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Allegany Franciscans Website
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
 
CL Meetings
March 6-7  
 
FSA Board of Directors Meeting
March 16-23, Brazil

Assemblies
Allegany - April 7-8
NJ/Easton, PA - April 20, 21, 22 Brazil - April 20, 21, 22
Tampa - April 28, 29
Jamaica - May 5, 6
 
Issue 6.04
February 26, 2018  
Second Monday of Lent

Today's readings have a common theme of warning against prejudice, hypocrisy, and condemnation of others. They also give us guidelines for living our lives: "Do not judge, that you may not be judged"; "Grant pardon, and you will be pardoned." These words should ring clearly in our hearts and call to mind our need for repentance and reconciliation.

As we reflect this day, let us hear the cries of the prophets, imploring us to seek pardon and mercy for our transgressions. Let us be mindful and attentive to God's gracious and generous mercy, compassion, and love.

Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality Committee Meeting 
By: Judith Terrameo OSF

   The Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality Committee met February 21-24, 2018, at St. Clare's Convent, Tampa. All members were present which added to our sharing, especially in experiencing all that is happening throughout the congregation's four countries. We are grateful to Lucy Cardet and Michele Dolyk for their regular contact with Maria and Elvira in Bolivia. This gifts us with the inclusion of our Bolivian perspective in our discussions and plans for Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality.
   Each morning our meeting began with contemplative prayer and sharing, helping to set the tone for the day and guiding our conversations.
   The following are some highlights from our meeting:
-      A third printing of the "Beloved of God" booklets is available. This booklet has recently been translated to Spanish and Portuguese and printing in these languages is being planned, broadening the audience who may benefit from these reflections. To order booklets in English contact Denise Bunk-Hatch at denise.bunk-hatch@fsallegany.org.
-      We confirmed the appointment of a new committee member, Dr. Claudia Herrera. Claudia is Campus Minister at St. Thomas University in Miami. Her expertise in working with young adults will be a great asset. Claudia will be joining us at our next meeting.
-      Coming in September! A retreat resource on the Spirituality of Clare of Assisi by Sr. Briege O'Hare OSC will be available. Briege gave this retreat in 2005 to the Sisters of St. Francis of Stella Niagara, NY. The retreat has seven presentations and will be available in both audio format and in writing. The committee has developed reflection questions for each session. These materials will be sent out to all sisters and associates once a month for seven months. They will also be posted to the Spirituality section of our website. The written presentations have been translated to Portuguese and Spanish. Watch for more information.
-      A sub-committee is developing resources on The Consistent Ethic of Life through our Franciscan-Clarian lens. Sisters Pat Shirley and Jeanne Williams will assist in this project. Again, more information will be coming as the project develops.
-      We thank the sisters and associates who expressed an interest in participating in the Franciscan Busy Person's Retreat. Zoom conference calls will be scheduled within the next two weeks with the retreat leaders to discuss the program and details. We are excited about this new ministry opportunity and the potential for journeying with others in experiencing our Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality.
-      Over the past several months we have shared reflections on the Peace Prayer. The final reflection by Michele Dolyk appears in this issue. Our next series of reflections will focus on artistic expressions of Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality. As we share our favorite pictures and our reflections, we invite you to send a Franciscan-Clarian picture and your reflection on what the picture calls forth from your heart. Send them to Judith at srjterrameo@gmail.com.
 
  Our next meeting will be July 26-28, 2018 in Tampa, FL. If you have any questions or suggestions for Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality please contact Judith at srjterrameo@gmail.com .

St. Elizabeth Mission Society Easter Cards 
By: Connie Cooper, Communications Specialist, St. Elizabeth Mission Society

   Send your special prayer blessings to friends or loved ones this Easter with Mass enrollment cards from St. Elizabeth Mission Society. As members of the Mission Society, their intentions will be remembered during Easter Mass and in other Masses celebrated throughout the year in the Motherhouse chapel. They will also share in the prayers and good works of our Sisters in Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica, and the United States.
   All Sisters received an order form in the mail in mid-February, and you can click HERE to access and review the available cards.
   As a Sponsored Ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the St. Elizabeth Mission Society shares in its spiritual benefits, 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 in educating, healing, clothing, and feeding those who are desperately poor in Jamaica, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States.
   Enrollment cards for Easter and other special occasions may be ordered online at www.FranciscanHope.org . Call the St. Elizabeth Mission Society office at (716) 373-1130 or e-mail the staff at steliz.pubications@fsallegany.org for more information or to place an order for enrollment cards.

National Catholic Sisters Week

   The Fifth Annual National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will be celebrated from March 8-14.
   NCSW was launched in 2014 as an official component of National Women's History Month, which runs through March. The week is intended to honor the nation's 47,170 Catholic sisters and all who have gone before - founders of schools and hospitals, artists and activists, leaders and spiritual guides for all walks of life. Molly Hazelton, head of the NCSW National team, states, "Catholic sisters don't seek the spotlight, but we know that raising awareness of their ministries can inspire the masses, and that's what we're aiming to do. In a time when there isn't much good news, we need more than ever to hear stories of how they help and heal a fractured country." Since NCSW launched in 2014, Hazelton has heard again and again from young adults amazed by the connections they have forged with women religious, voicing a deep admiration and natural kinship. "Many of the causes that animate Catholic sisters deeply resonate with Millennials - whether it's sustainability, care for the marginalized, or building a life that reflects your core values, an authentic one. Sisters have so much to teach us." NCSW events also support young women who are considering religious life - whether they provide initial exposure or deepen relationships, with gatherings that range from a monastery tour to a Nun Run, including retreats and "Come and and See" weekends. About 100 women enter religious life every year at an average age of 32.

   Is your parish, diocese, or community doing anything to celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week? Let us know! Email Denise Bunk-Hatch, communications director, at denise.bunk-hatch@fsallegany.org.
 
International Women's Day March 8 
From the United Nations website

   The theme for International Women's Day on March 8 is  "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives".
   This year, International Women's Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women's rights, equality, and justice. Sexual harassment, violence, and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. 
   People around the world are mobilizing for a future that is more equal. This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo in the United States and its counterparts in other countries, protesting against sexual harassment and violence, such as #YoTambien in Mexico, Spain, South America and beyond, #QuellaVoltaChe in Italy, #BalanceTonPorc in France and #Ana_kaman in the Arab States; "Ni Una Menos" ('not one less'), a campaign against femicide that originated in Argentina; and many others, on issues ranging from equal pay to women's political representation.
   International Women's Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women's rights and realize their full potential.
   On March 8, join activists around the world and UN Women to seize the moment, celebrate, take action and transform women's lives everywhere. The time is now.
   For more information, visit http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life
By: Michele Dolyk OSF
The following is the final in a series of 12 reflections by the Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality Committee on the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. All previous reflections are available on the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany Spirituality page.

   We are constantly faced with making choices. Our choices can bring light or darkness into the world. It's a transformative action. It's a daily choice of "letting go", a dying of our ego and its desires to focus on God and God's will. Our daily life of suffering and death from moment to moment in which we actually give everything we have to God is our movement to light. Our actions in this world, and our ability to rise above the limits of our own self-interest, live on far beyond us and play their part in shaping a world of spirituality and peace. All our actions on earth have eternal life. It is up to us to determine whether our actions have a life that increases the light in the world or adds darkness.
   Our lives are our witness and our witness in this world is our legacy. It is what lives on in the world after we are gone. Let us pray daily for the grace to let go and adopt a sense of surrender to God's will to move beyond "me" to "thee". This was Francis' choice: to let go of self and to focus on God and God's will so that we may be born to Eternal Life. 

Upcoming Retreats at Notre Dame Retreat House

   Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY, has announced its summer 2018 Women Religious Retreats offerings.
   From July 8-13, 2018, Fr. Anthony Michalik C.Ss.R will discuss "The Pathway to Holiness: A Closer, More Critical Look at the Beatitudes." This program will take a closer look at the beauty, wisdom, and power of the Beatitudes.
   "Lord, touch me..." is the theme of the retreat scheduled for August 5-10, 2018, lead by Fr. Kenneth Gaddy C.Ss.R. During this journey, retreatants will discover and discern what they need from God to touch them in a particular and specific manner.
   Registration information and further details can be found here or at www.notredameretreat.org.
 


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