Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sunday's Canonizations

On Sunday, October 14, six "Blesseds" will be canonized in Rome:

Archbishop Oscar Romero,

Pope Paul VI,

Maria Katharine Kasper, founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ,

Nazaria Ignazia de Santa Teresa de Jesus, founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church

Francesco Spinelli, diocesan priest and founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament

Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest. 

So much information is available about these soon-to-be canonized saints.  Follow the links above to learn more about them.  Also, remember that we have previously recommended the "People of God" series from Liturgical Press, which includes biographies on Pope Paul VI, Oscar Romero and Rutilio Grande (who figures prominently in Romero's story). 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Issue of Stop Trafficking

The October issue of the Stop Trafficking newsletter -- highlighting how financial institutions, hospitals, hotels/motels and housing needs both foster and prevent human trafficking -- is available here

Monday, October 1, 2018

Praying for the Synod

Let us remember to pray for the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment from October 3-28.  Click here to visit the web page for the Synod.  Here is a prayer for young people and the Synod.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

Click here for this week's prayer from the USCCB for the Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Reminder: 40 Days for Life

Just a friendly reminder that "40 Days for Life" begins September 26.  More information, including the sites local vigils across the country,  is available here

Friday, September 21, 2018

ACS Prays for Peace

Thanks to Sister Joseph Spring for sharing the following:

Students of Assumption College for Sisters Celebrate the International Day of Peace

On September 21,  international resident students of Assumption College for Sisters (ACS), Denville, gathered in the convent chapel to participate in a special prayer commemorating the International Day of Peace.  The altar was surrounded by flags representing the countries of origin of the resident students.

After an explanation of the day was given by Sister Joseph Spring, President, students alternated in reading quotes of peace from many people around the world and throughout history. At the conclusion of the prayer, ACS faculty member, Jean Wedemeier, explained and distributed mission rosaries that she herself made, reminding the students and those assembled, that only through prayer will world peace be achieved.

The International Day of Peace was created in 1981 when the United Nations resolved to observe September 21 each year for the purpose of fostering peace throughout the world through focusing on common goals, alleviating tensions and recognizing causes of conflict. The previous UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has used the International Day of Peace to call for a nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. UN member states have also been urged to commemorate the International Day of Peace with a global ceasefire in any sort of warfare that they are engaged in.  By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of humankind to work in cooperation for this goal.

To inaugurate the day, the "Peace Bell" is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents. It was given as a gift by the Diet of Japan, and is referred to as "a reminder of the human cost of war." The inscription on its side reads: "Long live absolute world peace."

Pictured here from left to right are the international resident students who have come to Assumption College for Sisters for the first time this year:  Sister Maria Hoa Thi An Bui, SPP (Vietnam); Sister Maria Atai Agnes Ongodia, IHMR (Uganda);  Sister Yosari Magdalena Menjivar Diaz, OMO (el Salvador); Sister Donatha Gerard, FSSB (Tanzania); Sister Maria Jesca Lucy Alitubeera, IHMR (Uganda); Sister Maria Yen Thi Hai Cao, SPP (Vietnam).

Assumption College for Sisters is a two-year Sister Formation College, the only one of its kind in the United States.  For more information, visit

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

Click here for this week's prayer from the USCCB for the Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life.