Volume 7.19 | November 11, 2019
In this Issue:

Vocation Awareness Week

St. Elizabeth Mission Society Christmas Card Ministry

Investor Advocates for Social Justice

Garden Planting Party
Happy Veterans Day to all who have served - thank you for your service to our country!
St. Elizabeth Mission Society Christmas Card Ministry
By: Connie Cooper, Communications Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Mission Society
Send your special prayer blessings to friends or loved ones this Christmas with Christmas Mass enrollment cards from St. Elizabeth Mission Society. As members of the Mission Society, their intentions will be remembered at Christmas Eve 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.
As a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the St. Elizabeth Mission Society shares in its spiritual aims, 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 who work to educate, heal, clothe and feed those who are desperately poor in Jamaica, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States.
Christmas cards, as well as various other enrollment cards, can be ordered online by clicking HERE or you can call the Mission Society office at (716) 373-1130 or e-mail the staff at steliz.pubications@fsallegany.org for more information about ordering the enrollment cards.
An order form was mailed to each Sister, click on this link for an electronic version: Christmas Card Order Form
Vocation Awareness Week
Last week, November 3-9, was National Vocation Awareness Week. According to their website, "National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations."

Sr. Colleen Brady, Vocation Minister, wished to share the following information from VISION magazine in recognition of Vocation Awareness Week: Vocation Fact Sheet
Investor Advocates for Social Justice
From a release sent by Mary Beth Gallagher, Executive Director
I am pleased to announce that recently we launched Investor Advocates for Social Justice (IASJ). This new name replaces our former name, the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (Tri-CRI). This is an energizing evolution for our nearly 45-year-old organization, to build on our legacy of impactful shareholder advocacy and ensure our ability to meet the changing needs of faith-based investors in order to sustain this work for years to come. 
While our core work and the values that drive it will remain consistent, updates to our mission, governance structure, and services will help strengthen what we do and advance this important work for justice. 
Our renewed mission is to advocate on behalf of a community of investors whose faith-based values promote human rights, climate justice, racial equity and the common good. We remain committed to our faith-based values to achieve this mission, guide our advocacy, lead with integrity, and confront today’s challenges. As corporations consider fundamental shifts in the principles that guide their actions, and socially responsible investing continues to grow, we intend to be a leading voice calling for accountability and respect for all.  
Our newly articulated vision is to foster and support an equitable economy where investors leverage their collective voice and resources to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Our organization has developed unique expertise and the ability to advocate for specific change through direct engagement with corporations, proxy voting, and responsible investing, and with these tools, we will work to develop a more just world.
We are proud of our organization’s legacy and equally as proud to share this exciting evolution. I am confident that as we face the future, our values, our Affiliates and partners, and our new Board of Trustees , will lead the way to ensure our organization will continue to promote human dignity and protect the health of our planet, leveraging the collective investor power to advance social, economic and environmental justice.

Visit the new IASJ website here .
Garden Planting Party at St. Anthony's
By: Margaret Foley OSF

On Sunday, October 13, 2019, Saint Anthony’s Garden Club hosted a Fall Garden Planting Party at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Various team members and departments throughout the hospital each have garden beds that they take responsibility for in cultivating and harvesting. Team members’ children also joined in the fun during this Fall Garden Planting Party. Our sisters have a bed and planted various eggplants, kale, celery, yellow, red and green peppers, various tomato plants and marigolds for the fall season.