VISITING WOMEN’S RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES
Visit four different religious communities to meet, learn, share meals, and pray with Catholic Sisters. We will visit local communities of Benedictines, Franciscan Poor Clares, School Sisters of Notre Dame, and Sisters of St. Joseph. Carpooling will be arranged.
When: Saturday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: This event is free; the day is a gift to participants.
The Event was a great success. Our visitors arrived at the monastery before 8:00 am to join our Saturday Eucharistic community. Following the Eucharist we enjoyed a modest brunch and a presentation by Sister Beth on COMMUNITY which is a central aspect of Poor Clare life and a needed focus for our country and our world at this time. The group left St. Clare’s at 10:30 to continue their visits to Communities of Benedictines, St. Joseph Sisters and School Sisters of Notre Dame. There are tentative plans for another opportunity to visit Religious Communities in January.
The Eucharistic celebration is at 9:30 am followed by conversation and refreshments in our hospitality area. Michael Joncas is presiding and all are included in the choir.
It is also the first feast day of Papa Francisco of Rome.
The conversation of Papa Francisco with Antonio Spadaro, S. J. editor of La Civiltá Cattolica “A Big Heart Open to God” is available on www.americamagazine.org. In this interview Francis shows his big heart open to all God’s people. And that means you. Remember the words of Jesus, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters (and the greatest), you do to me.” We are all one in this all inclusive global family.
For every section of the interview of Pope Francis with Spadaro, you could match the stories and the teachings of Jesus. For example, when the pope is asked, “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” he responds with the story of the calling of Matthew the tax collector. Jesus looked on Matthew with love and chose him to be a disciple. That’s our Pope.
Blessed feast day to all!
We first learned about “Acts” from Franciscan padre, Charlie McCarthy, pastor of Assumption Parish near our monastery. The parish has so many programs and groups meeting at their Church that we were asked to host the “Acts” here in our large hospitality area. What a blessing! Each Tuesday from 7 – 9 PM about 20 women meet here and from here Skype their counterpart group in El Paso, Texas, praying, learning and preparing a retreat for other women from Assumption parish who will make the ACTS retreat at PriorLake the end of July.
The name of the group, “Acts is inspired by the Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47.”
The acronym stands for: Adoration, a life centered in Christ; Community, in and with the people of God; Theology, exploring the religious dimension of human experience; and Service, to serve one another in Christ through love, caring and compassion.
Some of our beautiful Acts women: L to R, Magali, Sr. Noreen, Marielise, Anna Marie, Nancy
Women of the ACTS movement met here in the our hospitality area for 13 consecutive Tuesday evenings preparing a most amazing three day experience for their Catholic sisters in Christian sacramental living with profound love and personal sharing.
Welcome all Franciscans to the Monastery of St. Clare for the Feast.
The Transitus is at 7:00 PM August 10.
The Eucharist is at 10:00 AM August 11.
For Saint Clare
Light is your legacy, Clare,
the light that falls across the day,
new each morning with a constancy
that hints at you.
I see you in the early light
spreading the glow of the high place
from which it came,
pristine on stone and icon,
subtle on wooden floor.
From a fountain beyond time
light streams toward me
down long hallways,
sometimes rosy when the sumac
dyes it on its way.
This is the light that searches every deed for love.
I think of you especially at sunset,
when a golden western light
burns through the quiet trees
and strikes the gleam of life in all the leaves,
making the air between them radiant as fire,
mellow evening fire for this hearth,
this place of peace that blesses night
and welcomes dawn
secure, held in your enduring light
Sr. Anne was born in 1913, raised in St. Paul, educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph and entered the Poor Clare Monastery in Sauk Rapids, MN in 1931. She and a small group of Sisters at the request of Archbishop Burne began a Community of Poor Clares here in Bloomington in 1954. Sister Anne was active in the beginning of the Federation of Poor Clares in the United States and served two terms on the Council. In the 60′s she was instrumental in developing a program for contemplative Sisters at St. Teresa’s College, Winona, Mn. following on the directives of the Second Vatican Council. Sister Anne received a degree in French during her time at the college. Meanwhile Korean Sisters were arriving for formation and some of the Bloomington Sisters were studying Korean preparing for the first Poor Clare foundation in South Korea. Among her many contributions to life and liturgy here at the monastery are her beautiful weavings which grace the walls of our chapel for all the different seasons of the year.
Sister of St. Joseph, Catherine Jenkins, is pictured here with Sister Anne.
Nieces and nephews came as far away as Florida and Alaska to celebrate with Sister Anne.
Young and old enjoyed the party.
In Community here in Bloomington we knew God’s blessing as we celebrated the Solemn Profession of Sister Lucie Lafleur on April 27. Sister Lucie is originally from Quebec where she ministered as a pastoral associate and a member the San Egidio movement with particular outreach to immigrants. The Solemn Profession took place in our Chapel during the Eucharistic Celebration.
Following the Eucharist and ceremony we all walked to the hospitality area for the luncheon prepared by the Sisters.
Sister Lucie and Sister Gabriel attended to the ceremonial cake.
Family and friends joined us for a festive meal.
Eric and Brigitte, dear friends of Sister Lucie, came from Quebec.
“Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness, and that is where death is,” he said. “Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life!”
“Grace and Peace to you from the One who is, who was and is to come.” (The Book of Revelation. 4)
The golden cross on our Easter card reaches out to each and all of you, to the north and south, east and west. The Alpha and Omega, first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, indicate the all inclusive message of hope and good will to all God’s people throughout the world. This message is not sterile but bears leaves and flowers with the promise of fruit already forming beneath the buds.
Our new Franciscan/Jesuit pope urges us not to give in to the daily temptation to bitterness and pessimism but to find new ways of being grace to others and sharing peace with those near and far.
In Community here in Bloomington we know God’s blessingas we celebrate the Solemn Profession of Sister Lucie Lafleur on April 27. Sister Lucie is originally from Quebec where she ministered as a pastoral associate and a member the San Egidio movement with particular outreach to immigrants. Fidelity and fruitfulness come together as we celebrate100 years of life of our Sister Anne Condon, born and raised in Minneapolis, and one of the founders of this Community.
In the celebrations of Holy Week, continuing throughout the Great Fifty Days we remember you all with love and grateful appreciation.