Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Strength of a Vocation

Pope Francis' new book, The Strength of a Vocation: Consecrated Life Today is now available in English! According to this report from Vatican News, among the themes in this book-length interview, "Pope Francis tackles above all the theme of vocation and the missions of consecrated persons, taking into account the difficulties the Church is facing in this day and age." 

Monday, December 3, 2018

December Issue of Stop Traffickig

The December 2018 issue of the Stop Trafficking newsletter is available here.  This month's issue focuses on the vulnerability of those forced to migrate.

Sunday, December 2, 2018


Today, we remember in a special way the four women -- often called "the four churchwomen" -- who were murdered in El Salvador on December 2, 1980:  Sister Maura Clarke, Sister Ita Ford, Sister Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan.  Last year, Global Sisters Report ran this story on these four women. It's worth taking a few minutes to read this in their memory and in honor of those who continue to serve God's people in El Salvador.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Daily Reflections for the Season of Advent

Click here to access Daily Reflections for the Season of Advent 2018, published by the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality.  This booklet includes a reflection written by our very own Sister Mary Irene Sorber, SCC (see December 8). 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Advent Calendar: Rejoice and Be Glad!

The Office of Peace and Justice of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth invite us to journey with Pope Francis this Advent by focusing on the Holy Father's apostolic exhortation, Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today's World.  Click here to access the Peace and Justice page on the Sisters' website.  Click on "Advent Calendar" on the right to access a pdf of the entire calendar, which contains practical suggestions for living holy lives this Advent. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

For Your December Calendar

Here are some dates you may want to remember in December:

December 1:  World AIDS Day
December 2:  Remembrance of the martyrdom of four churchwomen in El Salvador, 1980;
Advent begins
December 3:  International Day of Persons with Disabilities; Hanukkah begins
December 6:  Feast of St. Nicholas
December 8:  Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 9:  Feast of St. Juan Diego
December 10:  Human Rights Day
December 12:  Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 16:  Christmas Novena begins;  Las Posadas begins; Simbang Gabi begins
December 17:  Birthday of Pope Francis
December 18:  International Migrants Day
December 25:  Christmas Day
December 26: Kwanzaa begins

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Whatever God does with me is well done.  In every dispensation of Providence, whether it bring joy or sorrow, I will exclaim, 'Thanks be to God'" (Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, 1845).

Pauline von Mallinckrodt (1817-1881) founded the Sisters of Christian Charity in Paderborn, Germany in 1849.

Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt