Winter, 2006

Dearest Friends,

May the Lord give you His peace!

Years ago, I was having a sincere conversation with my spiritual director. He was Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ, who had suffered 23 years of persecution for the faith under the KGB in Russia. We both knew that he did not have long to live, and I candidly asked him, “So, Father, what would you like to have written on your gravestone?” He quickly responded, with a twinkle in his eye and a most radiant face reflecting “Love” itself: “Just write, ‘I am so glad that God is!’”

This dear, holy priest, now “up for” canonization, truly “got the message” during his priestly life—a life well-lived for God and for His people. He knew what and Who life was all about. “For God so loved the world...” It’s about the Son of God, Who came to earth with the sole purpose of giving His life for us that we may live with Him for all eternity.

We religious are witnesses to the meaning and the hope that God is indeed with us!

Pray for us, that our life and ministry may always reflect our joy in this Christmas gift of God! May we be radiant witnesses of the simple yet awesome truth that our loving God IS!!

With faithful, grateful prayers for you this Holy Season,

Sr. Lucille
and all the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

(above) The radiance of these three new brides shines out to the world. “Jesus is my All in All!” (l-r) Sr. Elizabeth, Sr. Catherine, and Sr. Mairead made their first profession of vows on September 17, the Feast of the Stigmata of Saint Francis.  
We are so grateful for the love of our families, which has nurtured and sustains our vocations.
Sr. Jacinta is pictured here with her mother.
(left) Serving the children of our neighborhood is a great joy for us. We are currently “shepherding” two youth groups: “Young Disciples” and “Living Rosary,” and we also assist with an after-school program. Sr. Catherine is shown here with one of our youngsters. Who says that sisters don’t have kids! (above) Praying together, living together, working together—community life is about serving one another and helping one another on this pilgrimage toward Heaven. Thanks be to God for Sisters!

(left) Sr. Lucille and Sr. Francis got a taste of missionary life during a recent visit with our brothers in Honduras. Who knows what the next horizon will be for the Sisters?(above) This picture gives a glimpse into a most beautiful event in the life of a new sister: the reception of the Holy Habit, the cutting of her hair, and receiving a new name. Our seven new novices were invested with joyful solemnity on August 2.