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Issue 2.8
May 2, 2014
In This Issue
Hospital VPs for Mission visit Allegany
Using Our Gifts
A reflection from Sr. Michele Dolyk
Prison Ministry Gathering Set
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Did you know that a daily reflection is posted on our Facebook page, or that it is also shared with a Portuguese translation by our Sisters in Brazil? Take a look! 
It's growing season at Canticle Farm!  
Pictured: Lady beetles released in one of the main farm's high tunnels to naturally control aphids. 
(From left): Arlene McGannon, Sr. Mary McNally, Sr. Patricia Shirley, and Sr. Maureen Shaughnessy visit one of the high tunnels at Canticle Farm. 
Hospital Vice Presidents for Mission Visit Allegany
By: Denise Bunk-Hatch, communications director  
   The VPs for Mission for Our Lady of Lourdes, Camden, NJ, St. Anthony's, St. Petersburg, FL, and St. Joseph's, Tampa, FL, hospitals visited St. Elizabeth Motherhouse and the sisters in Allegany over the weekend of April 26 - 27. 
  Sr. Maureen Shaughnessy, SC, Sr. Mary McNally, OSF, and Arlene McGannon spent much of Friday touring Allegany with Sr. Pat Shirley, OSF, a councilor on the leadership team, and former director of Mission effectiveness at St. Joseph's Hospital. 
   The tour began at the Motherhouse, where the Vice Presidents viewed the 150th Anniversary video, spent time with the sisters in the healthcare facility during morning activities, and viewed the newly renovated building. 
   After lunch, the Mission VPs, Sr. Pat Shirley, Ellen Winger, and Denise Bunk-Hatch on a visit to St. Bonaventure University, where they met with Br. Ed Coughlin, OFM, the Vice President for Mission at the university, Dennis Frank, the university's archivist, and Paul Spaeth, the director of Friedsam Memorial Library, who gave the group a tour of the library's rare books collection. 
   Despite some rain Friday afternoon, the group enjoyed a visit to Canticle Farm (, a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters.
   The three women remained in Allegany for the weekend, taking part in the Allegany spring assembly, which took place on Saturday and Sunday in the Motherhouse dining room. 
    More pictures from their visit can be found on our Facebook page
Sr. Pat Tyre
By: Cathy Cahill, OSF

The ability to translate a language is a great skill! We know how important translators/interpreters have been at our meetings and Chapters. When Pat Tyre returned from serving in that capacity for the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Frankfort, IL. I asked her about her experience.

CC: How did this come about, Pat, and how did you get the time off from work to do it?
In January I was asked by Sister Judith Plumb if I would be available and willing to serve as a translator/interpreter for their Chapter. As you know, I have done quite a bit of translation for our congregation, so I was interested. It was necessary to take vacationtime to do it, but the experience made it worth it.

CC: Did you know any of the Sisters in that congregation before this?
PT: Sister Mary Elizabeth Imler facilitated some of our Assemblies a few years ago, so I had heard of her. While I wasn't familiar with any of the other "Frankforts" , I did know the other translators/interpreters who had worked with us in the past. I had the joy of working with Judi Clemmons, Ellen Dabrio, Janice Jolin and Livramento Oliveira. All but Livramento have been at our last two Chapters. Livramento worked with us for our major meeting around the Initiatives. All send regards to everyone. In addition to them, Sr. Mary Elizabeth from the Holy
Cross Congregation was there as well.

CC: What was your overall impression of the experience?
PT: For me it was a great experience of how the Lord has gifted me. I joined in one of their opening rituals in which they were asked to reflect upon God's gift that they were bringing to Chapter and what I heard in my heart was, "My voice". However, more than that, it was a privilege to enter into such a sacred space as their Chapter. Their transparency and depth of sharing witness to their commitment to be sister to all, much like ourselves. The Spirit was present and I felt that I was on the road to Emmaus, recognizing Jesus in the breaking of the word and bread. Today's Gospel (1st Sunday after Easter) was an affirmation of that.

CC: Did they have a statement or initiatives at the end of the Chapter?
PT: Their "Chapter Mandatum", which is comparable to our Initiatives, resonates with that to which we are called in our own lives. Is it any wonder I felt renewed and invigorated together with them?

CC: You brought back notes from some of my "Frankfort" friends. They each said what a gentle presence you were and what a great job you did. You represented the Alleganies very well, Pat! Thank you. 
Sr. Michele Dolyk
A reflection on the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II  

By: Michele Dolyk, OSF 


   Oh to be in Rome on the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII!  However, at 4 a.m., Lucy and I had the best seats to observe such a historic and significant event!  It truly was awesome and, for me, a sign of true unity in the Church. 

   I was especially touched when Pope Francis went over and embraced Pope Emeritus Benedict - recognizing that Pope Benedict actually started the process to raise these two men to sainthood. As I continued to reflect on both of our two new saints I began to think of the poor backgrounds they came from, which gave them that sense of being pastoral - having that sense of humanity - which endeared so many people to them and to God. 

   Both of the Popes went through some difficult times and yet they lived in profound communion with God. They both had a firm faith and an active prayer life which enabled them to face some of the difficult times of the 21st century.  It was through these times of uncertainty and turmoil that they confidently led the Church into the third millennium.

   With great humility, generosity and joy both Popes truly lived the radical demands of the Gospel, which Pope John XXIII urged us not to be afraid of, but to embrace. 

   This is truly a Franciscan invitation to grow in a deeper relationship to God and His people. Not only were the lives of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII  been an example to me but also the example of Gospel living of Pope Francis. We are truly blessed to experience the Spirit of God working in and through Pope Francis to unify the Church as well as challenge it to truly be a Church of the Gospel. This gives me great hope!


EDITOR'S NOTE: Do you have a reflection on these two new Saints that you would like to share? We will feature additional reflections in our next edition of the newsletter, and we would love to hear from you! Please send your thoughts to Denise Bunk-Hatch, communications director, at


Prison ministry gathering to be held May 3
Taken from: The Catholic Star Herald

   Jesuit Father George Williams wears both priestly vestments and a black stab-proof vest when he celebrates Mass. The worshippers sit on wooden benches that are bolted to the floor.
The priest's congregation are men on San Quentin's death row.
   Sister Camille D'Arienzo of Brooklyn, who will speak in Vineland this weekend, recently interviewed Father Williams for her regular column in National Catholic Reporter. READ MORE

   (Sr. Mary Lou Lafferty serves as the Coordinator for the Prison Ministry of the Diocese of Camden)

Mass for former students of St. Mary of the Angels Academy, Haddonfield, NJ
Adapted from: The Catholic Star Herald
   Next month, a statue of Mary long familiar to generations of students of St. Mary of the Angels Academy will be on display in its new location.
   All graduates of the former St. Mary of the Angels Academy in Haddonfield, NJ, are invited to a Mass and dedication of the statue of the Blessed Mother which has been moved to Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. The event will be held at Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, NJ, on Sunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. A reception following the Mass will be held at Christ the King Church, Haddonfield, in Morgan Hall. All Franciscan Sisters of Allegany are invited to attend. READ MORE


Diocese of Buffalo needs your help

 From: Sr. Jean Thompson, OSF, Vicar for Religious, Diocese of Buffalo


   I am forwarding this message from Claire Rung who is the Executive Producer of Daybreak TV Productions in the Diocese of Buffalo.  As indicated below she has been asked to produce a 20 minute segment of a documentary about the role of faith in girls' education for a National TV network.   

   Perhaps some of your Sisters are in Ministries, or perhaps you are acquainted with someone who would be a significant example of what Claire is seeking.  If you wish to suggest someone, please contact Claire directly at Daybreak Productions (contact information below or   It would be wonderful if the Ministry of Women Religious could be connected with this project.

   Thanks for considering this request.




   Ten years ago, the Council on Foreign Relations released a report that stated that a single year of primary education correlated with a 10-20% increase in women's wages later in life. The return on investment in a year of secondary education is even higher. An extra year of a woman's education has been shown to reduce the risk that her children will die in infancy. Girls' education results in smaller families, helping women to devote more resources to individual children. When girls and women are educated, both the girls and the world benefit.

   The role of faith and religion in women's lives is complex, and ranges from the horrific to the inspired. While religion can look like the experiences of Malala Yousafzai, shot by a Talibani for her activism for girls' education in Pakistan, it can also move someone like Katie Meyler, a Pentecostal woman from New Jersey, to find her life's purpose in helping girls in Liberia to read. The documentary, The Beauty of Their Dreams, asks how faith inspires a person to action, changing the course of lives in the process. As with any documentary, we can only say what we hope to learn, and understand. With The Beauty of Their Dreams, we ultimately ask if faith is inherently anti-woman-or does faith have a more nuanced and positive role in women's lives?

    For more information, please contact 

Claire A. Rung

Executive Producer

Daybreak TV Productions

Diocese of Buffalo

795 Main St. Buffalo, NY



 Upcoming Opportunities
Franciscan Center Retreat Offerings: 

A Retreat with Bishop Thomas Gumbleton: Rebuilding the Church - St. Francis and Pope Francis
May 10, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
A return to the Gospel message of Jesus for the 21st century.
Fee: $25, lunch included. 
Please RSVP by May 2 to reserve seating.

Silent Directed Retreat
June 23, 5 p.m. - June 29, noon
Led by Sister Mary Arghittu, OSF; Father Anthony Carrozzo, OFM; Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF; and Sister Jeanne Williams, OSF
During the silent directed retreat, participants meet daily with a spiritual director. The rest of the day is spent participating in daily Mass, time for prayer and contemplation, walking the grounds or labyrinth, creating art, listening to music and resting.
Fee: $440. 
Please RSVP by June 6 to reserve your space.

To RSVP for any of these events and retreats, please call (813) 229-2695, visit, or email



Awakening the Impulse of Conscious Evolution within Ourselves and our World: Entering an Era of the Radically New
Presented by: Barbara Marx Hubbard
Held at River's Edge
3430 Rocky River Dr.
ClevelandOH 44111


June 2, 2014

$500 event fee 

216-688-1111  ext. 251 


Presented by: Fr. Joseph Krastel, C.Ss.R.

Held at the Notre Dame Retreat House
5151 Foster Rd.
Canandaigua, NY 14424

July 13-18, 2014
$325 registration fee

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