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FSA Board of Directors Meeting October 10-16, Allegany
Allegany Assembly
Saturday, October 20
Jamaica Assembly
October 27-28
Brazil Assembly
November 1-3

General Commission
November 30 - December 1
St. Clare's, Tampa, FL
Chapter Planning Committee
January 18-19, 2019
St. Clare's, Tampa, FL 
Issue 6.19
October 8, 2018  
Sr. Liz Schumacher Renews Vows

The sisters in Allegany gathered in chapel on Monday, October 1, to witness the renewal of vows of Sr. Elizabeth (Liz) Schumacher. 

The prayer service and recommitment of her temporary vows was a moving and joyful experience. We are grateful for Sr. Liz's presence and the witness of her commitment to continue to grow in her journey of faith and in community as a Franciscan Sister of Allegany.

Let us continue to hold Liz, all of our women in discernment and in the various stages of formation, in our thoughts and prayers. Let us also pray for all women and men who enter into the process of discernment. May the Spirit dwell in them and bring the peace that guides and nurtures toward fully living God's will. 

St. Mary's, Cortland, celebrates 90 years
By: Denise Bunk-Hatch, Communications Director

   In 1928, Monsignor Patrick Donohoe and the parish community of St. Mary's in Cortland, NY, asked the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany if they would be willing to come and provide Catholic education to the area's youth. The Sisters, as they had done so many times before, responded with a resounding "yes!" 
   The resulting school - St. Mary's - celebrated its 90th anniversary September 28-30. The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany missioned 145 sisters to the school since its foundation to serve as teachers and principals. A full list of those who served can be viewed here. Although no Sisters are currently assigned to the school itself, Sr. Harriet Hamilton - a former Principal - remains active in the parish community as a Pastoral Associate. 
   Sr. Harriet and several other sisters were on hand to mark this important milestone for the school and to celebrate the Congregation's presence throughout the past 90 years. 
   Congratulations to St. Mary's School! Thank you for keeping our Franciscan spirit alive and for welcoming our Sisters so warmly!

Renodin Foundation Awards Fall Grants
By: Connie Cooper, Communications Coordinator, Dr. Lyle F. 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 for monies must show a connection to the mission of the Foundation, and assist those who are needy, the underprivileged, the elderly, the developmentally disabled, the handicapped, or the economically disadvantaged. Awarded projects must also show sustainability to continue on after the award period is over.
   The Foundation Board of Directors met recently to review grant applications for the fall 2018 cycle. Mary Jo Black, board chair, is proud to announce that 17 grants were awarded totaling $30,604. View the full list of grant recipients here. 

Motherhouse Blessing of the Animals

   On Wednesday, October 3, the Sisters at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse held their annual Blessing of the Animals. Organized by Sr. Chris Treichel, Motherhouse Spiritual Life Coordinator, the event was attended by staff and friends of the sisters alike. A number of dogs, a sparrow, and a chinchilla were blessed during the short prayer service and ceremony, while participants remembered those pets not in attendance or who had passed on. 
   The Blessing of the Animals is a Franciscan tradition commonly occurring around the Feast of St. Francis (October 4). St. Francis is remembered for his love for all creatures, and is the Patron Saint of Animals. 

The Dwelling Place has been helping women transition from  homelessness to "home" for four decades
By: WPIX-NY11 Staff

NEW YORK- There are no frills or signs of luxury.  But there is plenty of compassion and caring to go around at The Dwelling Place.
   Started in 1977, the residence was founded by five Allegany Franciscan Sisters who worked at St. Clare's Hospital.
   "Four sisters were nurses and one was a social worker. They would see the homeless women come to go searching through their garbage and it just broke their hearts. In the early 70s, when the mental health institutions were being closed, there were many places for men but not for women," Sister Joann Sambs said.
   So they decided to do something and opened the doors to The Dwelling Place for the first time on October 4th of that same year.
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Dwelling Place Gala
   The Dwelling Place of NY is holding its annual fundraiser, the Fall Gala, Thursday, October 18 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Saints Cyril & Methodius Hall, NYC.
Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets are $125, and a table of ten is $1,125. The Gala will include a silent auction, raffles, games, and a live program highlighting the women who are served at the Dwelling Place.
   For more information, click here.

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