Volume 7.18 | October 28, 2019
In this Issue:

Happy birthday, Sr. Marigene!

Renodin Foundation Fall Grants


Corporate Responsibility Update
Sister Marigene Kennedy recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her sister, Rhe, who visited from New York City, and the Motherhouse community. Happy birthday, Sr. Marigene!
Renodin Foundation Fall 2019 Grant Awards
By: Connie Cooper, Communications Coordinator, Renodin Foundation
Each year, the Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, provides grants for programs and projects whose public charitable purposes are carried out in a manner consistent with the tradition of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Requests must show a connection to the mission of the Foundation and assist those who are poor, elderly, or have mental or physical disabilities. Awarded projects also showed sustainability to live on long after the award period is over.

The Foundation board of directors met recently to review grant applications for the Fall 2019 cycle. Mary Jo Black, board chair, is proud to announce that 21 grants were approved totaling $37,000:

  1. ACCORD CorporationFlexible Assistance for Families – Belmont, NY
  2. Allegany County Mental Health AssociationYouth Compeer Program – Wellsville, NY
  3. Bradford Hospital FoundationMeals on Wheels at BRMC – Bradford, PA
  4. Cuba Cultural CenterBackpack Program – Cuba, NY
  5. Destinations - BradfordEmergency Fuel for Medical Appointments – Bradford, PA
  6. Friendship Church of God in Christ (Mission Agape) Brown bag lunches, school supplies, holiday food baskets and Christmas gifts for children - Friendship, NY
  7. Futures Rehabilitation Center, Inc.YMCA Membership – Bradford, PA
  8. Genesis House of Olean, Inc. Mother and Baby Assistance - Olean, NY
  9. Heritage Aflame Ministries - benevolence (rent, utilities, gas for employment search, school supplies, food, camperships)- Cattaraugus & Allegany Counties
  10. Ischua Union Church - Fund for the Needy (utilities, medical, transportation, Christmas gifts, school supplies) – Ischua, NY
  11. Just Life AssociationTemporary Housing for Those in Need – Olean, NY
  12. Kevin Guest House Guest Lodging for Patients & Families Traveling for Medical Care from Allegany, Catt. & McKean counties - Buffalo, NY
  13. Olean Food PantryPortable Folding Shopping Carts – Olean, NY
  14. Olean General Hospital FoundationEmergent Needs of the Poor – Olean, NY
  15. Rebuilding Together Olean Area, Inc.Wheelchair Ramps – Olean, NY
  16. Saving Grace Outreachbenevolence (rent/utilities, baby supplies, medical needs/transportation, clothing and car seats) – Cattaraugus, NY
  17. Southern Tier Health Care SystemCribs for Kids Program – Olean, NY
  18. St. Bonaventure University – The Warming HousePurchase healthy food and cleaning/food service supplies – Olean, NY
  19. St. Vincent de PaulHope for the Needy (housing, utilities, clothing, food, prescriptions) – Olean, NY
  20. YMCA of the Twin TiersScholarship assistance for Olean YMCA child care and early learning programs – Olean, NY
  21. YWCA of Bradford Walking Miles in Their Shoes Program – Bradford, PA
The Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation, attentive to the religious tradition and pastoral mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, is committed to the Gospel stance of social justice which is lived out in a spirit of love, healing and compassion. The Foundation focuses its energy and resources primarily in the Allegany/Cattaraugus Counties of New York and McKean County of Pennsylvania and strives to improve the quality of life of our poor and marginalized neighbors.

To learn more about the Renodin Foundation grants or to apply or donate, visit www.RenodinFoundation.org .
By: Pat Klemm OSF, published in IFC - TOR September Propsitum
Fraternity – our life based on the reality that Jesus is brother to us all. It is about loving relationships that enrich our lives with joy. Because God has first loved us we are called to love one another as sisters and brothers. This loving is both global and local. We are called to love everyone no matter how far removed they are from us. This type of loving often entails the need to work for systemic change so that those who are poor or marginalized are treated in accord with their dignity as human persons.

But we must be careful that our love is not removed from the reality of our community lives. It is easy to love in thoughts and words, but not always so easy to love in the here and now. The differences in personalities that make up a community can make loving a challenge. The need for acceptance of these differences goes way beyond tolerance and demands that we love as Jesus loves, unconditionally and extravagantly.

The call to love in community requires that we see beyond the externals and recognize the family connection we have as children of our loving God. We are called to show that connection in the way we greet one another with not only respect but with love. Living as sisters and brothers in a Gospel sense goes beyond the way we may have related to our siblings in our family of origin. Sadly, families can lose (or may never have had) the deep connections that are inherent in the words “sister” and “brother”. 

When we live together in community there may be different roles that each takes, some having more active participation than others. The Rule challenges us to care for and respect those who are sick, aged, or challenged physically or mentally. Our care for our sisters and brothers with dementia requires a great deal of patience and we may need to remind ourselves of the person who still resides inside a mind that may no longer even recognize itself.

The Rule exhorts us to not let our righteousness lead us to anger and annoyance because of another’s imperfections. It does challenge us to work with our sisters or brothers so that we may all grow in the life we have professed to follow. Kindness must always be the guiding principle for mutual opportunities for growth. Asking for forgiveness when we have failed takes a great deal of humility as does accepting another’s request for forgiveness.

Relationships are the key to how we live out the Rule about fraternity. There are daily challenges to living our Franciscan way of life - we can each give examples of the ups and downs of community life and can each confess the ways we have lived up to or failed to live as sisters and brothers to all. Living fraternity well brings joy not only to our lives but to those with whom and to whom we minister.
Corporate Responsibility Update
By: Gloria Oehl OSF
My activities while representing the Congregation in the area of corporate responsibility during the month of September included:

  •  Singing on with other faith based investors to request that banks and credit card companies support gun-control legislation;
  •  Co-signing a letter through the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) to the US Department of Labor re: comments in response to proposed amendment on temporary agricultural employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in the United States.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at srgloria@hotmail.com