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Blessings for more affordable housing in West Baltimore

As Sisters of Bon Secours, we have a deep commitment to help those in need and the most vulnerable in our society, extending the compassionate ministry of Jesus Christ. In West Baltimore this week, that commitment was visible when the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and partners held a grand opening for a new housing complex, New Shiloh Village. The four-story multifamily development expands affordable housing to individuals and families who need it, and provides critical community services. Vocation Director Sr. Pat Dowling offered a closing blessing and was honored to be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony. Also in attendance were Congressman Elijah Cummings, Senator Chris Van Hollen, Mayor Catherine Pugh and First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan. This new development, the latest addition to the New Shiloh Baptist Church campus, includes 73 modern apartment homes, 65 of which are affordable for low income families and  disabled citizens,  as well as eight apartments for formerly homeless persons. Bon Secours Community works will provide a range of resident services on site, including family support and financial and workforce development services. A community for seniors, New Shiloh Village Senior Living, opened in 2007.

Photo by Alan Gilbert

The messy quest for meaning

Sisters Pat and Fedelina and Anne-Marie Whelan are in Liverpool at the National Eucharistic Congress of England this week. They’re meeting women at their vocation booth, and they’re also giving a workshop to young adults titled, “What am I being called to be and do – the messy quest for meaning.”  This afternoon they also met with 6th graders who asked lots of questions about what nuns do.

Ritual of Welcome for Ji Kyung Choi

It has been a busy and blessed week here at Sisters of Bon Secours in Marriottsville. We held a Welcome Ritual for a new candidate, Ji Kyung Choi, and the Sisters promised to encourage and support Ji and to build relationships and community with her. Ji was presented with symbols of entering the Community as a candidate and will now begin the candidacy phase, a stage of orientation and transition to religious life.

World Youth Day Cross in Washington, DC

Bon Secours Young Adults joined hundreds of people in Washington, DC on Saturday to see the World Youth Day Cross make its first visit to the US since the attacks on the World Trade Center. There was a procession across the National Mall, a ceremony at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine and Mass at the National Basilica.

Going National on Times Square!

The Sisters of Bon Secours messages of “Be Kind” and “Envision a Loving World” will light up two billboards throughout the day today, visible to hundreds of thousands of visitors to Times Square. It is part of the celebration of National Non-Profit Day. The Sisters want to share our message of love and kindness and to celebrate the non-profits that work tirelessly to make the world a better place. Be Kind, Spread Joy, Be Good Help!

August 15, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary, Queen of every heart, accept all that we are and bind us to Jesus with the bonds of love that we may be yours forever and may be able to say in all truth: “I belong to Jesus through Mary.” Our Mother, Assumed into Heaven and Queen of the Universe, ever-Virgin Mother of God, obtain for us what we ask for if it be for the glory of God and the life of the world.

Through your prayers, may our souls be filled with an intense desire to be like you, a humble vessel of the Holy Spirit. When our hour of death has come, lead us safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of God for all eternity together with you.


Addressing the “sin of racism”

Sr. Rose Marie Jasinski joined approximately 800 sister leaders from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis after reaffirming a 2016 resolution against racism as part of LCWR’s 2018 annual assembly. The Old Courthouse was the site of the first two trials of the Dred Scott case.  (Photo: Sr. Rose Marie Jasinski)

Read more from Soli Salgado, covering LCWR’s assembly for Global Sisters Report.

LCWR assembly reaffirms commitment to addressing ‘the sin of racism’

“Being the presence of love”

Sr. Pat Eck, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Bon Secours, Sr. Elaine Davia, Formation Director, Sisters of Bon Secours, USA and Sr. Rose Marie Jasinski, Provincial Leader, Sisters of Bon Secours USA, are attending the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) 2018 Assembly in St. Louis this week. They join roughly 800 sisters in leadership in their respective communities to reflect on this year’s theme, “Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Communion.” LCWR, which represents approximately 80 percent of about 48,500 women religious in the United States, sees “being the presence of love” as one of the most important roles of women religious in this era, said Sr. Annmarie Sanders of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, LCWR’s Associate Director of Communications.

International Formation Committee in Marriottsville

Sisters from Peru, Ireland, France and the US who are part of the International Formation Committee are meeting this week in Marriottsville.
They’re gathered to look more deeply into what each country is doing in its programs, and they’re talking about the challenges and the successes they’ve all had. They’re also here to pray together, visit with the sisters they don’t get to see all the time, and have some fun along the way.

Exploring religious life

Last weekend, several sisters spent a wonderful few days with the women who attended the July Come and See Weekend. It was a time for prayer, reflection, conversation, fun and getting to know the Sisters of Bon Secours. The weekend aims to help women understand more about God’s call for their life, and we were blessed to have them here for the journey. We ask that you keep them in your prayers. The next Come and See Weekend will take place in the fall, from October 5-7.

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