"What resonates to me is the second commandment of Jesus as one community, "you shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mk 12:31)." Amid pandemic, we practice health protocol to protect one another-our duty to protect our earth and sisters and brothers because we all are one humanity; what happens to one member affects the whole of humanity."
 -Sister Vangie Lasao, SSS

Cultivating Hope After
One Year of Lockdown
by Mary Hatton, Director of Development

"What is the promise of hope that I pray will be realized when we finally are lifted from beneath the shadow of this pandemic? That we recognize more deeply than ever before our responsibility to protect and promote the well-being of the earth and all her people."
-Sister Maribeth Larkin, SSS, General Director

The other day during an early morning traipse through the neighborhood, an unexpected thing happened to me. Within minutes of my adventure, a strange and overwhelming feeling of hope came over me, a feeling I was all too grateful to experience after a long year of feeling anxious and uncertain instead...
Lockdown
by Brother Richard Hendrick
Capuchin Franciscan Living in Ireland

"Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing, Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square, Sing."

March Assembly
"Lean In Toward the Light"

Over the weekend of March 12, 80+ Sisters and Associates from the United States, Taiwan, the Philippines and Mexico gathered via Zoom for the annual March Assembly. In light of the pandemic, and keeping in mind the theme of "Lean In Toward the Light", the participants were able to share, reconnect and reflect on such topics as “How Far We’ve Come”, “Moving Toward Pentecost: “Things are not getting worse…they’re getting uncovered”, and “Where Do We Go From Here?” With candid discussions about the need “to hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil that conceals needless suffering”, the participants agreed that it is important to strive to be a prophetic witness to the world, to live out our 2019 Chapter Direction Statement calling them to be “more conscious and conscientious” and a “disturbing presence.” Additionally, we are called to be determined innovators responding as the needs of our time emerge. The closing group discussion surrounding “hope” and “light” and how we effectively move forward was beautifully enhanced by the moving words of Amanda Gorman:

“The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Feast of St. Patrick

March 17 is the Feast Day of Saint Patrick, one of the Church’s great evangelizing saints. Although he is the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain in the fifth century. When he was a teenager, he was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. It was during this time, that he discovered his own faith, finding strength through his relationship with God.
Latest Federation News
by Agnes Pataki, SSS
Generalate, Hungary

Happy New Year everyone! Greetings from the Philippines Formation House
Meet our aspirant Lita E. Ogale (or Lits), postulant Famela B. Tibayan (or Fam), and novice Princess Joy Dela Cerna (or Joy).
Our new Sisters in the Philippines: Lita, Famela and Joy
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