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My blog describes my life as a Sister of St. Francis, talks about some of my interests, and shares views on justice issues.
Christmas Blessings!
2019-12-24 17:17
Just a few words to wish all of you a holy and blessed Christmas and a peace-filled New Year.Keeping ChristmasChristmas came…birthing light and life,sheltering that lifein the silent… Read More
Meet Sister Eileen Valerie Kulacz!
2019-04-08 19:00
  Sr. Eileen Valerie Kulacz, OSFMany of our sisters trace their introduction to the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia to their educational history and Sr. Eileen Valerie Kulac… Read More
2019-03-01 16:55
 Sr. Karen Pourby’s journey to becoming a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia followed a somewhat circuitous route. She grew up in Binghamton, New York, where she attended publi… Read More
Meet Sr. Margaret O'Brien
2019-01-28 20:11
It's been a while since I introduced you to one of our sisters--one on one! This time I'd like you to meet Sr. Margaret O'Brien.Sr. Margaret O'Brien, OSFDuring her “growing up years&rd&hell…Read More
A World Where All Are Welcomed
2018-05-25 18:29
I remember very clearly the day I learned what prejudice was. I may not have learned the word but the concept became clear in a way that left me confused and shaken and unable to grasp the… Read More
Sr. Jean Clare Rohe Turns 100!
2018-03-12 15:05
On Saturday I had the great privilege of attending a dual celebration for Sr. Jean Clare Rohe--her 80th jubilee and her 100th birthday. The following article was written by our communication… Read More
Meet Sr. Mary Ann McCarthy!
2018-02-27 19:58
As always, I love sharing stories about our sisters with my blogger friends. Today let me introduce Sr. Mary Ann McCarthy.Sr. Mary Ann McCarthy’s first encounter with the Sisters of St… Read More
2018-02-16 14:57
I know it's a bit late but I thought my blogger friends would enjoy the article I did about the super bowl for our internal publication that goes to all of our sisters. Eagle Fever Hits… Read More
2018-01-30 15:09
I'm always proud and happy to share the stories of our sisters. I hope you enjoy this article on our Sr. Geralda Meskill! Sr. Geralda Meskill’s acquaintance with the Sisters of St… Read More
Assisi House Christmas Party 2017
2017-12-12 15:44
Sunday afternoon I went over to our retirement residence to be part of their annual Christmas party. Ostensibly my reason for going was to take photos to be used for our various publication… Read More
2017-06-06 13:25
 Spokane's People's Climate RallyThe ad inviting people to the Spokane People’s Climate Rally read “Learn about local problems and solutions at a community rally for jobs, j… Read More
2017-06-05 13:09
Our Sr. Jean Ustasiewski wrote the following article for the most recent issue of our newsletter. I thought my blog readers would also enjoy it! Where can 210 people package over 26,500… Read More
2017-06-01 12:14
Something new is in the air at Assisi House! Our retired sisters are engaged in a series of bowling tournaments between residents of St. Francis Hall and Marian Hall--via Wii Games… Read More
What's Happening At Assisi House?
2017-05-25 18:00
What’s Happening on the Hill The following article was written by Mary Stover who works with our  sisters at Assisi House, our retirement residence in Aston, Pennsylvania. Hope yo… Read More
ABCs Of Gratitude, Part 5
2017-05-02 19:47
Well, here we are--the final part of my series on gratitude! Let's examine my final six items.UnderstandingI'm grateful for the people in my life who are understanding and who seem to know w… Read More
ABCs Of Gratitude Part 4
2017-05-01 15:35
Happy May! I hope you all had a good weekend!! Here we are--down to Part 4 of the ABCs of Gratitude! What can I say about P,Q,R,S,T?PoetryPoetry has had an off again/on again role in my life… Read More
2017-04-28 18:19
 OK...let's look at K, L, M, N, O!KindnessWe tend to talk a lot about charity and love. While they are, indeed, very powerful gifts or virtues, there is a "bigness" or largeness about t… Read More
2017-04-27 13:14
Hope you all enjoyed Part 1. Let's continue with Part 2 of the things for which I am grateful! Part 3 will be coming soon!FamilyI will be eternally grateful for my family and the values with… Read More
ABCs Of Gratitude: Part I
2017-04-25 14:57
I've been rather lax with my blog during this past year or so and I'm trying to get it back on track. One thing I missed out on was the 2017 A-Z Challenge which ends this week.… Read More
Helping Others To Find A Place At The Table
2017-04-20 15:24
A few days ago I was browsing YouTube looking for a song to use for a reflection. I found one that I'd never heard before and was drawn immediately to everything about it. The lyrics embody… Read More
Congratulations To Sr. Ida Marie Nicklas!
2017-04-11 17:11
 If you’re on Facebook, you might want to check out the page for Hallahan High School in Philadelphia. Sr. Ida Marie Nicklas made the news on several occasions this past month. On… Read More
2017-04-06 15:04
In recent years the sisters at Our Lady of Angels Convent have hosted an annual tea party for our employees—and this year was no exception. When employees arrived at the ABC Room, they… Read More
And For What Do We Need To Pray?
2017-04-04 15:48
I've always loved this hymn and although it would probably be considered "old" by today's standards, I think it has a definite message for today's world. As I sit here and listen to the word… Read More
In The Care Of God The Shepherd
2017-03-03 16:39
I have to admit that I know little or nothing about shepherds--other than they take care of sheep! And I know even less about sheep except the fact that in both song and story they seem to c… Read More
Christmas Greetings!
2016-12-22 14:22
Special Christmas blessings to all of my blogging, facebook, and twitter friends!   Finding Christmas Searching for loveIn lives that hate,Searching for peaceIn a world at wa… Read More
Sisters Of St. Francis Mannequin Challenge
2016-12-09 20:58
Here it is--just what you've been waiting for...the Sisters of St. Francis wishing you a Blessed Christmas--via the Mannequin Challenge!! Thanks to all who helped with this--our sisters, sta… Read More
Meet Sr. John Celeste Weitzel !
2016-12-01 15:32
When we reflect on our vocation stories, we usually recall one or more individuals who served as a deciding factor in our choice of which congregation we would ultimately enter. For Sr. John… Read More
Chester: A City Riddled With Crime
2016-11-17 20:22
Think about this! You have a young child or perhaps two young children who go to school every weekday and in nice weather, they like to play outside.  But say you live in an area where… Read More
Updates From Nyumbani Village!
2016-11-15 16:40
I get a lengthy email from Sr. Julie Mulvihill pretty much on a weekly basis. She has worked for a number of years at Nyumbani Children's Home in Kenya--a home for aids-affected children. I… Read More
2016-11-08 20:39
A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Anthony (not his real name) was never able to overcome the PTSD he suffered during his service in Iraq. Following his initial treatment, he returned to h… Read More
2016-09-27 15:24
Well, here we are beginning our second year of our volunteer program, Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain! This year's volunteers, Rachel Dunlap and Mandee DeMarco, arrived in August. Ma… Read More
Who Are You, O Lord, And Who Am I?
2016-09-23 14:27
Who am You, O Lord, and who am I? That question seemed to both dominate and guide St. Francis during his lifetime. And strangely enough--at least to me--the more he became aware of the vast… Read More
Our Sisters' Gifts--Used For Others!
2016-05-19 18:24
 I always love sharing stories about the work that our sisters do for others. They are such gifted women--and with each of them these gifts are always used to benefit other in one way o… Read More
2016-04-18 13:32
Once again it's my pleasure to introduce you to one of our sisters--up close and personal!!Many of our sisters had early connections with the congregation—connections that reach back t… Read More
2016-03-11 13:56
Another update from Sr. Vicky DellaValle in Haiti along with some great photos!This week we have a group of 10 visitors in our guest house. They are here to distribute water filters to the p… Read More
2016-02-23 20:44
Some of my favorite blog posts are ones in which I introduce you to my sisters and tell you a bit about their ministries. While it's not always easy for them to be interviewed (they're not a… Read More
2016-02-19 14:18
One of my favorite scripture quotes is from Micah: "This is what Yahweh asks of you, only this--to live justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God." It's been about 40&n&hell…Read More
2016-02-11 16:36
Enjoy this update from Sr. Vicky about her ministry in Haiti. She always provides some interesting bits of news from her experiences and about the lives of the people with whom she works.&nb&hell…Read More
2016-01-25 18:53
Once again I'd like to introduce you to one of our sisters--Sr. Jean Ustasiewski! Every time I write about one of our sisters--it seems that I'm telling you how busy she is. That is pretty m… Read More
2016-01-05 14:54
Sr. Julie continues to keep us updated about her ministry at Nyumbani Children's Home in Kenya. Nyumbani provides a safe and loving home for children affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. &nb&hell…Read More
2015-11-23 19:57
I always enjoy introducing our sisters to my blogger friends. Today I'm honored to introduce you to Sr. Justina Miller, OSF!Sr. Justina Miller first met the Sisters of St. Francis when she e… Read More
2015-11-19 20:55
In October we celebrated a major anniversary for the congregation—the 125 years of service rendered by our sisters in the Diocese of Spokane. To commemorate the event, approximately 25… Read More
2015-10-21 15:33
Enjoy the latest updates from our Sr. Julie Mulvihill. She is so faithful keeping us updated on her work at the Nyumbani Children's Home in Kenya. I get a weekly email from her with all… Read More
2015-10-15 14:56
I know it's not the Christmas season yet BUT our holiday craft fair is quickly approaching--and this year's promises to be bigger and better than ever! If you're going to be anywhere near th… Read More
2015-09-14 17:47
Our afternoon of prayer on Sunday, September 13, was a great success. Friends, relatives, neighbors, and, of course, our sisters joined in prayer at Our Lady of Angels Convent. The afternoon… Read More
2015-08-25 18:47
.Enjoy some of the most recent updates from Sr. Julie Mulvihill about her ministry at Nyumbani Children's Home in Kenya. To learn more about all of the Nyumbani programs---Leo Toto, Nyumbani… Read More
2015-08-12 14:46
On August 8 sisters from east and west, companions, and former members gathered at the Neumann University Life Center in Aston for our 2015 Gathering Day.   After a continenta… Read More
2015-08-10 13:42
Each year our sisters make a week long retreat—the place and the type of retreat varying according to the sister’s need, preference, or schedule. Some years it may be a group ret… Read More
2015-07-28 14:19
Our annual jubilee celebration was held the weekend from June 12-14 for sisters who were celebrating 50, 70, and 75 years of religious profession. In addition to time to relax, recall memori… Read More
2015-06-30 15:42
Each year I usually write an article about the Franciscan Federation conference, using as my guide the schedule posted on the federation's website. This year, however, I had the privilege of… Read More
2015-06-08 19:22
Sr. Thomasann Quinn has worked at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, for many years. Recently the school community surprised her with a special assembly acknowledging… Read More
2015-06-03 18:41
I always enjoy introducing you to our sisters so that you can get some idea of the great work that each sister does now and what she has done over her years in the congregation as well as a… Read More
2015-05-29 15:00
One of the sisters I use to work with here at the motherhouse always talked about synchronicity--a word that was until then unknown to me. However, over the intervening years I've really com… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
I never heard this hymn by Ricky Manalo, CSP, before but I really like it--primarily because it gives voice to the belief that Lent is so much more than a time of penance, darkness, and gloo… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
These are the most recent updates from Sr. Vicky Della Valle in Haiti. Hope you enjoy them!February 11, 2014This morning I had another “lesson” in Kreyol.  I went up to the… Read More

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