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Issue 4.11
June 13, 2016
Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

Today we celebrate our Franciscan saint, Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church. Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal, where his father served as a captain in the royal army. At the age of 15, Anthony entered the Congregation of Canons Regular of St Augustine and devoted himself to his studies. He later joined the young and growing Franciscan Order with the desire to suffer martyrdom, espe cially in service as a missionary in Africa. He scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a serious illness. Even after recovering from it, he was so weak that he resigned himself to return to Portugal. 

Anthony, a great evangelizer and preacher of the Word, bless us with boldness and the desire to be living words of Christ!

Focus on Francis - Contemplative Action
By: Arlene McGannon, Vice President of Mission, St. Joseph's Hospital
This is the next installment in a series of reflections distributed by Arlene to St. Joseph's Team Members. 

   Francis was a man of prayer. He would often retreat to places of solitude where he would spend long periods of time in prayer and contemplation. Both he and Clare struggled with whether their religious orders should be contemplative, focused primarily on a life of prayer, or out in the world engaged in ministry and service. Francis chose to have his Order involved in ministries of service, but that service was always to flow out of a life of prayer and personal holiness.

   As those who carry out a ministry in the Franciscan tradition, let us remember that our service to others must be grounded in prayer and nurtured by the grace of God.
Motherhouse Sisters compete in Golden Olympics
By: Becky Hahn, activities assistant

   On Thursday, June 9, nine sisters from St. Elizabeth's joined volunteer staff to participate in the 30th annual Golden Olympics. Sponsored by the Southern Tier Activities Association, this was the first year sisters attended the event, and their determination and sense of fun led the team to a proud finish.
   Residents from nine local retirement and rehabilitation facilities competed against each other in a number of events. A glorious send-off from the motherhouse preceded the team's arrival at Good Times of Olean, and the well-wishes followed the sisters on their way. The Motherhouse Team Captain, Sr. Therese Joyce, proudly wore home the Team medal for Best of Division.
   Contributing to this achievement were: Sr. Mary Arghittu with a Bronze medal for Bowling; Sr. Marie Vincent Chiarvalle with a Bronze medal for Basketball and a Gold medal for Bowling; Sr. Joan Clare Chin-Loy with a Silver medal in Trivia, Bronze in Spin the Wheel, and Gold in Shuffleboard; Sr. Alma Glenn with a Silver medal in Spin the Wheel; Sr. Therese Marie Lucassen with Silver medals in Spin the Wheel and Bowling; Sr. Charlotte O'Brien with a Gold medal in Bowling; Sr. Frances O'Dell with a Gold medal in Trivia; and Sr. Sandy Teevens with a Bronze medal in Spin the Wheel.
   After a continental breakfast, the day began with the National Anthem, sung by Anne Marie Heeb of Cuba, and the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as the Olympic Oath. The next three hours were a whirlwind of thrilling victories and agonizing defeats. While Activities Directors from the Southern Tier tallied points, residents and helpers enjoyed a delicious lunch and a special 30th Anniversary sheet cake courtesy of the STAA. Dinner and pre-ceremony dance music was provided by Dave Battistoni, also a frequent visitor to the Motherhouse.  Special thanks must also extend to Jayson and the staff of The Sports Locker in Olean for the lovely embroidery work on the sisters' uniform cardigans and all their help through the creation process.
   Congratulations to the sisters, and the staff volunteers who helped make this first foray into the Golden Olympics such a joy-filled day for our sisters!

St. Anthony's Team helps Habitat for Humanity
From the May 30, 2016 edition of STATNews

   St. Anthony's Hospital had one of 12 teams that participated in the Habitat for Humanity Pinellas "Let's Roll" Mercy Midtown Neighborhood Preservation Partnership program event on May 14. The Mercy Midtown Neighborhood Preservation Partnership offers home repair services for homeowners who live in the 22nd Street S corridor in St. Petersburg.
   There are currently four St. Anthony's team members in the process of having a Habitat home built. The hours volunteered for this event were shared with them toward the "sweat equity hours" needed to meet their requirements.
   Each of the 12 teams was assigned a home to paint. The partnership, which differs from the usual Habitat for Humanity new builds, offers to keep people in their homes by providing such home repair services as:

  • "Aging in Place" Modifications like ramps or accessibility upgrades designed to accommodate physical mobility limitations
  • Critical Home Repairs such as roof replacement, plumbing, electric, structural repairs
  • Energy Efficiency Upgrades that include insulation and HVAC
  • Exterior Enhancements such as painting and landscaping

   Team members who participated included James McClintic, MD; Marguerite Thomer, MD; Sr. Mary McNally, vice president mission; Peggy Averill, Suncoast Medical Clinic dermatology; Jennifer Gross, Foundation; Monique Lewis, Baycare Medical Services; Cassie Molina, infection control; Asia Reed, emergency services; Kimberly Salcedo, renal unit; and Michele Schultz, mission integration

Sisters attend St. Anthony's Speakeasy Gala
By: Margaret Mary Foley, OSF

   Sisters Joan Burke, Roberta Brunner, Gladys Sharkey, Mary McNally, and Margaret Foley attended St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation's Speakeasy Gala at the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus on Saturday May 21st. The Gala's theme was a 1920s Speakeasy. 
   The Gala's purpose was to raise awareness and funding for the Cardiology program and services at St. Anthony's Hospital.  Sr. Mary McNally led prayer before dinner began.  Our sisters sat together at a table and enjoyed fellowship and conversation.

Franciscan Center recognized for its service to Veterans

   U.S. Representative Cathy Castor has been vocal in her support for the Franciscan Center of Tampa and its services. Most recently, Rep. Castor recognized the Center for the assistance it provides the nation's soldiers, both former and current. Rep. Castor published a piece entitled, "Save Our Soldiers from Suicide Surge", in the Tampa Bay Times on Memorial Day. She said: 
   "Locally, the coalition of nonprofits, mental health professionals and others in Tampa Bay actively dedicated to supporting our military members and their families and understanding their unique challenges is significant: Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, James A. Haley VA Hospital, Bay Pines VA Medical Center, MacDill Air Force Base, Hillsborough County Veterans Services, Pinellas County Veterans Services, USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Veterans Counseling Veterans, Quantum Leap Farm, Tampa Crossroads Veterans Assistance Center, Franciscan Center as well as Gulf Coast Rehabilitation. Of course, my office can assist military members and their families with their VA claims or appeals and access the benefits they have earned." 
   To read the full article, click here
Celebrating 57 years of Allegany Franciscans in Cristalândia, Brazil

   Our Sisters and the community of Cristalândia, Brazil gathered to celebrate and commemorate the 57 years of ministry and presence of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany with the people. This celebration also marked the 70 years of the Congregation's presence in Brazil. Parabéns! Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to Chris J. Treichel OSF

   Saturday, July 11th the parish community of Sacred Heart and St Ann, Auburn, NY celebrated and honored Chris Treichel OSF on the completion of 16 years of ministry as Pastoral Administrator.
   The parishioners also highlighted Chris' 50th Jubilee and her birthday. The celebration took place during a parish Mass followed with a reception. Many members of Chris' family, her friends and religious sisters, including Margaret Mary Kimmins OSF, Patricia Shirley OSF, and Margaret Magee OSF, were gathered with parishioners to celebrate with Chris. Congratulations Chris, this was a great celebration!

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