Recently, Sr. Maryann Agnes Mueller led the EMS Board of Directors through a retreat. Sr. Maryann Agnes, who is the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for the Felician Sisters of North America, responded to the Board’s request to talk about inclusion through a Franciscan lens.
Sr. Maryann Agnes called the Directors to remember that “our future rests on our willingness to come together through intergenerational, interdisciplinary, intercultural, interfaith, and inter-everything collaboration. The racism, sexism, ageism, all isms and all the ways we have destroyed the dignity of difference and the richness of diversity, will be the death of us.” This reminds us of Blessed Mary Angela’s message to her Sisters in the late 19th Century to “give aid to all, without exception … for everyone is our neighbor.”
At the beginning of November, under the leadership of Mission Leader Nicole Mineo and Campus Minister S Alexander Marie Siegel, ICHS celebrated an All Saints Day Mass and an All Souls Day walk to the Felician Sisters’ Cemetery. It was the first time in over 25 years that ICHS held a mass in the school’s auditorium. During a beautiful liturgy, Fr. Ryan stated that Church is where the people are and the people make it beautiful.
With the leadership of Dr. Chris Benson, Mission Leader, and Jesse Cox, Chief Diversity Officer, the Madonna University community gathered to recognize the International Day of Peace. The community celebrated with prayer offerings and songs at the Peace Pole on campus. Additionally, students, staff, and faculty discussed the United Nations’ theme, “End Racism. Build Peace.” Additionally, Madonna selected a common reading of A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege by Franciscan Friar, author, and speaker Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.
St. Anne Home, with the support of Cheri Hall, Mission Leader, and Jeff Long, CEO, recently provided a beautiful liturgy and reflection for All Souls Day, honoring residents who passed prior to September 30, 2022. As part of the reflection, they wrote, “when you love someone, they are never further than our heart. Sometimes, God even allows us reminders to know they are with us. Perhaps a little visit from a butterfly or sighting of a cardinal. Let us take heart and be assured the City of the Living God is near. After the passing of our loved ones, we remain united through the communion of saints in the midst of our daily lives. Let us stay alert for signs from our loved ones who are here with us.” St. Anne Home asks that all continue to pray all our deceased relatives and friends.
SM Jeanine Morozowich, Mission Leader, enjoys coloring with some 1st Grade students in the Mooncrest After-School Program. This program is open to students in grades K-8 and provides an environment that is non-denominational and faith-based, safe, and comfortable; where students learn to respect themselves and others; where they rise to the challenge of being their best self; where they can develop mentally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically while having fun and getting their work done.