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From the Administration and Staff at the Franciscan Sisters Community Center in Haverstraw, New York
Franciscan Sisters of Peace Chapter of Elections was held on March 11, 2015 in Sparkill, NY.
New Leadership Team pictured from left: Sisters Ellen Byrnes - Councilor, Patricia McDermott - Councilor, Helen Wacker - Congregation Minister, Dorothy DeYoung - Assistant Congregation Minister and Cecelia Hall - Councilor.
From the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women Blog:
Having made it through a winter which brought them inconsistent classes, our quilters are back in full force! Here are some photos from yesterday's class in which they continued to work on their "real" quilts and completed their Easter projects. There are twelve ladies who come every Tuesday for quilting class with Sister Pat Reynolds, a Sister of Charity of Convent Station. Each lady is learning quilting and then has her own finished project to take home. Sewing machines are at the center for their use and the materials for each project are usually prepared and given to the ladies.
Some of the Franciscan Sisters of Peace reflect on the Chapter of Mats:
Mary Landon, FSP
“Sr. Kathleen Moffatt's reflection on the Bardi Dossal of St. Francis was so enriching! What a tremendous gift and heritage we have from our Franciscan Tradition. We need to get Francis' message especially about peace to the world.”
Our collaborative and unanimous voting to move in the direction of a process for the continuance and/or possible demise of our Congregation by use of Covenanting or other process is very positive and hope filled to leave a legacy of FSP Peacemaking Charism.
Maggie Glynn, FSP
“Community can mean many things. Our weekend was a reminder that we are not alive for ourselves but for each other.”
Clare Kelleher, FSP
“Our Chapter of Mats very vividly spoke to me the words: “Behold I am doing something new – can you not perceive it?” There are profound and enormous decisions before us regarding our future. It is not easy to change, and yet, what I am seeing is the encouragement lovingly given and the support received, that make change possible. There is no doubt, each Sister left Sparkill, perhaps tired, but refreshed and peaceful.”
Maureen O’Leary, FSP
“I appreciated the invite to be present for the Franciscan Presentation on Saturday morning.”
Kathryn King, FSP
“Gathering together at our annual Chapter of Mats, both sisters and associates is always a time of renewal of both heart and mind. Having the gifted reflection of Sr. Kathleen Moffatt on our Franciscan origins through the Bardi Dossal, challenged us to live this legacy in our time. Michelle Guelbart, Private Sector Project Coordinator, ECPAT-USA, followed with a presentation that illumined the issue of trafficking of women and children that accompanies major sports events. We were inspired to continue our response to trafficking as an urgent living out of the legacy of St. Francis in our time. We are committed to finding ways to educate the local businesses and industries about the probable presence of trafficked women and children during the upcoming Super Bowl, 2014.”
Helen Shebelak, FSP
“Chapter was challenging and rewarding. Facilitator and Leadership were great. I am very grateful for my Franciscan vocation.”
Pat Glynn, FSP
“Contemplative prayer, thought provoking vision, awe
inspiring sense of hope, and a creative energy makes possible that
quantum leap of faith - welcoming our future together.”
“The Chapter of Mats was a true experience of Franciscan Joy,
reinvigorating us to go forth and live our mission. It is truly a blessing
to be together in the Lord.”
Joan Caldano, FSP
“No matter the complexities of the issues which we face as an aging congregation I come away from our Chapter of Mats with a renewed spirit and a deeper sense of "sisterhood". No matter the destination we are truly companions on the journey!”