This July 4th is special for Sr. Nahida!

Her road from Damascus to Philadelphia & citizenship  Sr. Nahida Al Sawa went to a federal building in Philadelphia on June 16 for her citizenship test, fully expecting to be called back at a later date for the oath ceremony. Instead, she had a delightful...

July 2: Weekly Vocation Reflection

Dear Friends, Greetings from the Sunny shores of Long Beach Island, N.J. I have celebrated the successful completion of our C.R.E.W. week by taking some vacation days at a friend’s house here on LBI. It is marvelous to be able to stop and just experience the beauty of...

Heart Thoughts…

…On the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis to All Consecrated People on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life By Sr. Barbara Jean Wojnicki “To embrace the future with hope should be the third aim of this Year. This hope is not based on statistics or...

Sr. Teresa Grabowski (1950-2015)

Oct. 7, 1950—May 12, 2015 The second of four children, Teresa Grabowski was born in East Chicago, IN. She attended St. Adalbert School, where she first met the CSFNs.  After graduation, she moved to Des Plaines, IL, as a CSFN aspirant, attending Holy Family Academy...

Sr. Margaret Mary Machowska: Oct. 12, 1924 – June 27, 2015

Sr. Margaret Mary of Jesus – Anna Machowska – 90, died June 27 at Jesus of Nazareth Convent (Mount Nazareth), Philadelphia, PA, in the 74th year of her religious life. The wake service for Sr. Margaret Mary will be held on at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, July 1...

June 24: Weekly Vocation Reflection

Dear Friends, Happy Feast of John the Baptist. For some of us ‘old time Catholics,’ this was the day the water was officially blessed and we could go swimming. Well, swim we did. Today our C.R.E.W. (Community Rocks Everyone’s World) group had the pleasure of going to...

There’s joy in her smile!

Sr. Dulcissima marks 80 years in community “I am full of joy!  I can’t stop smiling,” says Sr. Dulcissima Kolakowska, 99, following the celebration of her 80th jubilee. “It was so beautiful,” she says of the special Mass in the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent chapel...

MSNBC’s Lockup at jail where Sr. Michelle ministers

For 20 years, Sr. Michelle Bremer has served as a full-time chaplain at the Suffolk County Jail on Long Island, NY — where MSNBC has been taping summer episodes of its popular series, “Lockup.” In Episode 3 which first aired Saturday, June 13, Sr. Michelle is featured...

June 18: Weekly Vocation Reflection

Dear Friends, Well, it is that time of year when people are or have planted all different kinds of seeds (tomato, cucumber, zucchini).  I wonder how many people planted mustard seeds? Didn’t think about it until I heard this past week’s readings. Coincidentally I was...

Friends of Holy Family Manor reflect on pilgrimage to Poland

Three friends of The Community at Holy Family Manor, Pittsburgh — Joan Przywara, Jan Perine and Juci Mackin — recently made a pilgrimage to Poland with Sr. Antonina Gadacz. “We began our journey… traveling to Zdzary where Mother Foundress, Bl. Mary of Jesus the...