Year of Consecrated Life

Adorers Host Prison Justice Workers

By Julie Anderson

Is this shirt ok?  How long is the visit?  What will we talk about?  These were just a few of our questions as we prepared for a visit to Menard Correctional Center.

No one in our group, board members of Restore Justice Illinois, had ever visited a prison, certainly not a maximum-security prison, and everyone was nervous and apprehensive.

Restore Justice Illinois is working to change the laws that permit life without parole and other long sentences for young people convicted of crimes.

Precious Blood Ministry organized the trip so that the board could meet the people they are fighting for.

Reflections on Pope Francis’s visit to Washington, D.C.

By Sister Krystal Funk

In this Year of Consecrated Life, it made sense that novices such as myself from every religious order of men and women in the U.S. would be invited to the papal Mass Wednesday in the nation’s capital.

The occasion was the canonization of 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis did not speak to the novices and seminarians, just greeted and blessed us. In his homily, he talked about how God calls both lay and religious people to bring the Gospel to others with joy.

Today’s To-Do List: Tackle Global Problems

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By Cheryl Wittenauer

Two months after leaving Newman University and Wichita, Sr. JoAnn Mark, ASC is settling into her new digs in Bethpage, N.Y., a Long Island suburb that is about an hour’s commute from the United Nations in upper Manhattan.

As the new executive director of the Partnership for Global Justice, Sr. JoAnn is rebuilding the NGO’s membership, finances and partner networks. She treks to the U.N. at least once a week for meetings.

joAnnMarkThe Partnership educates the public and consults to the U.N.

God’s Holy Women

By Sr. Raphael Ann Drone ASC

Recently, I led a group of women in marking the upcoming nuptials of a young woman who met her husband while both served as missionaries in Liberia. Our weekend together was a different take on the traditional bachelorette party; we didn’t roast and toast the bride-to-be with old girlfriend stories and bottles of wine, but looked at ourselves as “God’s Holy Women” within God’s Great Story of Salvation History.

Rachel, the bride-to-be; Jackie, one of the bridesmaids; and I had lived together in Liberia as lay missionaries with the Society of African Missions from 2010 to 2012.