Volume 8.08 | April 27, 2020
In this Issue:


Motherhouse Sisters Stay Busy

Chapter Planning Update

Jamaican Food Distribution Continues

COVID-19 Tribute Video

In Memory

Motherhouse Sisters Stay Busy During COVID-19 Restrictions
Participating in the daily sing-a-long are Sisters Gemma Delgado, Carole Ann Hoppe, Annette Seiter with Melissa Scholl leading “Zippity, Do, Dah”
While the people in the Greater Olean/Allegany area clapped for Healthcare personnel, some Sisters went through the house led by Melissa Scholl to express our gratitude to our nursing staff. 
Chapter Planning Committee Update
By: Margaret Magee OSF
The members of the Chapter Planning Committee (CPC) met via Zoom on Wednesday evening, April 15. The purpose of this meeting was for committee members to check-in with each other and to talk about the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica and the United States.
 
Since the number of COVID cases is still rising and we continue to be under stay-at-home orders, all agreed that we need to continue to monitor the situation and to hold off on rescheduling the Assemblies and the Chapter. The CPC members next Zoom meeting will be on May 14.
 
Let us continue to pray for Christ’s healing presence upon all who are effected by the COVID-19 virus and especially all the healthcare and first responders.
 
Pictured are the CPC members on Zoom:
(Top row) Dolores O’Brien, Margaret Magee, Gwen Melhado, Jo Streva and Sheila Vincent
(Middle row) Pat Tyre, Joyce Ramage, Connie Gilder SSJ, facilitator, Mary Ann Mulzet SSJ, liturgist, and Marlene Weidenborner
(Bottom row) Goianira Silva, Maria Isabel Pereira and Rosimeire Dias Noleto
FSA Jamaica Food Distribution Continues
Nothing stops Sr. Maureen Clare Hall from continuing her St. Francis Outreach to some 160 persons who usually come once a month to the back door of Immaculate Conception Convent in Kingston, Jamaica. In this time of pandemic, Maureen and her faithful helpers, Nicky, Trisha, Megan, Sisters Helen Rose and Marita and Dr. Debra did what was necessary to bring the food and medicines to the regular recipients. They transported the bags of food from the convent to the front gate of the Immaculate Conception property and set them up for distribution. Amazingly, all but a few of the recipients showed up!
 
Maureen Clare wrote: “We had fun--all masked and sanitized with Nicky giving instructions to keep the social distance outside the gate. They understood and were so grateful. The people so need the help at this time! Besides, the Lord sent us some extra money so each one was able to get a good-sized bun and a wedge of cheese. We were able to give out 145 packages that Saturday in March. We still have a few who couldn't make it; they will come later to collect their bag. The Guard phones up to let me know and we get it down to them, somehow.
 
“Megan Hamilton, our new Missioner from Franciscan Mission Service, Washington, DC, was such a big help! She worked very hard for a week to pack the rice and cornmeal and fill the big bags with all the other stuff. It was a real team effort! Rosie and Marita as well as Dr. Debra drove the packages down.”
"Lean on Me" - Coronavirus Tribute from St. Anthony's
Submitted by: Margaret Mary Foley OSF
Taken from a message from the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation (SAHF)
There are so many things that divide us in life – but today – a global pandemic brings us all together as one. This tribute video is for the medical providers, the doctors, the nurses, the EMTs and everyone on the frontlines. A thousand thanks to the caregivers and researchers responsible for fighting the new virus - we are in awe of your selflessness. A special thank you to Dr. Jamii St. Julien for partnering with the Foundation to create this video as a tribute to all of those providing care during this crisis.

Now, more than ever, we've come to appreciate the immense commitment of our medical and clinical providers. We are so very grateful to our Foundation friends who have been recently inspired to give gifts (large and small) in response to this pandemic. Thus far, we have been able to allocate money in part, to the purchase of two new ventilators, vital for COVID-19 patients with severe respiratory symptoms. We have also secured a Clorox 360 disinfecting machine to keep all of our St. Anthony's providers and patients safe.
If you would like to support the emergency needs during this Coronavirus crisis, we have created the SAHF Coronavirus Response Fund to support our patients, caregivers, and the communities we serve during this challenging time. These funds will ensure swift action to respond to the critical needs of St. Petersburg through St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation.

In Memory
Sr. Mary Ellen Walsh
Date of Birth: March 17, 1927
Entered Eternal Life: April 16, 2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be held at a later date.