• Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Use of Blog

    Quite out of date but can be used - with caution.  More up-to-date at trad women's rel orders main page.

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Under Construction

    Changing my template - labels and community lists will work. Anything else you click may or may not work. Additional note: I think it might take me a while to get this straight, using a dynamic template. Many elements will no longer be necessary, and will be shown only on my main page. No, now I've decided to make this just like my main page, and do the "By State" aux. page in dynamic view. I think that would make better sense.

    Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

     Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph  
    A public association of the faithful.
    Location:  Ventura (California)
    Founded: @1998/ Active
    Their website is replete with pictures of their convent construction.  I would think it would be complete by now.

    Their spiritual life:

    … is to live the Family Life of the Blessed Trinity as reflected in the Holy Family.
    … is manifested through a united common life, in the Paschal Mystery as it is celebrated in each Eucharistic Liturgy.
     …is to live and share the Charism and Spiritual with others principally within the Parish community so to bring about the renewal of the person by helping each one become a Saint.

    Prayer, intercession, and meditation on the life of Jesus and Mary in the mysteries of the Rosary are the cornerstones of their devotional day.  It is "an intimate personal and liturgical prayer life" and a "desire to be totally committed and conformed to Christ."

    Right:  A Sister enjoys time with friends of the community

    They endeavor to bring to fruition Jesus’ prayer for unity at the Last Supper,  “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,so that they may be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that You sent Me." (John)  In local parishes, they instruct adults in RCIA and conduct baptismal and other instruction.
    The Sisters study at  the Vita Consecrata Institute.  Above:  Sisters from many communities gather for a class photo.
    Left:  Their logo - note the "JMJ"

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph (JMJ) are the model of love:

    "Behold the Handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to Your Word." Luke 1:38 (Mary)

     "He obeyed and took Mary as his wife."  Matthew 1:24 (Joseph)

    "Not my will but Yours be done." Mark 14:36 (Jesus)

     Spirituality: The Holy Family Devotions: Rosary (daily) - as they express it, an hour of adoration reflecting on the fifteen mysteries of the Mystical Rosary; Angelus; Chaplet of Divine Mercy; Divine Office; the Divine Praises; Soul of Christ; Mystical Mass Prayer; fasting and penance; Private prayer; and generally and always, spreading the Good News (the Gospel) 

    Apostolates: Catechesis; Evangelization; Parish ministries;  helping the needy

    Age of entrance: 18-33 -- who have a deep love for Jesus and His Church
    Belated vocations? Unknown
    # of professed sisters: Unknown

    Contact: The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
    PO Box 2957
    Ventura, CA 93002
    Email:  Handmaids of the Sacred Heart 

    Check this out: Prayers including the Mystical Mass Prayer and the Mystical Rosary, and others listed under "Devotions"

    Major revision 11/19/13
    Sorry if you received this in your reader/email without spacing! It surprised me.

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

    Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

    Founded 1869 in Wisconsin; Active

    Locations: Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin

    "Our   Franciscan heritage leads us to reflect frequently on God’s tremendous   love for us in the mysteries of our Catholic faith, especially in the   Incarnation, Eucharist and Passion."

    Greatly to be loved is His love, Who loved us so greatly

    This is about the most marvelous description of a community's devotional life I have ever had the pleasure to publish:

    "Franciscan  Sisters join with Christ in the Eucharist and in the  Liturgy of the  Hours (Morning and Evening Prayer) as He continues His  priestly work,  ceaselessly praising His Father and interceding with, in  and for the  Church. In addition to pondering the Scriptures daily in  an hour of  personal contemplative prayer, we read regularly other  authentic sources  of Christian spirituality, both meditative and  instructive. Through a  particular and general examination of  conscience, we seek daily to  purify our thoughts, words and deeds. We  fast and abstain on the vigils  of St. Francis and the Immaculate  Conception in addition to the days of  fast and abstinence generally  observed in the local Church.  Each Sister makes an annual retreat.  Each  local convent of Sisters arranges a monthly day of recollection."

    Most High, glorious God,
    enlighten the darkness of my heart
    and give me true faith,
    certain hope and perfect charity,
    sense and knowledge, Lord,
    that I may carry out
    Your holy and true command.

    St. Francis

     "As  a Community of Sisters we cherish a devotion to the Sacred Heart  of  Jesus, the Holy Family, Our Lady under the title of the her Immaculate  Conception and St. Francis. We pray novenas in common prior  to the  feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Christmas, the Immaculate Conception, St. Francis and Pentecost. We also observe the Church Unity Octave."

    Do you have any more questions?  Ha!  Sorry, my readers, but I usually don't get quite this succinct and thorough a description sent to me direct from the source.  If I were called to Religious life and were not so very ancient, I might have to visit them. 

    Well.  My.  Anyway, when they are not engaged in all that...

    "You may find us serving as parochial and secondary teachers…
    … as Instructors on the college level
    … as Parish Administrators
    … in Community Outreach
    … as Health Care Administrators
    … as Music Teachers
    … as a Medical Ethicist
    … as Spiritual Directors
    … in healthcare
    … Directors of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
    … in community ministry"

    Left:  I think this Sister likes teaching. 

    Spirituality:  Franciscan;  the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the Holy Family; Our Lady under the title of the her Immaculate Conception; and (of course) St. Francis

    Devotions:  Divine Office (morning and evening); Spiritual reading; Personal prayer, one hour a day; Examination of conscience daily; fasting and abstinence; Monthly day of recollection; Yearly retreat; Church Unity Octave; Novenas

    Apostolates: Healthcare, Education, work with the poor, pastoral services, and many others.

    Age of entrance: 18-30

    Belated vocations? Might be possible - contact them.
    # of professed sisters: 350 

    Contact Information:
    Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF
    Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
    2409 S. Alverno Road
    Manitowoc, WI 54220

    Vocation contact page

    "Come and See" -- women 18-30 (vocation retreats are in Wisconsin)

    Left:  Volleyball!  

    Check this out:

    Franciscanized World

    Blog  resources include collaboration with faith-filled musicians in a song  of the month that often includes a free download. This meaningful music  and all postings speak to St. Francis and St. Clare’s vision of seeing  the good and holy possibility in our world. Anticipating World Youth  Day, we are currently highlighting Brazilian artists. (2013)

    YouTube Channel:  Called to be Franciscan

    Recipes  -- I believe you read that right.

    The Dialogue of St. Francis and Lady Poverty

    Camp Franciscan -- young women 5th grade through college


    Sr. Mariella - the artist, as well as all over their website and the internet - songs and videos and, and -- everything.  The links above are just a peek.

    These are some media producing Sisters.  Here's just one Youtube video, part of a series on discernment.

    Revision complete 11/18/13

    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Apostles of Peace, A Marian Community

     Apostles of Peace, A Marian Community
     In formation in the Archdiocese of Boston (Massachusetts)

     Founded by Fr. Michael Sevigny circa 2004 (the "Year of the Eucharist")

    "Our efforts are to ignite a new fervor, a new enthusiasm, and a heightened awareness of the Holy Eucharist."  Their charism is one of Eucharistic Adoration and Peace, and they take a fourth vow of Peace.
    "The vow of Peace calls the religious to pray daily for peace in the  world, in cities, in families and most of all in the heart of humanity.   We live in a world that is daily threatened by horror of terrorism.   Seeking to be peace, we build an environment, a culture of peace.  The Rosary will be our weapon/prayer for obtaining the gift of peace." 

    "The Habit is worn at all times, indicating the choice that we make of    dedicating our lives to the Hearts of Jesus and  Mary. Wearing and  praying of the  Rosary is a reminder for each of the Apostles of Peace  to the call: “Duc in altum!” "Put out into the deep."  The  Rosary is at the service of this ideal; it offers the “secret”  which leads easily to a profound and inward knowledge of Christ. (Rosarium Virginia Mariae#24)"

    Sacred Silence:   "we maintain silence from the time we rise from sleep until after the  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Silence leads to peace and this is our  aim."  There are other aspects of Sacred Silence.  I have never seen them  detailed, although I have written these words with the vaguest comprehension in many posts.  Now -- I know something about it!


    6:00 AM Rising Bell
    6:45 - 7:15 AMExposition of the Blessed Sacrament;
    All communal prayer is done before the exposed Blessed Sacrament
    Angelus (or Regina Coeli)
    Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    Prayer by Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity
    Office of Readings
    Morning Prayer (Lauds)
     7:15  - 7:45 AMSpiritual Reading (Lectio Divina)

     8:00 AMHoly Mass / Thanksgiving
     8:45 - 9:15 AMMorning Collation
     9:30 - 11:55 AMWork Period
    Friday mornings (Community Session)
    12:00 NoonAngelus
    Midday Prayer (Sext)
    Prayer for the Intercession of Blessed John Paul II
    Holy Rosary
    Friday's are our desert day for prayer and reflection
    12:30 PMMain Meal
     1:30 - 3:30 PMWork Period
     3:45 PMDivine Mercy Chaplet (Before the Blessed Sacrament exposed)
     4:00  - 5:00 PMCommunal Holy Hour Adoration / Benediction, Evening Prayer (Vespers)
     5:15 - 5:50 PMEvening Collation, Angelus recited
    6:00-6:30 PMCommunity Recreation
    6:30-8:00 PMPersonal time
    8:00 PMNight Prayer
    9:30 PM Retire to room
    Grand Silence until after morning Mass the next day

    Left:  Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity

    Spirituality:  Mary, Queen of Peace; Bl. John Paul II; Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity; St. Faustina -- Marian and Eucharistic

    Devotions:  Marian devotions, Eucharistic Adoration (2 1/2 hours a day), one of these hours in community; Sacred Silence; Daily examination of conscience; Fasting twice a week on bread and water;  Liturgy of Hours, daily; Daily renewal of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Peace Chaplet; Intercessory prayer

    Apostolates:  Evangelization; Catechizing and returning to the basics of the faith

    Ages of Entrance:  Unknown.  New communities are usually rather flexible.

    Apostles of Peace
    1199-R Commercial St.
    E. Weymouth, MA

    Email:  Apostles of Peace 
    A general contact form.
    They hold "Come and See" opportunities during the year.  Write and ask them about upcoming dates.

    This and that:

    Fasting -- They use a special high protein bread to sustain them through their two fasts each week.  This link will lead you to "Live the Fast".  You'll find books, the breads already baked and ready to buy and other informative stuff.  I would have to say this community is doing this wisely, fasting rather frequently (twice a week) but providing their bodies with energy and protein at the same time by using special breads. 

    I should be getting some questions answered and improve this post a little - or a lot.  The community member I need to speak with is gone for the week.  Hopefully, another picture or two.  With emerging communities, I often use Saint's images -- which I like as well as anything!

    Could you fast two times a week?  Just wondering.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Upcoming retreats: Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church

    Image:  Their new novices, 2013

    The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, have scheduled their "Come and See" encounters, and I wanted to give you an early notice, so those of you thinking about this community can make plans.

    January 3-5, 2014
    May 23-25, 2014

    Unmarried women 17-35 are invited. 

    6910 S Ben Burr Road
    Spokane, WA 99223

    Registration Form

    For additional details:  Come and See

    Sr. Mary Joanna, SMMC
    Vocation Email


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