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A Prayerful Come and See Weekend

The Sisters of Bon Secours held a prayerful Come and See Vocation weekend in Marriottsville at the Provincial House. The women who attended also enjoyed an uplifting concert by singer Carrie Newcomer and got to relax and get to know one another a little better over s’mores at a camp fire.

These weekends are a time of discovery and sharing. They’re also a time to listen – not only to what the sisters have to say – but to what God may be saying. Our next Come and See Weekend is March 15-17, 2019.

If you want to talk to someone before then, we are here for you. Call our Vocations Office at 410-442-3172, or you can always take part in our monthly Sisters Chat. The next one is this Tuesday, October 16th from 7pm to 8pm. Click on this link if you want to join the chat:  https://lifeasasister.org/event-details/sisters-chat-room-3/

 

Day of reflection for Bon Secours Young Adults

Bon Secours Young Adults gathered over the weekend to discuss the recent developments in the Catholic Church.  They held a day of reflection at Notre Dame of Maryland University to inspire leadership and empowerment to the church from within.

Young Adults’ voices heard at V Encuentro

Soli Salgado, Maria Benevento, September 22, 2018 | National Catholic Reporter

Grapevine, Texas — For Gerardo Vargas, the prospect of dining with a bishop seemed like a meeting with the “undercover boss.”

“He’s the person in charge, and there are so many steps before getting to the bishop. We can’t even get to the first one, let alone the tenth [step],” said the 22-year-old youth minister from Colton, Calif.

But on Sept. 21, Vargas and 700 other young adults got the opportunity to skip straight to the last step at the dinner that closed the second night of the National V Encuentro. The dinner brought together participants ages 18-35 with the approximately 130 bishops who attended. (more…)

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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!
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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.

Source: Praymorenovenas.com

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’