Volume 7.17 | October 14, 2019
In this Issue:

Sr. Anne Dougherty Honored

Dwelling Place Partners with Repeat Roses

Book Review

From the Communications Office

In Memory
Sr. Anne Dougherty Honored at Heroes' Luncheon
By: Pat Klemm OSF
On Friday September 27, The Franciscan Center in Tampa, FL, held its fifth-annual "Feast of St. Michael the Archangel Heroes’ Luncheon", which honors First Responders. This year the luncheon also honored Sr. Anne Dougherty, OSF for her commitment to the First Responders in the Tampa area.

Anne, the chaplain for the Police, Fire Rescue Departments, and the local FBI, has been a beacon of Franciscan caring for all their first responders. Six years ago she founded Operation Restore, which provides holistic training designed to relieve the stress that comes from dealing with traumatic situations that the first responders (and their wives) face on a daily basis. Over 285 of them have participated in 51 training sessions at the Center.

Many of the departments were represented at the luncheon and spoke highly of their regard for Sister Annie and how her presence among them has helped to bring them peace. The Mayor of Tampa, Jane Castor (former chief of police), presented Anne with a commendation honoring her devotion and care.
Dwelling Place Partners with Repeat Roses
By: Sr. Joann Sambs, Administrator, The Dwelling Place of NY
Editor's note: As part of our celebration of the Season of Creation, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany asked Sisters, Associates, Partners in Ministry, and friends to share their support for all of creation through pictures taken with a sign stating "I pledge to care for our common home." The Dwelling Place of NY submitted the following, along with their photo:

We are standing in front of bouquets of flowers delivered to us yesterday from an organization called Repeat Roses. This company has been working with us for almost three years. They transform arrangements from special events into bouquets to brighten hospitals, nursing homes, and shelters. They ask us to save the flowers once they are no longer good. Someone from team comes and picks them up for composting so no waste is added to landfills, It is a wonderful way to care for earth. We are grateful to be part of this effort and enjoy the beauty of the bouquets they bring to us.

Click here to read more about Repeat Roses and the Dwelling Place.
Book Review: Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
By: Margaret Magee OSF
We have been celebrating the Season of Creation (September 1 to October 4), especially with the materials and reflections being sent out from our Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality Committee. This annual celebration for prayer, reflection and action calls us to raise our awareness and to change our hearts, our attitudes and especially our behaviors to actively advocate and work for local and global environmental justice. We have also heard from the young Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg. Her message to World Leaders at the 2019 UN Climate Summit in New York; ‘How Dare You!’ has gone viral. Click the following to view the video: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/sep/23/greta-thunberg-to-world-leaders-how-dare-you-you-have-stolen-my-dreams-and-my-childhood-video
 
This is a critical time and the opportune moment to read Mary Robinson’s book, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future. Mary Robinson is the former President of Ireland and United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change. In her book, Mary relates the stories of seven individuals, mostly women, many of whom come from poor and environmentally challenged countries. Stories like that of Constance Okollet, a farmer in eastern rural Uganda, Sharon Hansaw, a beautician in East Biloxi, Mississippi who experienced the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The stories of Jannie Staffansson, an indigenous woman of the nomadic Saami people of Sweden and others help the reader realize how critically fragile and dangerous the daily lives of some people have become because of the climate crisis and the lack of commitment to climate justice and the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 
In her writing, Mary is not shy to call out our President, Donald Trump, as a “Climate Denier” and for his pulling the United States out of the COP21 Paris Agreement. The United States is one of the world’s largest polluters. Mary writes, “I watched on television as Trump, standing at a podium in the White House Rose Garden, denounced the Paris accord as a “draconian” deal and claimed that abandoning the agreement would reassert American Sovereignty.” Yet, in her dry Irish humor she also praised him on being the real impetus for other countries, as well as United States mayors, governors and corporations, to increase their commitment and advocacy to reduce emissions and forge eco-friendly policies and practices.  
 
Mary Robinson reminds us, through the stories of others, that we live in the reality of total inter-relatedness and inter-connectedness on this our Common Home, our Sister Mother Earth. This book is a call to Climate Conversion!     
From the Office of Communications
By: Denise Bunk-Hatch, Communications Director
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For many years, Allegany Connections served as the primary source of information about the Franciscan SIsters of Allegany. Sr. Barbara Joseph oversaw its assembly, printing, and dissemination with steadfast dedication. When I took on the role of Communications Director in 2012, I worked hand-in-hand with Barbara to move Connections forward, making it a digital-only publication and transitioning it to a quarterly publication as the e-newsletter continued to expand.

During a recent discussion with Congregational Leadership, we decided to suspend regular publication of Allegany Connections. With the addition of eulogies to the newsletter and website, and our increased use of email and social media, the need once served by Connections has been filled by more timely methods of communication.

Moving forward, Allegany Connections will be used as a special publication to celebrate important events (such as the Golden Jubilee and Chapter). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
In Memory





Sr. Mary Carleen Rooney OSF

Date of Birth: September 11, 1932
Entered into Eternal Life: October 7, 2019