My Dear Sisters,
Peace and every blessing to each and every one!
As we begin our Lenten journey together, I hope and pray for a peace-and joy-filled time in the desert with the Lord for all of you. How blessed we are to have this special time, with reduced distractions and more time to focus on our relationship with the One who loves us so dearly. As the Lord so often invites his disciples, let us also “come away and rest ourselves for
Lent is a time of greater listening to that voice encouraging us to let go of actions, habits, and thought patterns that turn us in on ourselves instead of toward each other and God. It is a time of deepening conversion in which our every effort is rewarded, albeit often in unseen and unfathomable ways. One such way is perhaps the show of solidarity between North and South Korea at the opening of the current Olympic games; the prayers and efforts of many toward personal conversion and living more peaceably with one another have certainly contributed to this situation which will hopefully deepen and continue to extend to the rest of the world. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and various efforts for this and for many of the needs in our world today.
Thank you also for your responses to our queries concerning the St. Bonaventure/ Poor Clare Enrichment Program. It is scheduled for July 9-13, 2018; further information and a brochure are attached in this newsletter. Sisters Charlene and Julie (NO) are doing a great job planning and organizing this event!
As you know, our May 14-18 Joint Federation Meeting is fast approaching. We anticipate an enriching time with Fr. Dominic and with each other, especially as each Federation celebrates 60 years from foundation. It is quite a milestone! We are looking forward to sharing our memories and gratitude; however, we are still in need of a Sister from each Federation to plan the celebration. Sr. Kathy Ann Horvat (TR) has generously offered to make a slide show but we still need someone to plan the food and format of Thursday evening, and any liturgical aspects (Mass intentions, hymns), etc. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this request.
Also in May, Fr. Tom’s current term as Religious Assistant is concluded. Thank you so much for sending in your voting results; our letter requesting Fr. Tom’s continuation is on its way to Rome.
A few notes regarding our Sisters: I recently received a first-ever email from our Sisters in Coroico, Bolivia. Their email address is: email@example.com. If you would like to send them a quick note – even in English – I am sure they would appreciate it. Regarding
my previous request for a collection of biographies of Poor Clare Saints and Blesseds, Sr. Mary Francis Hone (JP) has graciously agreed to pursue this. Thank you so much, Sr. Mary Francis! All of us are grateful for your research and writing efforts and we know your work will be appreciated by all for a long time to come.
As I close this letter, please know that all of you are in my daily thoughts and prayers; may the Spirit fill you with his peace and joy now and throughout Lent.