2/2/23 – Global Sisters Report – Neumann University needed housing. A local convent had space. Now, nuns and students share a ‘dorm’
Numann University sophomore Katela Villasenor proudly displayed the recently snapped photos on her dorm room wall of herself and a dorm mate donning white bunny ears and striking funny poses.
“She was showing me some of her dance moves,” said Villasenor, 19, a nursing major from Reading.
Her 77-year-old dorm mate, however, wasn’t quite so eager to show off the photos.
“I have to appear in public after this,” Sister Esther Anderson said.
Actually, Anderson said she didn’t really mind. That’s life at the Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston, Delaware County, since 40 college students moved in earlier this year, joining the 40 Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia who already lived there. The Catholic university purchased the adjacent 63-acre property and convent of its founding order last year to add much-needed student living space, but the school wasn’t about to boot the sisters who still lived there. And they didn’t want to leave. READ
1/12/23 – 6ABC – College students and Catholic sisters live side-by-side at Neumann University
ASTON, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “Our Franciscan value is relationships,” said Sister Esther Anderson. “That’s the core value.”
Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia have always had some kind of relationship with the students at Neumann University, a school which they founded in 1965. But at the start of this current school year, it got a bit more personal.
“We were approached by Neumann about the need for further student housing,” said Sister Anderson. “And we had vacated one of the wings of our building during the pandemic.”
Neumann purchased the convent and converted a section of Glen Riddle Hall into dormitories for about 40 students. Across the hall, a similar number of sisters reside in their own rooms. READ
12/26/22 – Union Catholic High School – Dream Comes True for UC’s Casey Arias with Full Scholarship to Yale
Casey Arias called it the best day of her life. It was December 1, a day the senior at Union Catholic will never forget. That’s when Arias received the fantastic news that she had been selected to receive a very prestigious and rare QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship to Yale University, the school of her dreams.
Sister Donna Jo Repetti, the school counselor for Arias at Union Catholic, said Arias has worked very hard to achieve this scholarship and is very deserving.
“The adjectives that immediately come to mind when I describe Casey are leadership, creativity, perseverance, initiative, enthusiastic, resourceful, integrity, compassionate, responsible, independent, thinker, optimistic, curious, determined, self-confident, and loyal to name a few,’’ said Sister Donna Jo. READ
12/17/22 – The Philadelphia Inquirer -Neumann University needed housing. A local convent had space. Now, nuns and students share a ‘dorm.’
The Catholic university purchased the adjacent convent of its founding order last year to add student living space, but the school wasn’t about to boot the sisters and they didn’t want to leave.’
Neumann University sophomore Katela Villasenor proudly displayed the recently snapped photos on her dorm room wall of herself and a dorm mate donning white bunny ears and striking funny poses.
“She was showing me some of her dance moves,” said Villasenor, 19, a nursing major from Reading.
Her 77-year-old dorm mate, however, wasn’t quite so eager to show off the photos. READ
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12/13/22 – The Trentonian – Final mass at St. Francis Medical Center delivers eulogy for the Trenton hospital
While Bishop David O’Connell delivered a final Mass inside the chapel of St. Francis Medical Center, Dr. James Romano offered a eulogy.
In a sendoff just ahead of St. Francis Medical Center ending most medical procedures to become part of Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Romano remembered the hospital’s “storied history” during a celebration of its “legacy” as a compassionate care center.
Romano started at the beginning when St. Francis Medical Center was founded in 1874 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as Trenton’s first hospital. READ
12/9/22 – Washington Post – At this Pa. college, 40 students live in a convent with 40 nuns
When a group of nuns surprised their housemates with chocolate-chip almond cookies in October, Zayyan Snell couldn’t contain his awe on his first bite.
“These jawns are incredible,” Snell said, using Philadelphia slang.
The nuns believed the cookies were putting Snell to sleep — like a “yawn” — until the 23-year-old graduate student explained the term can substitute for any person, place or thing. The nuns soon added “jawn” to their vocabulary, even if they usually use the word incorrectly. READ
11/29/22 –Fox29 News -‘How is this going to work?’: Delaware County college students share housing with nuns
Student housing conjures up visions of cramped dorms and difficult roommates, but that is not the case for one local university, where students are living with nuns. Philadelphia news, weather, traffic and sports from FOX 29, serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Watch breaking news live or see the latest videos from programs like Good Day Philadelphia. Watch here
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11/21/22 –WGN News – College Co-Eds Living with Nuns
Chicago – Who Wants to Live With Catholic Nuns? College Co-Eds At Pennsylvania`s Neumann University, undergraduates share a convent with sisters.
“Young blood, it’s wonderful!” Sister Bernadette Brazil gushed recently when asked how she felt about the newcomers. Watch the news segment
11/9/22 – The Wall Street Journal – A New Sister Act: College Students Move Into a Convent
ASTON, Pa.—A group of students at Neumann University here spent an evening last month painting pumpkins, making s’mores and dancing to a DJ’s playlist. Their neighbors—a bunch of sisters, and not the sorority kind—joined in the fun.
Call it a match made in heaven: Neumann wanted to increase campus housing for students. The Catholic Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia had extra space in their convent. In August, 40 undergraduate men and women moved into the Our Lady of Angels Motherhouse Convent, at the edge of this small campus just outside the city. Forty sisters also reside in the building.
“Young blood, it’s wonderful!” Sister Bernadette Brazil gushed recently when asked how she felt about the newcomers. READ
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11/7/22 – Reinvestment Fund.com – A Mission to Serve Through Partnerships
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, one of Reinvestment Fund’s longest-standing investors, accepted the recent retirement of Sr. Nora Nash from her role as the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility but her social justice and advocacy work isn’t slowing down.
As the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sister Nora managed the assets of her congregation. The role started as an idea, using their retirement fund to have an impact and gain a seat at the table with some of the most powerful corporations in the world. The Sisters realized that through organized, targeted impact investing and shareholder advocacy they could achieve both financial and social returns. After taking over from her predecessor, Sister Marie Lucy, Sister Nora oversaw the congregation’s investments, community development loans, and social justice grant programs for over two decades. READ
11/4/22 – The Catholic Labor Network – Religious Orders Use their Assets to Promote Worker Justice
Catholic religious orders are known for their works of mercy, often running hospitals, nursing homes and schools. But in the course of their activity, many of these orders accumulated substantial assets, including stock holdings in major US corporations. That gives them power, and, increasingly, they are using this power to advance worker justice.
. . . The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a community of more than 300 in Southeast Pennsylvania, have been on the front lines of this work. READ
11/3/22 – 6ABC News – Prayers for the Phillies: Sisters of Saint Francis root for a World Series win
ASTON, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “Grant that we may not so much seek to win one game, as to take the series,” said Sister Kate O’Donnell, OSF, during a special prayer for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sister O’Donnell has been a Sister of Saint Francis for 57 years. In that time, she’s seen two Philadelphia World Series wins. This week, she hopes to make it three.
“I think it’s a good idea to keep praying all the time, no matter whether the Phillies are playing or not,” she said. “But particularly, I think in the next couple of days we need to really pray hard.” READ and WATCH
11/2/22 – Vista Today – Neumann Nun Offers Some Prayerful Help to the Phils
The director of pastoral ministers at Neumann University is a huge Phillies fan so it’s no surprise that some of her prayers are going to them as they navigate the World Series, writes John McDevitt for KYW Radio.
“I have a baseball signed by Mike Schmidt. I have a baseball signed by Tug McGraw. Here is Tug McGraw at a very young age,” said Sr. Linda DeCero, providing a tour of her Phillies memorabilia.
During the World Series, the former chaplain for Neumann’s baseball team has set up a shrine in front of her TV with autographed baseballs, bobbleheads, religious relics, etc. READ
11/2/22 – Erie News Now – Sister Linda follows strict routine on Phillies game day
PHILADELPHIA (KYW) — Sister Linda grew up in South Philadelphia within walking distance of the sports complex. Her passion for the game and humor are one of a kind.
Prayers for the Phillies from Neumann University.
“I do believe the baseball gods are in our favor,” Sister Linda said.
Sister Linda Decero, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, says she started praying way back when the Phillies season wasn’t in their favor. READ
11/1/22 – KYW News Radio – Faith in her Fightin’ Phils: Delco nun devoutly roots, prays for Phillies in World Series
ASTON, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Countless sports fans in the Delaware Valley are cheering and praying for the Philadelphia Phillies to win the 2022 World Series. One fan in Delaware County embodies that with a whole lot of faith.
“So here I have a baseball signed by Mike Schmidt. I have a baseball signed by Tug McGraw. Here is Tug McGraw at a very young age,” said Sr. Linda DeCero, proudly showing off her Phillies memorabilia collection.
DeCero, originally from South Philadelphia, is the director of pastoral ministers at Neumann University and — as her collection shows — a huge Phillies fan. The former chaplain for Newman’s baseball team has a sort of shrine set up in front of her TV in her living room with those autographed baseballs, bobbleheads, religious relics, and a lot more. READ
10/26/22 – National Catholic Reporter – Catholic groups urge Biden to seek diplomacy with Putin, avoid nuclear war
Catholic organizations and religious orders are calling President Joe Biden to undertake diplomatic means to prevent nuclear war with Russia.
In an Oct. 26 letter to Biden sent by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, the organizations condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine and urged Biden not to respond in kind if such weapons are used. READ
10/17/22 – Global Sisters Report – CARA to honor ASEC for training, educational programs
On Nov. 7, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate will award its Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research to the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), a ministry that provides education opportunities to Catholic sisters in Africa.
In announcing the award, the center noted that more than 5,300 sisters have benefited from ASEC’s training and educational programs, and that number continues to grow.
“They have set up computer labs, provided technology and training workshops that have improved healthcare and access to clean water, and, initiated income generating projects in ten countries in sub Saharan Africa.”
CARA is a national research center affiliated with Georgetown University that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church.
Four U.S. Catholic universities and their congregations established ASEC in 1999:
ASEC is based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and now serves 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
10/15/22 – Delco Times – Billy Mock Foundation donates $25K to Chester’s ACCESS Community Center
The Billy Mock Foundation made a $25,000 donation to the newly opened ACCESS Community Center in Chester, at its Golf Outing and Auction at Concord Country Club on Oct. 10.
This is the largest single donation made by the foundation in its history.
The foundation became aware of ACCESS through its long relationship with Sr. Cathy McGowan, Sisters of St. Joseph, and Sr. Maggie Gannon, Order of St. Francis.
Over the 14 years of working with the sisters, the foundation was able to identify and assist many individuals and programs in need in Chester.
Gannon commented, “We continue to marvel at the impact Billy’s life has had on so many. It brings tears to our eyes and pride to our hearts and gratitude to all of you who support us in our mission of ‘Simply Helping Others’.” READ
9/26/22 – Delco Times –Aston plans to purchase 43 acres from Sisters of St. Francis as open space.
Township applying for grants and pulling together money.
A portion of Aston is staying green.
Aston Township commissioners recently voted their intent to buy 43 acres from the Sisters of St. Francis.
The property, which consists largely of woods and open space, is bounded by Red Hill Road and Convent Road.
The order reached out to the Township about selling the property in May 2021 as their religious order downsizes. The order also sold their convent and 63 acres nearby to Neumann University in 2021. READ
9/14/22 – New Jersey 101.5 – NJ losing another hospital with latest health-care sale
The impending sale of St. Francis Medical Center will leave only one hospital within the Trenton city limits.
Trinity Health has reached an agreement to sell Trenton’s first hospital to Capital Health, which would slowly close the facility on Hamilton Avenue in the city’s Chambersburg section pending regulatory approvals.
St. Francis was founded in 1874 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, according to the hospital’s website. Today it is an acute care teaching hospital with more than 300 medical staff physicians representing all specialties. READ
8/9/22 – St. Anthony Messenger – Followers of St. Francis: Sister Marie Lucey, OSF
The oldest of four children in a predominantly Irish Catholic neighborhood, Sister Marie Lucey, OSF, was born in Wilmington, Delaware. “I grew up in a loving family,” Sister Marie says. “My parents were committed Catholics, but they were not especially pious and initially were not happy when I told them I felt called to be a sister.”
She first started thinking about religious life when she was around 10 years old. She recalls a group of her girlfriends were also talking about becoming sisters and, in her mind, she was thinking, They are just talking about it, but I’m going to do it. Throughout her teenage years, the thought of entering the convent stayed with her. She received a four-year scholarship to Georgian Court College but, after two years, made the decision to leave and enter religious life. READ
8/25/22 – Daily Times – Neumann University students move into new dorm, an old convent
ASTON — Some Neumann University students are the first to ever move into the Our Lady of Angels Convent west wing, a building the college acquired from the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
In 2021, Neumann purchased the convent and 63 acres from the congregation and converted one section of the sprawling 152,000-square-foot building into Glen Riddle Hall, the newest residential facility on campus, though parts of it are 150 years old.
The convent complex was built in stages from 1873 to 1930. READ
8/10/22 – Inkstick – WHEN SHAREHOLDERS ASK WEAPONS MANUFACTURERS QUESTIONS
Shareholders asking for human rights impact assessment reports may offer ways to impact weapons headed to conflicts.
Earlier this year, two of the largest weapons manufacturing companies held their annual shareholder meetings and voted on proposals meant to address human rights. General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin, whose tanks, missile systems, and other products have been used in conflicts around the world, were pressed to adopt shareholder proposals highlighting a need for due diligence and human rights impact assessment procedures to better address the damage their weapons cause.
While these shareholder initiatives did not pass at these meetings, both proposals received a significant amount of shareholder support, signaling that the approach offers promise to prevent — or at least make more difficult — the funneling of weapons to irresponsible actors or those that harm civilians. READ
7/28/22 – The Catholic Review –Baltimore native feels ‘at home’ with Philadelphia’s Sisters of St. Francis
When she graduated from high school in Baltimore, Ann Dutrow joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame and began a long career in education. After nine years, she left the congregation.
“I had a sense of a calling, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me,” Sister Ann said. “The right church, the wrong pew.”
But she found the right fit the second time around. It just took a few decades for that to occur. And on Aug. 6, she will profess final vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in Aston, Pa., with her biological and Franciscan families on hand.
After leaving the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sister Ann was a school teacher in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, where she grew up. She retired from teaching 10 years ago, and even then, she didn’t see life in a religious community in her future. She said she didn’t even meet any Franciscans until she was 16 years into her teaching career. Sister Ann became familiar with them at The Catholic High School of Baltimore. READ
7/27/22 – The Dialog – Sister Ann Dutrow feels ‘at home’ with Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, will profess final vows
When she graduated from high school in Baltimore, Ann Dutrow joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame and began a long career in education. After nine years, she left the congregation.
“I had a sense of a calling, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me,” Sister Ann said. “The right church, the wrong pew.”
But she found the right fit the second time around. It just took a few decades for that to occur. And on Aug. 6, she will profess final vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in Aston, Pa., with her biological and Franciscan families on hand. READ
5/25/22 – Bloomberg Law – ESG Investors Push More Racial Issues After Wins at Apple, J&J
Chevron is opposing an audit proposal from Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a Roman Catholic order of nuns known for promoting corporate social responsibility. The proposal, which is under consideration at Chevron’s annual meeting Wednesday, urges the company to analyze and report on whether its policies and practices discriminate or have a disparate effect on people of color. The proposal cited concerns that Chevron’s greenhouse gas emissions and oil leaks can disproportionately harm non-White communities. READ
5/25/22 – Washington Post – Workers’ advocates turned away at Dollar General meeting
A civil rights advocate says he and two Dollar General store workers were denied access to the company’s shareholder meeting Wednesday in Tennessee where they had been outside protesting for better pay and workplace safety improvements.
The Rev. William Barber II told The Associated Press he and the two workers sought to enter the meeting inside Goodlettsville City Hall with their proxy paperwork, but were told they could not go in after the meeting’s start time. Video posted to social media shows Barber approach the meeting room’s door, saying multiple times that “We are shareholders,” to which a person staffing the meeting said, “I hear you. We just closed the check-in.”
. . .Barber said he was attending as a proxy representative for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, which he said means the group owned at least $2,000 in stocks in the company for at least three years. READ
5/15/22 – The Catholic Sentinel – If the walls could talk: Franciscan Spiritual Center has new home on former Marylhurst campus
St. Catherine Hall, the former music building at the now closed Marylhurst University, is the new home of the Franciscan Spiritual Center. After more than 15 years in Milwaukie, the center is again on the west side of the Willamette River, in an Italianate brick building with music-soaked walls, close to where the ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia began in Portland.
On April 1, amid many boxes, the Franciscans opened the doors for ministry in their new home, one that is somehow familiar. It turns out that several of the Sisters of St. Francis who lived at the convent on Palatine Hill earned their degrees at Marylhurst and are well acquainted with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary who were teachers and are the owners and stewards of the former university campus. READ
5/13/22 – Delco Times – Sisters of St. Francis celebrate Franciscan Night with blanket of roses
ASTON — The Sisters of St. Francis held their Fifth annual Franciscan Night with a Kentucky Derby theme. Sister Deborah Krist, director of mission advancement, had the idea to have a live horse present at the event and asked Sister Angela Sutera to help by making a rose blanket to display on the horse.
The blanket, which measures 9 ft. by 2 feet, is covered in 400 roses, each of which Sister Angela painstakingly glued to the three-layer blanket that had been cut to shape and hand sewn together. It took Sister Angela approximately 14 hours to complete the blanket, which was trimmed with greenery and tassels to finish the look. READ
5/13/22 – Echo.ie – Remembrance service celebrates life and legacy of Sister Patricia
A REMEMBRANCE day was held for a founding member of the Beacon of Light Counselling Centre in Clondalkin. On Monday evening, residents remembered Sister Patricia Kidd OSF, to celebrate her positive contribution to the community.
“Sr Patricia passed in June 2020, but due to Covid-19, we could not organise a remembrance service for her or mark her passing as we wanted,” said Geoffrey McCarthy, General Manager, Beacon of Light Counselling Centre.
“Her family friends, work colleagues and those from the local community gathered to pay homage to Sr Patricia, to celebrate her life and the legacy she left behind in the Beacon of Light.” READ
4/21/22 – The Daily Times – Every day is Earth Day on Red Hill Farm
ASTON — Today marks the 52nd celebration of Earth Day. First held on April 22, 1970, the special day, according to http://EarthDay.org, now includes a wide range of events worldwide, with participation of at least one billion people in more than 193 countries.
The official theme for 2022 is “Invest In Our Planet,” something the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia have been doing for decades with their Red Hill Farm. READ
4/12/22 – The Reporter – Bucks County Catholic educator honored with national ‘Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award’
DOYLESTOWN >> Sister Thomasann Quinn, SSF, the Prayer & Liturgy Coordinator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Elementary School in Doylestown, has been named a recipient of the NCEA 2022 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
The award recognizes leadership and excellence in Catholic education. Sister Thomasann Quinn is among only 13 recipients selected from more than 150,000 teachers, administrators, diocesan leaders, and organizations dedicated to serving Catholic schools throughout the nation. READ
4/7/22 – Lancaster Online – Name announced for private school planned at former Dominican monastery in Manheim Twp.
The private school planned for the former Dominican monastery in Manheim Township will be bear the name of a Philadelphia nun who helped establish the Order of the Sisters of St. Francis in 1855.
The school at the former Monastery of the Immaculate Heart at 1834 Lititz Pike will be called The Mary Francis Bachmann School, a name that was announced at a public event Wednesday at the property during which members of the public were invited to tour the building and grounds.
CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, a Lancaster-based nonprofit health ministry, has an agreement to buy the property for $3.5 million and plans to turn it into a private school with 1st through 12th grades. A fall 2023 opening is planned which would follow a $7 million renovation that would maintain the chapel for the public, keep the outside of the buildings intact and renovate the inside of the main building for classrooms. The school is eventually expected to have nearly 300 students. READ
4/6/22 – Medical Design and Outsourcing – Johnson & Johnson faces another ballot battle on racial equity audit
Johnson & Johnson is fighting another shareholder proposal for an independent racial equality audit of the company.
New Brunswick, New Jersey–based J&J (NYSE:JNJ) defeated a similar measure at last year’s annual meeting of shareholders, though the vote was far from a landslide. The company also unsuccessfully petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to keep it off the ballot.
Investors backing the proposal include philanthropists Christopher and Anne Ellinger and faith-based organizations such as the Providence St. Joseph Health system, Portico Benefit Services and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, among others. READ
03/06/22 – Investor Advocates for Social Justice – Sr. Nora Nash – Women of Faith in Finance
02/04/22 –Human Rights Watch – At Start of Black History Month, Over 350 Groups Urge US House Leadership To Back H.R. 40
02/04/22 – Dialog – Landmark former convent at St. Anthony of Padua parish in Wilmington available for sale
01/28/22 – SpokaneFavs – Letter to the Editor: A Note to Spokane’s Jewish Community
01/20/22 – American Medical Association – Health system CEO listens to doctors. He has to—they’re his family.
Ketul J. Patel, CEO for the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health system headquartered in the Puget Sound, has the “MHA” and “MBA” degrees after his name—not “MD” or “DO”—but he has spent his whole life closely observing the health care field.
01/218/22 – Cape Gazette – Nun seeks pandemic relief for Africa
Sr. Elise Betz shares her opinion in this op-ed. “The pandemic is raging around the world, and we owe it to one another to do our part to stop it. President Biden’s announcement that the United States has donated more vaccines abroad than any other nation is something to be proud of, but it isn’t enough.
Due to the COVID-19 Delta variant and limited vaccine supply, illnesses and deaths are spiraling out of control in Africa.” READ
01/13/22 – The Dialog – Wilmington’s Amanecer Counseling and Resource Center celebrates rebirth at St. Paul’s Parish
“Amanecer” is a Spanish verb that translates roughly as “to get light” or “to wake up.” In Wilmington, the Amanecer Counseling and Resource Center is trying to shed light on the need for mental health resources, particularly for the city and state’s Hispanic population.
Previously the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s, Amanecer dedicated its new building and celebrated its new identity a few months ago on the birthday of its founder, Franciscan Sister Theresa Elitz. The counseling center, established in 2003, moved into a house at Third and Van Buren streets purchased from the Franciscan friars’ Holy Name Province, which staffed St. Paul’s for nearly three decades before leaving. Read
01/11/22 – Global Sisters Report – Q & A with Sr. Tresa Palakudy, supporting children in Kenya’s forgotten HIV/AIDs epidemic
When Kenya’s first COVID-19 case was announced on March 13, 2020, the government pivoted to combat the spread. Health officials quickly announced travel restrictions, set lockdowns and converted health care facilities to serve COVID patients. These measures left HIV/AIDS patients feeling neglected.
Kenya experienced a massive shortage of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), threatening the lives of HIV/AIDS patients. Because many patients lost jobs, they couldn’t eat a balanced diet crucial to boosting their immunities. The government also diverted money donated for HIV/AIDS patients to fight the pandemic.
Although this article focuses on Sr. Tresa, our sister, Sr. Julia Mulvihill has been ministering with the children of Nyumbani for many many years. She is pictured in the photo. Read
12/11/21 – Bloomberg – Tyson to conduct racial audit after outcry over workers
Tyson Foods Inc., one of the meatpackers that came under fire during the height of the pandemic for its treatment of a largely minority workforce, will commission a detailed study to determine whether its practices contribute to racial inequities.
An independent group will carry out the equity audit of the biggest U.S. meat company by sales, with Tyson aiming to publish its findings within a year, spokesperson Gary Mickelson said.
This is good news! Behind the scenes there were many conversations between ICCR, IASJ, Venceremos, and Tyson. ABHMS co-filed the proposal for a racial audit in August with 16 other investors, including Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. READ
11/5/21 – The Dialog – A Different Approach to Vocations
“It’s a way of being in relationship with us and a way of living the charism in their own lives,” said Sr. Diane Tomkinson. The traditional image of vocations, particularly for women involves sisters taking vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, then going about the work of the congregation. But in the 21st century, the approach to vocations has changed for some religious orders, including the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
Sister Diane Tomkinson is the director of “charism engagement” for the local Franciscans, who are based in Aston, Pa. She took over the position over the summer after a career in academia, so she is still figuring out exactly what her ministry will look like going forward. The office was previously called charism promotion, but the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Francis reconfigured after a general chapter in May.
“We’re trying to work collaboratively in all the different ways we invite people to engage with our Franciscan charism and to see how God is calling them to that charism, and how they might be called to live out that charism,” Sister Diane said recently. READ
11/3/21 – Catholic Review – Catholic High leader marks milestone
At Catholic High, everything is taught through a Franciscan lens, she said, noting that “you can’t be in our school five minutes and not know this is a Franciscan school.”
Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Catholic High has just under 300 girls from 67 ZIP codes.
Dr. Nazelrod’s devotion to the school and the Franciscan spirit have impressed Franciscan Sister Ann Dutrow, Catholic High’s director of mission. She recalled a recent staff retreat at First Fruits Farm, a Christian farm devoted to alleviating hunger in the mid-Atlantic area, when Dr. Nazelrod got down on her hands and knees with everybody else and dug potatoes. READ
10/3/21 – NBC10 Philadelphia – Wilmington Counseling Center Celebrates Rebirth
A Wilmington, Delaware, counseling non-profit is celebrating a rebirth and rebranding. The Center to be dedicated to Sr. Theresa Marie Elitz. NBC10 reporter Tim Furlong has the story. Watch
09/29/21 – Catholic Philly.com – St. Mary’s Shelter rehabs old school to energize mission to homeless
St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter for Homeless Families took an important step in helping to break the cycle of poverty for women and their children in Phoenixville on Thursday, Sept. 23 when supporters cut the ribbon on a new transitional housing unit.
The shelter began in 1987 when the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia converted the former convent of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, who served in the school of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish for a century. READ
09/24/21 – Catholic Philly.com – Discontent grows among Biden’s allies over migrant treatment
For months, the Biden administration has been publicly hammering an unwelcoming message to those trying to enter the U.S. illegally at the southernmost part of the country: “The border is closed.”
Franciscan Sister Marie Lucey, associate director of the Franciscan Action Network, called on the administration to investigate “the intolerable actions of Border Patrol agents.”
“Black lives matter not only in this country, but also in Haiti, with the thousands of Black Haitian lives seeking refuge from horrific situations,” she said, adding her voice to the statement of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. READ
09/03/21 – Bloomberg.com – Tyson Investor Calls on Meat Producer to Perform Racial Audit
America’s biggest meat company is the latest to come under investor pressure to conduct an independent racial equity audit.
Tyson Foods Inc. should assess whether its policies and practices impact communities of color, according to a shareholder proposal from American Baptist Home Mission Society. Concerns include everything from a lack of opportunity for promotions for minorities, to allegations of discrimination and harrassment at the company. Tyson said it has established programs to support minorities, and even hired a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer.
ABHMS co-filed the proposal last month with 16 other investors including Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Province of New York and Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. READ
09/02/21 – The Catholic Sentinel – Women religious using new media in vocations efforts, with personal relationship still the best path
We are mentioned in the attached article: “The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who have ministered in Oregon for decades in healthcare and spiritual ministry, also have a colorful web page (osfphila.org
). It includes big photos of sisters in action — praying, marching for justice and observing Earth Day. One paragraph reads, “Why become one of us? Use your unique gifts to serve in the gaps and margins of our world.”
“We get it,” vocations director Franciscan Sister Christine Still says in a short video meant to calm anxiety. “Every one of our sisters were where you are today. All of us had questions. Some of us had doubts.” READ
08/10/21 – ICCR – Citing Robust Democratic Structures as a Critical Pillar of Economic Activity, Investors Urge Passage of For the People Act
In a letter to Congress, investors make clear that they view an election system free of discriminatory practices and the political influence of “dark money” as central to a strong democracy where businesses can thrive.
A group of 71 institutional investors announced they had sent a letter to Senators urging passage of the For the People Act, legislation introduced by Maryland Representative John Sarbanes intended to safeguard democratic structures by expanding voting opportunities, banning discriminatory gerrymandering and promoting transparency regarding campaign finance.
Investors say the For the People Act will create a level playing field for all Americans to exercise their Constitutional right to vote and help fortify our democracy, leading to a stable economic environment that favors both the public interest and business. Sr. Nora Nash is quoted in the article. Read more
08/02/21 – Catholic Philly – Ministries feed body and soul in Chester
Archbishop Nelson Pérez recently visited two ministries that feed body and soul in the heart of Chester.
On July 22, the archbishop blessed staff and volunteers at the food pantry of St. Katharine Drexel Parish’s Evangelization Center and at Anna’s Place, an adjacent hospitality center operated by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
Located at the former Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, which merged with St. Katharine Drexel Parish in 1993, both outreaches provide critically needed support to an area where the poverty rate tops 31% and median household income falls well short of $33,000.
With just 34,000 residents, Chester also struggles with violent crime, and has consistently ranked as one of the state’s most dangerous municipalities. READ
07/26/21 – Catholic News Service – Desperation in Honduras fuels migration northward, U.S. visitors learn
MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Franciscan Sister Mary Kennedy traveled from the United States to Honduras recently to show solidarity with communities affected by natural disasters and fighting the dispossession of their lands.
Her solidarity team also went to learn why so many people are abandoning the Central American country in hopes of reaching the U.S.
What she learned brought back a sense of déjà vu, having served in neighboring Guatemala between 1988 and 1994 and working with populations displaced by armed conflict.
“U.S. economic policies and military objectives have created the problems in Central America,” Sister Kennedy told Catholic News Service by phone from Philadelphia, where she is based.
“We should be opening wide the doors to receive those who want to come but, better still, we should be providing opportunities for the people to remain home, where they want to be, with their loved ones and to have a life with dignity and respect,” she said. READ
07/12/21 – National Catholic Reporter – ICE announces reversal of policy of detaining pregnant, nursing migrants
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency involved in deportations and other immigration-related detention proceedings, announced July 9 it would not detain, arrest or take into custody pregnant or nursing migrants for violating immigration laws except in exceptional circumstances.
. . .“We are deeply troubled by the cruel ICE directive which eliminates the presumption that ICE should not detain pregnant women except in extraordinary circumstances, and also removes some requirements regarding treatment of pregnant women in detention,” FAN member Sister Marie Lucey of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia said in 2018.
“Not only our religious faith, but our belief in basic human rights of all people, requires us to challenge this inhumane directive which endangers the lives of vulnerable pregnant women,” Sister Lucey said. “We call on ICE to restore its August 2016 memo on the Identification and Monitoring of Pregnant Detainees with presumption of release.” READ
07/11/21 – The San Diego Union Tribune – Three Catholic nuns, dedicated to engaging with the world, share stories of how their calling led them to San Diego
For Catholic women, the reforms of Vatican II and the promises of the equal rights movement in this country created a perfect storm for a profound change of habit.
We’re not just talking clothes here. What transpired was much more than allowing nuns to shed those formal headpieces and flowing tunics that reached down to their sensible shoes.
. . .For a young college graduate from New Jersey, serving two years in Micronesia with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps was more than an experience of a lifetime. It was a life-changing experience.
“For the first time, I lived in a community of my peers, where I was able to share my faith,” says Sister Maria Dela Paz, who was still years away from this title. “We shared our dreams and hopes for the future and also the hard things about life.”
When she returned home, she craved that community. Read
07/06/21 – Delco Times –Neumann to purchase properties from Sisters of St. Francis
ASTON — While Americans were gearing up for Independence Day last week, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia quietly signed an agreement that will change the future of Neumann University, as well as enhance the lives of countless students, now and in the years to come. The Sisters of St. Francis and Neumann University signed an official purchase agreement to formalize the sale of several historic properties and contiguous land to the university. READ
Vista Today – Neumann University Doubles Size of Campus With Land Acquisition READ
Philadelphia Inquirer – Neumann University to purchase convent property of founding order, almost doubling size of campus READ
Philadelphia Business Journal – Neumann University buying 63 acres, buildings from Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
The Dialog – Neumann University agrees to acquire buildings, land from Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia READ
The College Post – Neumann University Doubling Campus With New Purchase READ
05/17/21 – Catholic Review –With convent closing, Franciscan Sisters bid goodbye to Bradshaw parish
KINGSVILLE – Parishioners of St. Stephen in Bradshaw gathered to say goodbye to the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia at an emotional outdoor Mass May 16.
The five sisters now living in the convent are the last from the order, which has ministered here since 1931. As St. Stephen prepares for new construction to serve its growing congregation, the sisters are moving to new quarters off-campus in July.
Father George Gannon, St. Stephen’s pastor; Father Paul Breczinski, associate pastor; and Father Joshua Laws, pastor of the Catholic Community of South Baltimore and an alumnus of St. Stephen School, concelebrated the Mass under threatening skies and a bit of thunder. READ
05/13/21 – WMAR Baltimore – Sisters of St. Francis prepare to leave St. Stephens after 90 years
BALTIMORE — The Sisters of St. Francis came to Kingsville in 1931 from Philadelphia.
In 1962, they moved into the convent that’s still being used today.
Unfortunately, the five sisters who currently live in that convent have to move out before July because St. Stephen’s needs more space. The school has expanded quite a lot over the years, and they really need a Parrish Center to host events and have other activities.
“The sisters here went through a process of discernment, I believe. We prayed about it a lot. We shared about it, and we realized that God is calling us to something, to another place… to something else and when we do that, something else is going to happen here. We don’t know what that is. It’s all in God’s plan and because we love all of these people so much we only want what’s the best for all of them here,” said Sister Angela Defontes. READ
05/13/21 – Web Wire– Major investors demand ambitious methane regulations in the U.S.
Inaction will leave investors and oil and gas companies vulnerable to climate and reputational risks
As the Biden administration prepares to revise federal methane regulations, 147 oil and gas industry investors representing $5.35 trillion in assets under management signed on to a statement calling for comprehensive regulations to curb dangerous GHG emissions — and more stringent enforcement mechanisms to back them up.
As “prudent fiduciaries”, the statement says, the signatories believe that virtually eliminating methane emissions supports the financial goals of companies and investors. Read more
05/06/21 – Global Sisters Report – Sisters’ archivists are collecting COVID-19 history as it happens
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, historians and journalists scoured documents for information on the World War I-era disaster that was dubbed the Spanish flu of 1918-19, seeing it as the closest historical parallel to the new lockdowns and hundreds of thousands of deaths. …
Sr. Helen Jacobson, archivist for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, has been collecting newspaper accounts and reflections shared on the community’s website. Chronicled have been accounts of long-term isolation, the impact of school closings and the lack of in-person communal prayer life, especially in Lent and at Easter. Read more
04/15/21 – Global Sisters Report – Serving those in the shadows, sisters follow in footsteps of women long gone
When it comes to helping immigrants, Catholic sisters are one of the few constants in a tempestuous American landscape often shaped by hostility and division.
As associate director of the Franciscan Action Network, Sr. Marie Lucey, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, works collaboratively with the Justice for Immigrants campaign of the U.S. bishops’ conference and with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.
“Working with partners is very, very essential to what we do as a multi-issue organization,” Lucey said. READ
04/15/21 – The Spokesman Review – Faith leaders hope to build awareness through poster art contest
The graffiti vandalism of Temple Beth Shalom has inspired area faith leaders to turn away from hate and instead turn to community.
In a productive reaction to the February desecration, the Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience are hosting an art contest dubbed “Celebrate Curiosity,” in an effort to build on solidarity, inclusion, advocacy, accountability and truth in the Eastern Washington and North Idaho region.
Sister Pat Millen of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia said the Rev. Heywood has done a good job bringing awareness to ecological issues. Involved with FLLC since its inception, Millen said the art contest is an opportunity to get youth involved with justice issues, in addition to giving them a project to work on while in the middle of a pandemic. Read
04/06/21 – Catholic Philly.com –Webinar explores history of Philadelphia Franciscan sisters
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia will celebrate their founding with an April 9 webinar surveying the history of the congregation, which was established under the direction of then-bishop St. John Neumann.
The 12 p.m. presentation will feature insights from Franciscan Sisters Anne Amati, Mary Kennedy and Pat Warman, along with mission companions Anne Pullis and Carol Baiocchi. Edward Lis, director of Catholic mission integration for archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, will moderate the event. Read more
04/05/21 – The DelcoTimes – Letter to the Editor: Call for action – stop gun violence
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia deplore the latest acts of gun violence here in our country. These recent acts of violence are further indications of the need to evaluate easy access to guns in the United States. We encourage ourselves and all with whom we are in relationship to contact senators and congresspersons calling them to strengthen and enforce current gun laws and to issue a ban on assault weapons. The safe future of our citizens, most especially our children, depends on this. Read more
03/22/21 – The Catholic Sun – Shareholders push companies on racial justice, equity in vaccine access
A resolution filed by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia with California-based Chevron, one of the country’s largest oil and natural gas producers, provides an example of the issues related to racial justice that cross over into other concerns.
Sister Nora Nash, director of corporate responsibility for the religious order, said the resolution asks the company to commission an independent third-party report that analyzes how Chevron’s policies, practices and the impacts of its business “perpetuate racial injustice and inflict harm on communities of color in the United States.” Read more
03/14/21 – Pittsburgh Post Gazette–Our world cannot afford to wait for action
Letter from Sr. Nora Nash – “It is clear that we are in the midst of a climate crisis requiring immediate action, not only at the federal level but also in Pennsylvania, the fifth-largest greenhouse gas polluting state in the nation. If we are a large part of the problem, we must be part of the solution — our natural world, of which we are stewards, cannot afford to wait. This is why I offered public testimony in December in support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multistate cap-and-invest program among nearly a dozen Northeast and Middle Atlantic states with a proven track record of reducing carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants.” Read More
03/10/21 – Philadelphia Inquirer–‘Remember to vote!’ The CEO’s $14.3M pay at drug distributor AmerisourceBergen inspires dueling campaigns
As AmerisourceBergen prepares to face investors at its annual meeting Thursday, the pharma distributor is locked in a campaign battle with dissident stockholders over its CEO’s paycheck, after the company said it would shoulder a $6.6 billion loss to settle opioid litigation….“It’s our job to push them to see that they find better ways of doing what they’re doing,” said Tom McCaney, associate director for corporate social responsibility at the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. With “the distribution of opioids, there are people’s lives at risk.” Read more
02/10/21 – Delco Times– Sisters of St. Francis plan food drive to help with food insecurity in Chester
ASTON— Fifty-two weeks a year, women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, and offer hope. But for one week, March 8-14, the spotlight shines on women religious during Catholic Sisters Week. This year, the focus of Catholic Sisters Week is on food insecurity.
As part of the Catholic Sisters Week’s “Challenge to End Hunger and Food Insecurity,” the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are sponsoring a food drive on Friday, March 12, from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m.–noon at Our Lady of Angels Convent parking lot, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston. Read more
01/27/21 – Daily Times – Community Briefs: Drexel Neumann Academy celebrates 14 years with live-streamed event
Drexel Neumann Academy is celebrating its 14th year of providing a safe, quality education in the city of Chester with a virtual live stream event. The live streamed Drexel Neumann Academy Annual Celebration Dinner will begin 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 and the event starts at 7 p.m. The link to the event is: https://one.bidpal.net/dna. Read more
01/15/21 – Reuters – Investors push for social media controls ahead of U.S. inauguration
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are signatories to the attached letter to Alphabet, Facebook, and Twitter, calling on the board to take all necessary steps to address their role in enabling and facilitating violence at the U.S. Capitol and at state houses across the country in the run-up to inauguration day. Investors are calling on appropriate board committees to convene immediately and, as a matter of public record, take steps to exercise oversight of management’s decisions on these matters to ensure adequate controls are in place to mitigate future harm. Read More
12/10/20 – PHL17 – Holiday Hunger Relief Program hopes to combat food insecurity in Delco.
Sr. Maggie Gannon speaks on behalf of Anna’s Place, which is spotlighted here for their hunger relief program. “Food insecurity has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the holiday season upon us many are wondering how they can help. In partnership with Visit Delco, Springfield Country Club is preparing freshly made meals for those in need throughout the community.”
Watch the segment which appears on PHL17 here: https://phl17.com/phl17-morning-news/holiday-hunger-relief-program-hopes-to-combat-food-insecurity-in-delco/.
10/12/20 – Global Sisters Report – Sisters registering as many people as they can to vote
…McManamon is just one of many Catholic sisters across the United States who are working to ensure citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. They work for legislative changes to make voting easier, they register voters and they work the polls on Election Day.
Sr. Marie Lucey, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is one of those working to get out the vote. She’s the associate director of Franciscan Action Network , which made three videos this year to encourage people to vote.
“We don’t have a good history of voting in this country,” Lucey said. “We either take too much for granted, or people think their vote doesn’t count. But voting is a right and a responsibility.” Read more
10/7/20 – Trenton Monitor – Religious orders bring variety of gifts, experiences to Diocese of Trenton
Since its founding in 1881, the Diocese of Trenton has been blessed with the presence of faith-filled, courageous and inspired religious men and women whose unique ministries bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lives of the faithful during rapidly changing times.
“Each of these religious orders, congregations and societies are blessed with a sacred charism, a gift of the Holy Spirit given over to their founders to share and enrich the Church and continue its ministry through services of prayer, missionary activity, education, health care or social service,” said Sister of St. Joseph Rose McDermott, who serves as diocesan delegate for religious.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia were founded in 1855 by Bishop John N. Neumann, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Philadelphia, after following the advice of Pope Pius IX to establish a congregation of Franciscan sisters in his own diocese. Read more
10/2/20 – Earthbeat Weekly – Following in St. Francis’ footsteps as Season of Creation ends
As summer turns to autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter to spring south of the Equator, we have celebrated the transitional month of September as the Season of Creation. It has been a time to take stock of our relationship with all of our fellow travelers on this planet, human and non-human alike, and renew our commitment to healing and renewing the Earth.
The Season of Creation ends, appropriately, on Sunday, which is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. In answer to this week’s Burning Question, EarthBeat staff writer Brian Roewe explains who Francis was and how he became the patron saint of ecology .
Franciscans worldwide will celebrate their patron’s feast day this weekend. Virtual events on Saturday, Oct. 3, include those hosted by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia ; the Franciscan Solidarity Table in Southern California with St. Matthews Church ; and a virtual celebration of Transitus , a remembrance of the moment when St. Francis died, by Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Read more
10/2/20 – Seahawks Communication – Seahawks Support Crucial Catch Campaign for Cancer Awareness and Early Detection, in Collaboration with Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan
Today the Seattle Seahawks, in partnership with Virginia Mason, the Seahawks Official Health Care Partner, and CHI Franciscan, launch a month of cancer awareness activities to promote early detection through the NFL’s Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer initiative. To kick off the Crucial Catch campaign, representatives from the Seahawks, Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan participated in a ceremonial raising of the Crucial Catch flag at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks will host the team’s annual Crucial Catch game on Sunday Night Football, October 11 vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system is comprised of more than 1,250 hospital beds and over 4,000 credentialed providers offering cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences, women’s care and other health care services. Read more
8/10/20 – Global Sisters Report – Shut up at home by pandemic, sisters find world is still with them
After months of emergency shutdowns, staged reopenings and, in some cases, reversals, sisters are finding ways to cope with the inevitable COVID-19 anxiety, brought on by months under virtual lock and key.
No, they aren’t congregating in gyms, bellying up to the bar or having unmasked beach bonfires. Surprised?
Instead they are sewing masks for frontline responders. Scheduling extra prayer time for those suffering from the ravages of the virus. Ringing the monastery bell to remind townspeople to pray in a pandemic-stricken state.
…In the meantime, women religious are finding ways to connect with others and have fun at the same time, even while maintaining the recommended social distance.
…Navigating the twists and turns of a work life lived largely online — she works with two computers on her desk — hasn’t been easy for Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, a member of the Order of St. Francis in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she serves as the vice president for mission and ministry at Neumann University. “I never thought I would live that long,” joked O’Beirne, about the dual computers, commenting that she grew up in Ireland without a phone.
The sisters in her order, both active and retired, sent out welcoming notes to approximately a thousand students arriving in the fall, she said. In Palmer Method handwriting, of course. Read more
7/16/20 – Daily Record News.com – CHI Franciscan And Virginia Mason Sign Memorandum Of Understanding To Explore Combining And Forming New Integrated Health System
The Washington-based health systems would employ a patient-first approach, an innovative structure, and strong quality and safety performances to transform health care
“Founded 130 years ago by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, CHI Franciscan has served its communities by providing compassionate, high-quality care to those in need, especially those who are vulnerable. Our relationship with Virginia Mason is another meaningful step forward in this journey,” said Dr. Uli Chi, chairman of the board of directors for CHI Franciscan. Read more
7/13/20 – GreenBiz – Chemical footprinting comes of age
When the Chemical Footprint Project launched in December 2014, it aspired to become the next carbon footprint or the next widely used tool for measuring company performance on a critical sustainability concern — toxic chemical use in the manufacturing of products.
It’s made steady progress since then, with 31 companies, including Levi Strauss, Walmart and HP Inc., using the Chemical Footprint Project’s annual survey to inventory and report on their hazardous chemical use, as well as their progress towards safer alternatives.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia has been linking environmental justice and chemical risk concerns in its work with retailers such as Dollar Tree and oil and gas companies with stores or facilities in communities of color. “We are tying the pandemic, climate change, environmental justice and human rights. They’re very much linked to one another,” said Sister Nora Nash. Read more
7/9/20 – Pittsburgh Business Times – Investors urge Pennsylvania DEP to expand methane-emissions rules
A group of investors representing nearly $4 trillion under management — including the Pennsylvania state treasurer, Pittsburgh-based Federated Hermes Inc. (NYSE: FII) and the California State Teachers Retirement System — is urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to strengthen its methane emissions rules in the state’s oil and gas industry.
The 50 investors sent a message to the state’s oil and gas industry — some of whom they invest in — to do more to manage methane emissions. The letter singles out existing sources of methane, including 71,000 older and lower-producing wells that it said was responsible for half of methane emissions from the industry.
This is big news for the State of Pennsylvania and we are signatories and mentioned in the text. Click here to read more. A PDF of the article is attached here.
6/15/20 – Catholic News Service – Women religious, inspired by current protests, also see long road ahead
Across the country, women religious have joined in peaceful protests against racial inequality, while others, home for health reasons amid the pandemic, are very much in spirit with the marchers.
But on the streets or not, many of them see the scourge of systemic racism not just as a blight on the nation but something the church must own up to and help eradicate.
…That’s what Sister Marie Lucey, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia and longtime activist, also is recognizing, describing it as a “kind of wakening.” The gray-haired woman religious who attended the same Washington protests as Sister Howard, said she wanted to stand with those seeking change. “As a white person, as a Catholic, as a sister, I have work to do.”
She also said she feels “some kind of hope, not optimism.” She is reading, and discussing with other sisters in her community, the current best-seller: “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” Read more
5/12/20 – Global Sisters Report – The true gift of sisterhood
I needed a kidney and Franciscan Sr. Deborah Krist gave me one. Sounds so simple, yet so incredible. We are two sisters — not by blood but by vocation. We are both Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. There was no telling that we would be a match at all, but Sister Debbie just knew she would be a good fit. “It was an act of God for sure,” Debbie said. “It has been an amazing journey, which I believe, through the grace of God, has changed both our lives!” Read
5/10/20 – Delco Times – Acts of Kindess: Sisters of St. Francis help to house nurses, feed the community
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia have been praying for all those infected by the virus and their loved ones, as well as the health care professionals who willingly expose themselves to the pandemic every day. “Their dedication and commitment is inspiring,” the sisters said in a released statement. “At the same time, the health care professionals are concerned about exposing their loved ones to the virus and putting them at risk. We hear news reports of them moving into hotel rooms, sleeping in their garages, or temporarily living in RVs.” Read
5/10/20 – The Dialog – Heeding God’s call — Sisters of St. Francis housing nurses and ‘helping in any way we can’
As we continue to experience the realities of COVID-19, we pray for all those infected by the virus and their loved ones. While we self-quarantine to avoid encountering the virus, health care professionals willingly expose themselves to the pandemic every day. Their dedication and commitment is inspiring. Read
5/4/20 –US Catholic – Laypeople, sisters share a common space and mission at the border
This is the 3rd part of a series of stories on sisters at the El Paso-Juarez border, which has been published by US Catholic. Our own Sr. Caroline Sweeney has been ministering at the U.S. /Mexico border as part of a yearlong commitment at border-based nonprofits like Annunciation House and the Loretto Volunteers Program. READ
4/21/20 –The Dialog – Sisters of St. Francis jump in to make sandwiches for the hungry served by Ministry of Caring
1/7/20 – U.S. Catholic Magazine -Voices of the Future: Young women religious are reaching congregational boundaries to revitalize religious life
Attached is an article that was published in U.S. Catholic magazine in their January 2020 issue. The piece is called “Voices of the Future” by Jessica Mesman, and features an interview with our Sr. Anna Maria Dela Paz.At 32, novice Maria Anna Dela Paz is the youngest sister in her congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, by about 20 years. She was drawn to the community’s Franciscan charism and its emphasis on human rights and social justice advocacy, but she says, “I didn’t ever think there were people like me who were discerning.” Read more
1/7/20 – Time Magazine– ‘Our Work Is Helping People Find Happiness.’ Meet the Leftist Nuns Helping Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Since 2018, more than 700 nuns from LCWR, a 300 member congregations have volunteered their services, some traveling hundreds of miles to join sisters who already lived in border towns. Our Sr. Caroline Sweeney is one of the sisters who has made numerous trips down to minister to those at the border. She is pictured in the article. Read more
1/8/20 – Catholic Philly – Prayer vigil pushes for peaceful solution in Iran crisis
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The gathering outside the White House after dark Jan. 6 to protest U.S. aggression toward Iran was not nearly as big as a parade two days earlier protesting against the warlike moves. It certainly was not as loud.
But, in its own way, the peace vigil was just as strong. The 30-minute vigil, organized by Faith in Public Life, drew about 100 to a park across the street from the Executive Mansion — about one-tenth the size of the Jan. 4 march down a downtown Washington street. Our Srs. Maria Orlandini and Marie Lucey were on hand representing FAN and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Read more
3/25/20 – Catholic News Service – Catholic universities, and a high school, donate medical supplies to hospitals
BROOKLYN, NY – On March 24, The Catholic High School of Baltimore also donated personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, goggles and protective gowns to Mercy Medical Center, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, in downtown Baltimore.
The hospital, which treats many of the homeless in Baltimore, has a collaborative relationship with the nurses’ club at the high school, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Several of the students’ parents also work at the hospital. READ
4/2/20 – St. Kateri Center celebrates Laudato Si’
To celebrate Laudato Si’ Week, Red Hill Farm Manager, Margaret Lilley, the sisters, and the Saint Kateri Conservation Center will plant the beginnings of a Saint Kateri Habitat at Red Hill Farm in May.
The habitat will feature a biodiverse array of native plants, such as milkweed, golden alexanders, and goldenrod, that will boast different heights and colors and bloom at different times of the year. Read more here.
4/8/20 – Delco Times -Acts of Kindness: Six-year-old Aston girl helps community with pretzels, art and Crown Royal masks
This amazing little girl is working hard for her community during a time of need. Anina is now busy making masks for the retired and ill Sisters of St. Francis and their staff at Assisi House in Aston. She is crafting the masks out of Crown Royal bags donated by Sundance Saloon in Aston. Read