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Issue 4.18
September 27, 2016
 Feast of the Archangels (September 29) 

We celebrate the feast of Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels and messengers of God. Michael is honored as protector, Gabriel as messenger of the Annunciation to Mary and to Zechariah. Raphael healed the blindness of Tobit and guided Tobiah through his marriage to Sarah and the restoration of the family fortune.

Francis of Assisi held Mary and the archangels in much honor as he prayed, "O God, we humbly beg the glorious Mother, the most blessed, ever-virgin Mary, Blessed Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, all the choirs of the blessed seraphim, cherubim, thrones, principalities, powers, virtues, angels, give You it pleases You, God true and supreme, eternal and living, with Your most beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy spirit, the Paraclete, world without end. Amen. (Early Rule of St. Francis of Assisi)

May Francis' prayer serve as a reminder of God's infinite presence, goodness and love beyond what we can know or imagine!

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

   More than anything, Francis of Assisi wanted to be exactly like Jesus. He wanted to imitate Him as closely as possible. So when he heard Jesus' words to his disciples in the Gospel of Matthew: "Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant... the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve...," Francis knew that servanthood would have to characterize his life and the lives of his followers.
   Francis wrote numerous "Admonitions" to his brothers, many of which begin with the words: "Blessed is the servant who..." This servanthood is not slavery against one's will. It is a free choice, to place others' needs above one's own. Francis expected this servanthood of himself and of all who would follow the Franciscan way.
   Be aware today of how God might be asking you to place the needs of others above your own, and pray for the grace to be a servant to them.

Heavenly Harvest lives up to its name
By: Joyce Ramage, OSF, President, Canticle Farm

   Heavenly Harvest, Canticle Farm's annual farm to table fundraiser, was held on Saturday, September 10th. This is our premiere event, featuring a four-course gourmet meal comprised of chicken, beef and vegetable kabobs, Mediterranean style rice, crisp farmstead salad, hand-passed appetizers, homemade ice cream, and shortbread cookies. The meal was prepared by Chef Steve Dodge who is the Motherhouse chef and food manager.
   In addition to tasting new dinner recipes, attendees took away ideas from the many educational booths, enjoyed a relaxing chair massage, listened to live music, and toured the farm with Mark Printz, our farmer. Added to the event was Pedal to Plate where cyclists enjoyed a scenic bike ride then joined us for dinner.
   It certainly was a Heavenly Harvest... and we couldn't have asked for a more glorious day. The weather, the food, the company, all contributed to the atmosphere of happiness and joy!
Season for Creation
By: Gloria Oehl, OSF

   As you know, Pope Francis proclaimed September 1 as a day of prayer for creation.  We have been asked to continue to pray and act for our Mother Sister Earth until October 4th during this Season of Creation. 
Pope Francis called for adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional corporal works of mercy and adding concern for the future of the planet to the spiritual works of mercy. He said:  "When we mistreat nature, we mistreat human beings."
   Following our Chapter Statement 2016, I continue to represent the Congregation in a monthly Climate Change Call about the ways that we can work to slow climate change with representatives of ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility) and as a member of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment.   In a recent call, we reviewed some climate-based targets for engaging with companies who need to improve the ways their operations affect local communities and farmers.  The information was given by CDP, a research organization that gathers the data from many companies that report their activities which are then compared to their peers in similar industries such as electric utilities.  This enables us to concentrate on particular companies through dialogue, letters and resolutions presented at Corporate Annual Meetings of shareholders with the Board of Directors.
Pat Tyre named St. Joseph's Team Member of the Month
Submitted by: Cathy Cahill, OSF   

   Congratulations to Pat Tyre who was named St Joseph's Hospital Team Member of the Month! Pat is a Registered Nurse in Pre-Op.
    Chosen from among nominees from throughout St Joseph's Hospital, Pat was recognized as an exceptional team member, noting that she models the values of trust, respect, dignity, and excellence at all times. Also cited was Pat's demonstration of exceptional courtesy to patients as well as all the other people in the hospital setting - visitors, volunteers, other staff. Her enthusiasm was noted as was her "can do" attitude and willingness to take on responsibility without waiting to be asked. Pat will be honored during the hospital's Service Awards Luncheon in October.  
    ParabĂ©ns, Pat! Well done! You are a model of being a sister to all, using your gifts and talents for the people of God - especially when they are most vulnerable.  

Margaret Mary Foley nominated for Team Member of the Quarter
Submitted by: Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF   

   Sister Margaret Mary Foley was nominated as team member of the quarter at St. Anthony's hospital for the third quarter of the year. Sr. Margaret Mary was nominated by one of her teammates, and says she is "so grateful" for the consideration. 

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