipend: Proceeds from good will offerings will benefit Afghan Resettlement Project
Numbers limited - registration begins February 10

A Labyrinth Experience
Thursday, March 20, 2023
Guide: Anne Montgomery Schmid
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Stipend: good will offering

Registration is required for each program.
Phone: 610-581-0120 or email Sister Marie at
Checks payable to IHM Conference Center
Villa Maria by the Sea Retreat Center
Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Front Entrance
Aerial View of Retreat Center
Facing the Atlantic Ocean
Dear Friends,
Today, we want to share with you our excitement as the construction of the new Villa Maria by the Sea Retreat Center nears completion. This Center will be open year-round to serve, not only the sisters, but all wishing to come for programs of spiritual enrichment. It will accommodate 46 guests for days of prayer, days of retreat, and other spiritual opportunities.
Attached is a brochure describing ways that you might help us complete the final stage of the project: the furnishing of the various spaces in the Retreat Center. There is also a link to our registry (gift list) for the purchase of smaller items. Like all good stewards, we were able to refurbish some useable items from the former Villa Maria by the Sea. However, it will be necessary to purchase some new furnishings for the various areas of the house.
If you wish to participate in the dedication opportunities listed in the brochure, please contact Sister Jane Mary Carr at 215-518-4989 for more information. For the registry, simply follow the online instructions.
Be assured of the continued support of our prayer for you. May the Lord bless you and your family for your goodness to us.
Seven Goals of Laudato Si'

1. Cry of the Earth
2. Cry of the Poor
3. Ecological Economics
4. Adoption of Simple Lifestyles
5.Ecological Education
6. Ecological Spirituality
7. Community Engagement and Participatory Action

IT'S TRUE . . .
Americans have been recycling, or at least think they have, for years even decades. Is it really worth the effort?
Check our the videos below
to see for yourself.

Come and See
Villa Maria House of Studies, Malvern, PA 19355

Online Discernment Opportunities
Any young woman interested in discerning a vocation to the IHM sisters should contact
S. Mary Ann Spaetti at ihmdiscern@gmail.com /610-647-2160 x1931

Virtual Vocation Presentations
Teachers, catechists, and youth group leaders who would like a virtual vocation presentation,
tour of the IHM Motherhouse, or vocation Q&A session with the IHM sisters should contact
S. Mary Ann Spaetti at ihmdiscern@gmail.com /610-647-2160 x1931
There are cards for all occasions!
Check the website at Camilla Hall for card designs
and hours of operation
email: sptreasury@camillahall.org
Phone: 484-321-5625 (5641)
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"Our humanity comes to its
fullest bloom in giving.
Henri J. M. Nouwen
A Remembrance in Your Will / Estate Plans
is a significant and meaningful way to support 
IHM Ministries and Camilla Hall. 
Consider a planned gift and become a member of the
Alphonsus Ligouri Legacy Society.  
For more information
       contact us at . . . missionadv@ihmimm.org 

Dwelling now in light, yet ever near!

Sister M. Anne W. Kelly 12.30.22
(S. Dennis Maureen)

S. Marita Immaculate Buckley 12.17.22

S. M. Anna L. Bradbury 12.7.22
(Sister Albert Marie)

Sister M. Agnes Hughes 12.5.22
(S. Eileen Dolores)

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Our Mission: to radiate joyful service and promote Gospel values, offering compassion to all God's people through our mission to evangelize, to catechize, and to teach.

Office of IHM Mission Advancement
230 IHM Drive
Malvern, PA 19355