Volume 8.03 | February 10, 2020
In this Issue:

Sr. Angella Harris Retires

Jubilee Card Ministry

Social Responsibility Activities

AFM Announces New Board Members

Earth Day 50th Anniversary
Sr. Angella Harris' Retirement Celebrated
On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Home-School Association, in conjunction with Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS), celebrated Sister Angella Harris’ retirement as Principal of ICHS. The fundraising tribute and Gospel Concert, entitled “Sister’s Praise”, was a wonderful affair staged on the grounds of the high school. Besides featuring renowned singer Shirley Caesar, the school’s Staff Choir, a student, and local well-known and acclaimed Gospel Singers enthralled the crowd which included Sr. Angella’s 93-year-old mother, her sisters, a niece, and her Franciscan Community. Sister Angella asked that the funds raised be dedicated to the completion of the project she started: making the high school completely solarized. After a four-hour treat of musical praise, Sister Angella delivered a memorable “Thank You and Appreciation” speech which earned her a standing ovation.

On Monday, January 27, Sister Angella was contacted by RJRGLEANER Communications Group, informing her that she was being recognized as one of Jamaica’s 24 most influential and impactful women in connection with the celebration of International Women’s Day. To this end she was invited to their office for an interview on Wednesday, January 29. Sister Angella had been Principal at Mt. Alvernia High School for girls for 10 years before becoming Principal for Immaculate Conception High School for girls, where she ministered for 15 years.
SEMS Jubilee Card Ministry
By: Victoria Kearns, Communications Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Mission Society
Help the Jubilee Sisters CELEBRATE THEIR JOURNEY with a special Jubilee Mass enrollment card from the St. Elizabeth Mission Society. As members of the Mission Society, their intentions will be remembered at Masses celebrated throughout the year in the Motherhouse Chapel. As always, they will also share in the prayers and good works of our Sisters in Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica and the United States.
 
As a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the St. Elizabeth Mission Society shares in its spiritual aims, one of which is to advance the awareness of God's love. Donations given for the cards are used to support the ministries of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany who work to educate, heal, clothe, and feed those who are desperately poor in Jamaica, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States.
 
Special Jubilee cards as well as various other enrollment cards may be ordered online at www.FranciscanHope.org . Others may call the St. Elizabeth Mission Society office at (716) 373-1130 or e-mail the staff at steliz.pubications@fsallegany.org for more information about ordering the enrollment cards.
 
All Sisters will receive an order form in the mail.
Socially Responsible Activity
A proposal was made through a shareholder resolution by our Congregation to Tyson Foods, a multinational corporation in the food industry with many suppliers in chicken, beef, and pork. This is possible because we own some holdings of shares in this company. The proposal was a request for a report on Tyson’s human rights due diligence process to assess, identify, prevent and mitigate actual and potential human rights impacts. We and our colleagues have engaged with Tyson Foods about the issues raised in the proposal for some years. One of our colleagues at the Investor Advocates for Social Justice attended the annual meeting on February 6 to represent us and the percentage of shareholders who voted for our proposal increased over last year.

Another proposal that we co-filed with others is a resolution to be presented at the General Motors Company annual meeting in June. This proposal requests more information about their human rights policy implementation.
AFM Introduces New Board Members
From a press release by Allegany Franciscan Ministries
Allegany Franciscan Ministries (AFM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Emery Ivery as Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Arlease Hall as Vice Chairperson, and Katrina Wright as Secretary. In addition, Debbie Coakley and Sr. Cindy Matthews, OSF have been elected to the Board of Directors. Their board term started January 1, 2020. As the governing body of AFM, the board stewards its resources, establishes policies and programs, and approves grants and other investments to community organizations totaling nearly $6 million annually.
 
“Allegany Franciscan Ministries is privileged to benefit from the leadership of these dedicated individuals,” said Eileen Coogan, president and CEO of AFM . “Each one has demonstrated their commitment to people who have been marginalized and historically underserved.”
 
Mr. Ivery is the Tampa Bay Area President for United Way Suncoast and joined the Board of Directors in 2015 after serving on the Tampa Bay Regional Commission of AFM since 2009; he currently serves on AFM’s Wimauma Council for the Common Good.
 
Arlease Hall is the Community Relations Director and Public Information Officer at Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County; she joined the board in 2016, and serves on the Lincoln Park Council for Common Good. Katrina Wright joined the board in 2019 and serves on the Overtown Council for the Common Good; she is VP, Community Development and Outreach at BankUnited. Debbie Coakley traces her connection to AFM to 1995, when she joined Allegany Health System. Debbie most recently served as VP of Performance Excellence & Operational Improvement at Trinity Health. Sister Cindy Matthews, OSF has been a Franciscan Sister of Allegany for more than 50 years, and serves as Pastoral Minister at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 1970. This important milestone comes at a time when climate action is more necessary than ever. As Franciscans, we are called to do our part to protect and care for our Sister Mother Earth. The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and Franciscan Action Network want to know what you are planning for Earth Day 2020 ?
 
If you are developing a prayer, an event, or other means of recognition for this 50th anniversary (April 22, 2020), please let us know by emailing Denise Bunk-Hatch at denise.bunk-hatch@fsallegany.org . All submissions will be shared with Janine Walsh, communications coordinator for Franciscan Action Network.