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Issue 4.17
September 12, 2016
 Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The celebration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross marks the events of the discovery of the True Cross in 320 by St. Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.

As Franciscans we are reminded of the deep love and conviction with which Francis of Assisi embraced
 and lived the cross of Jesus Christ. For Francis, Christ was not simply a figure on the cross or a figure of history. Christ was alive in the suffering of the leper, in the poor, in those who were unwanted and unloved. May we embrace the suffering in our world today and cry out for justice, compassion, goodness and love for all in Christ.

Sr. Celestine recalls hosting Saint Teresa for a day 

   On Sunday, September 4, 2016, the world joyfully celebrated the canonization of Mother Teresa by Pope Francis.
   The following day Mary Ann Gaeta Mohr, the niece of Sr. Celestine Fruscione, posted the following with this picture of Mother Teresa with Celestine and Sr. Maria do Socorro Rabelo from 1982:
   "In 1982, our aunt, Sr. Celestine, had the honor of hosting Mother Teresa for the day in Brasilia. She served as her interpreter while she met with government officials. Our aunt, who is now 91, remembers the day vividly and recalls how Mother Teresa shared Miraculous Medals and urged everyone to be kind to one another. May St. Teresa of Calcutta pray for us."

Celebrating 75 Years with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany
By: Roberta Brunner OSF
   I was four years old in September 1942 when I started kindergarten at St. Bonaventure School in Allegany, where I first met the Franciscan Sisters.  They would continue to educate me at St. Elizabeth's Academy, and St. Clare's Hospital School of Nursing.  I graduated from St. Clare's on September 8, 1958. After being educated by our Sisters for 17 years it was time to join them. On January 4, 1959, I walked into the front door of the new St. Elizabeth Motherhouse where I was greeted by Sister Cecilia Marie, Mistress of Postulants, and my other band mates who had entered the previous September.  My only teacher still living is Sr. Mary Therese Maher, who taught me in fourth grade.  I have spent the last 67 years mostly in health care.
   Sisters please join me in a prayer of Thanksgiving for 75 blessed and holy years with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.

Tampa Bay remembers Sr. Marie Celeste
By: Paul Guzzo, Tampa Bay Times

   Sister  Marie Celeste Sullivan was the last of her kind - a nun who served as chief executive officer of Tampa's St. Joseph's Hospital when it was under the management of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.
She is also largely credited with the hospital's expansion.
   Sullivan participated in its relocation in 1967 from Seventh Avenue to its current sight, and purchased the Women's Hospital and John Knox Village that remain under St. Joseph's umbrella.
   Sullivan died September 7, at the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany in New York. She was 87.
Peace Prayer Card order forms

   With a number of significant Franciscan feasts approaching, the office of communications would like to remind Sisters that Peace Prayer cards are available in both English and Spanish. 
   The order form can be found here, as well as on our website in the Members Only section, or by clicking on the prayer card image on the front page. 

Please note: The second September edition of the e-newsletter will be released on Tuesday, September 27.

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September 21, 2016 - September Second Edition
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