On Sunday, August 20th, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA the Wilmette Interfaith Religious Leaders invited the residents and religious in the Wilmette area to participate in a vigil and service. S. Janice, S. Mary Ann, S. Anastasia and S. Maria Martin (S. Juliana was on vacation in Minnesota) picked up S. Mary Clement Eiden at Sacred Heart Convent at 3:45 p.m. Soon the Sisters arrived at the Village Green – the lawn in front of Wilmette Village Hall. There were about 200 people present to listen to the assembled religious leaders of the various denominations in and around Wilmette. We joined in the singing of several very familiar songs before and after the prayers and comments by the leaders. Catherine Inserra, Director of Faith Formation at Trinity Methodist Church in Wilmette, is a former Catholic who is now serving in the Methodist Church. During the interfaith gathering, Catherine publicly acknowledged the presence of the Sisters of Christian Charity. She also commended the SCC for our efforts to promote peace, justice and care for the earth as evidenced by our annual Peace Pole Prayer service. Afterward we were invited to greet and speak with those nearby. It was a reassuring experience to witness those with different faiths, nationalities and cultures meeting each other as persons rather than as “other”.
On October 13th S. Mary Ann and two Sisters from Sacred Heart Convent (S. Alice Mary Ortmann and S. Phyllis Zierden) participated in the “Public Square Rosary ”. 2017 marks the “Fatima Centennial”. The Crusade flyer was distributed by “Tradition, Family and Property” and its “America Needs Fatima” campaign. More than 40 people gathered at the corner of Lake Avenue and Ridge Road. A large banner informed passers-by of the reason for the assembly.
On Sunday Oct. 1, the Sisters of Christian Charity, the Sister Servants of Mary and the Mount Carmel Sisters joined St. Dominic Parish in Lakeview, LA for their Family Day. The Sisters also accepted the Vocation Chalice to bring into their home to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life for a week.
At 7:45 a.m. on August 24th, the four jubilarians from Sacred Heart Convent arrived at the Center. S. Caroline Schafer, S. Henrica Buchert and S. Consuela Chase arrived by car; S. Anastasia picked up S. Carolyn Eultgen at SHC with the handicap-accessible van. Soon Fr. Paul Faulstich, SJ arrived. Then the man from Scandia Catering arrived with the quiches for breakfast. Mass began at 8:00 a.m. We used the Mass of Blessed Pauline for the prayers and readings. The jubilarians had suggested the songs and had each prepared one of the intentions. The five jubilarians (S. Mary Ann Warwick also is a jubilarian this year) sat in the front chairs. The other four Sisters sat in the second row. After Mass the jubilarians gathered in front of the statue of Mary for photographs.
Fr. Paul joined the group for a few photos. Then Father and the jubilarians sat down at their places in the conference room. We Sisters from the Center served the meal: coffee, juices, three types of quiche, sausage, coffee cake (made by S. Maria Martin) and toast. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. It was nearly 10:00 a.m. when the Sisters began their return trip to Sacred Heart Convent.
Here are some photos from various festivities in the Western Region: Jubilee of the Sisters, covenant of the associates, comissioning of the Sisters, Peace Pole Prayer.
Festivities of the Western Region
The installtion of the new leadership team on September 8, 2016
Sr. Janice, Regional Superior; Sr. Juliana,Councilo; Sr. Anastasia,Councilor; Sr. Mary Ann, Secretary; Sr, Joanne, Canonical Treasuerer
Sr. Joanne, Sr. Mary Ann, Sr. Dolores, Sr. Maria del Rosario, Sr. Pauline and Sr. Mary Ann took part in the Meeting of NACAR (North American Conference of Associates and Religious), celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Associate-Religious Movment.