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Oct. 23: Weekly Vocation Reflection

Dear Friends, Does it happen to you that when you hear a song in the morning, it stays with you all day? No matter what you do, you keep singing or humming it. Well, I couldn’t get the words “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” out of my head. … Continue Reading

Sr. Amata: July 2, 1922-Oct. 21, 2014

Sr. Amata of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Agnes Sweeney – 92, died Oct. 21 at Jesus, Mary, Joseph Convent (Nazarethville), Des Plaines, IL,  in the 75th year of her religious life. The wake for Sr. Amata will be held at 5:00 PM on Thursday, Oct.… Continue Reading

Making it real for parish teens

Nineteen youths from St. James Parish in suburban Chicago braved the coldest night of fall 2014 last Saturday, camping out in cardboard boxes and sleeping bags in the parish courtyard. Sr. Faustina Ferko, the director of youth ministry at St. James, said participants collected coats and money for the homeless at all the weekend masses. … Continue Reading

Sr. Cordia Wilczewska 

Entered Feb. 9, 1989 Warsaw, Poland Katarzyna Wilczewska, a native of Szczecin, Poland, transferred to the U.S. in 2009. She is a recent master’s graduate in counseling psychology from Holy Family University, Philadelphia. Sr. Cordia recently was interviewed by Sr. Celine Warnilo for one of the ministry profiles that we publish in the Province’s internal newsletter, with abridged versions running in Nazareth Connections. … Continue Reading

Sr. Angela Szczawinska

Entered Feb. 5, 1989 Warsaw, Poland Lidia Maria Szczawinska joined the CSFN community in Warsaw, Poland, out of high school “after extensive struggles.”  She wanted a family, “but in my heart I knew [this] was what God wanted me to do and it was the only way to be happy in my life. … Continue Reading

Sr. Michele Vincent Fisher

Entered  June 7, 1989 Philadelphia, PA Sr. Michele Vincent Fisher first encountered a single CSFN in high school.  Sr. Angela Cresswell was Sr. Michele’s Spanish teacher at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, PA — “and the only CSFN in our school. … Continue Reading

Sr. Maureen McGarrity

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Philadelphia, PA A Philadelphia native, Sr. Maureen McGarrity is the new president of Holy Family University, where she has spent much of her academic career after teaching stings at St. Katherine of Siena Parish School and Nazareth Academy High School.… Continue Reading

Sr. Marcella Binkowski

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Philadelphia, PA Lorraine Ann Binkowski joined the CSFNs while a student at Nazareth Academy, Philadelphia.  She had first encountered them in her parish school, St. John Cantius, also in Philadelphia. Sr. Marcella has taught in elementary schools and at Holy Family College, now University. … Continue Reading

Sr. Catherine Marie Kawa

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Des Plaines, IL Though a Chicago native, Sr. Catherine Marie Kawa spent most of her ministerial life in Texas, serving as a principal, teacher, librarian and archivist at various schools and at the former Southwest Provincialate.  She also worked in a hospital records department and served on the provincial leadership team for the former Southwest Province.… Continue Reading

Sr. Bernice Stobierski

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Philadelphia, PA A native New Englander who spent much of her ministerial life in the Northeast, Sr. Bernice Stobierski now finds herself in Grand Prairie, TX, where she is the director of the new Nazareth Retreat Center.… Continue Reading