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Issue 2.7
April 14, 2014
In This Issue
Srs Kathleen Stagnaro and Joan Carberry honored
Jane Kopas Women's Center 20th Anniversary
The Paschal Mystery: Our Way of Life
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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! 
Monday of Holy Week

"Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil."
- John 12: 1-3
St. Paul Catholic School and Parish honors Sr. Kathleen Stagnaro and Sr. Joan Carberry
Letter submitted by: Joan Carberry, OSF

   The first National Catholic Sisters Week was held the week of March 8-14 to celebrate and honor the work of women religious throughout the world. It was intended to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters. It recognizes past and present sisters, from the pioneers in schools and hospitals to the faithful praying in cloistered chapels.
   St. Paul Catholic School and Parish has been blessed for 84 years with the presence of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. The Sisters arrived in the parish in August of 1930 and in five days opened the school with over 100 children. Thanks to their courage, vision, and curriculum expertise (the sisters brought with them the New York State Curriculum), St. Paul Catholic School continues to be one with high academic and moral standards for the students. Down through these years the sisters have played a major role in the Catholic formation of hundreds of children in our parish as well as ministering to their families.
   Sister Kathleen Stagnaro taught in the school for 10 years before becoming Principal for another 11 years. Sister is currently the Outreach Minister for the parish and volunteers one day a week in the school teaching religion to students in grades 3-5. Sister says she is now teaching the children of her former students. Our Assistant Principal, Sister Joan Carberry, began her ministry in the school in 1992. Sister plays a vital role in the everyday operations and success of
the school. Both Sister Joan and Sister Kathleen continue to bring the Franciscan charism to the faculty, students, parents, and parishioners of St. Paul's.
   In conjunction with this national celebration and to show our gratitude to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the St. Paul faculty, staff and students on Thursday, March 20th, recognized Sister Kathleen and Sister Joan at Morning Opening. Many parents were in attendance to show their appreciation and gratitude to the Sisters.    Thank you to all the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany who have served here at St. Paul School and Parish.

St. Paul Administration, Faculty, and Staff 
Associate Jane Kopas attends 20th anniversary celebration of center named in her honor  
Submitted by: Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF, Congregational Minister
   Jane Kopas, associate and former member, was honored at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Jane Kopas Women's Center of the University of Scranton on March 1.  
   The Center, which was re-named when Jane retired in 2001, serves students, staff, and faculty in several ways.  It offers educational programs related to women, gender, and feminist theories; it helps women develop as lifelong learners and confident leaders; it encourages service through collaborative projects between the campus and Scranton communities. 
   In the re-naming Jane was recognized for her active role in the establishment of the university's committee on the status of women, her directorship during the first year of the women's center, her role as one of the faculty shaping the women's studies program, and her service on the larger Scranton community.
   To find out more, visit the Women's Center website


The Paschal Mystery: Our Way of Life    
By: Carol Zinn, SSJ, LCWR President
Taken from: April 2014 LCWR newsletter
   During these 40 Lenten days we journey, together, through a time of formation. The biblical number "40" conveys a time of formation- a time to step back, reflect, assess, and re-focus our lives towards the life, death, and resurrection of the Word-Made-Flesh, the Incarnate One, Jesus Christ. We recall that we carry in our hearts and minds, thoughts and actions, our deep belief in the rhythm of the Paschal Mystery in our very lives. No wonder we need time each year to be re-formed and re-turned and re-directed to the way of Jesus, the message of the Gospel, the vocation of religious life -- for the life of the world.
   One of the many Lenten/Easter hymns that captures my attention anew each year is "Jerusalem, My Destiny" by Rory Cooney (1990):

I have fixed my eyes on your hills, Jerusalem,

my Destiny!

Though I cannot see the way for me, I cannot turn away.

We have set our hearts for the way;

this journey is our destiny.

Let no one walk alone, the journey makes us one.

   I went looking for the words to this hymn online and found several YouTubes of various choirs singing it. I was touched by the wholeheartedness with which each choir sang as well as some of the profound comments in each YouTube. I encourage you to take a few quiet minutes at your computer and google "Jerusalem, My Destiny" and just let your heart and mind take a "long, loving look," at our sisters and brothers singing this hymn. What is it in this hymn that catches the depth of the Lenten season? How is it that diverse peoples are drawn into the Paschal Mystery journey by the music and the lyrics? Why do the People of God find themselves in the experience of singing/listening to this hymn?
   Perhaps it is because this hymn is the hymn of Jesus as he lived through the rhythm of the Paschal Mystery we celebrate each year. Perhaps it is because it is the hymn of each of us as we live through our own rhythm of the Paschal Mystery in our daily lives. Perhaps it is because the lyrics describe the deepest desires of human hearts in love with God and one another. Perhaps it is because the music draws us into the power of God's transforming grace present in our lives inviting us to conversion, time and time again.
   As we journey through the most holy season of our faith and celebrate these sacred days of prayer, ritual, sacrament, and symbol, may we find ourselves yearning for a deepening of the rhythm of the Paschal Mystery unfolding in our own lives. May we, as women religious, walk the road to Jerusalem,
tread the path to Calvary, stand at the foot of the Cross, find our way to the empty tomb, and race to tell the world that "He is Risen"! May our lives become the Journey and the Journey be our Witness. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! 
Thomas Merton Conference to be held at St. Bonaventure University from June 19 - 22

From St. Bonaventure University


Mark your calendars for June 19 - 22, 2014 for the Thomas Merton Conference at St. Bonaventure University! The life of beloved Catholic contemplative poet and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, will be the focus of SBU's summer 2014 conference, "Coming home and going forth: Merton as mirror and model." 


Through keynote speakers, worship experiences, and tours, the conference will explore the relationships Merton had with the people and places of St. Bonaventure.


Conference speakers include these renowned Merton scholars:


  • Dom John Eudes Bamberger, O.C.S.O., Fourth Abbot of the Abbey of Genesee;
  • Christine Bochen, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies at Nazareth College;
  • Fr. Daniel Horan, O.F.M., America magazine columnist, author, St. Bonaventure alumnus, and doctoral student in systematic theology at Boston College;
  • Michael Higgins, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and vice president for mission and Catholic identity at Sacred Heart University.


Early bird registration is due by April 15, 2014 for a cost of $400 per person. This price includes on-campus apartment accommodations, meals and receptions. Registration is available online.


To register, or for more information, visit contact Monica Mattioli at or Julianne Wallace at You can also get the latest updates by following the Thomas Merton Conference on Twitter!

"Human trafficking is a crime against humanity," says Pope Francis
Excerpt from: The Guardian

   Pope Francis has described human trafficking as "a crime against humanity" as international police chiefs and religious figures pledged in the Vatican to work together to fight modern-day slavery.

   At the end of a two-day meeting, organised by the bishops' conference of England and Wales and chaired by the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Pope Francis met privately with four women, all former sex workers who were the victims of trafficking.

   In his address, the Argentinian pontiff said: "Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity." READ MORE

UNESCO Chief: Girls' Education Deserves More Attention Globally 
   According to a report by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) titled Education for All Global Monitoring Report, more than 15 million 
young girls out of school are never expected to enroll for classes. In many countries girls are less likely to receive an education than boys, an "unacceptable" imbalance, 
says Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO. 
   The report from the agency says, "If recent trends in the region continue, the richest boy will gain universal primary completion in 2021, while the poorest girl will not be able to catch up until 2086."          
   The UNESCO report can be found at
CSW Reviews Progress for Women and Girls

   The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 10-21 2014. Representatives of member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world attended the session to consider the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.
   Established in 1947, the CSW has been instrumental in promoting women's and girls' rights, documenting the reality of their lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and empowerment.
   More information is available at 
 From the Archives






   Our sisters have always been ready for adventure! In this 1966 photograph, Sisters Marie Patrice, Rita Francis, Virginia, and Karen are riding in a Jeep with Father Crispin in Mapiri, Bolivia. The Allegany Franciscans arrived in Bolivia in 1965, where they established schools and health clinics in some of the poorest communities. Today, two sisters remain in Bolivia, where they continue to help the poor and the marginalized.

   This photograph comes from an album that our Bolivian sisters, Elvira and Maria, have kindly loaned to the archives to be scanned and preserved digitally. The album contains dozens of photos from the early days of the Congregation's ministry in Bolivia. To see more photos from the album, keep an eye out for the next issue of Allegany Connections!

Ellen Winger

Congregational Archivist

(716) 373-0200 x3242


 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



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

Upcoming deadlines: 

April 23- Next edition e-newsletter
April 15 - Summer edition Allegany Connections