A Reason to Celebrate and Give Thanks

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Meet the New Novices

The postulants arrived at Mother of Good Counsel Convent in Chicago, IL, their hearts full of thanksgiving both for the upcoming ceremonies and for revisiting the convent where they first met in January 2014 during a discernment retreat.

As with all good things, the weekend began with a retreat on Saturday, August 13, allowing the postulants to take a step aside and spend their last full day as postulants with the Lord.

In the evening, the community gathered once again after supper to celebrate the Rite of Initiation for postulants Michele Curry, Lauren Gault and Regina Garofalo. As Lauren so eloquently said, “The loving guidance of Mary, our Mother, was felt, her smile of joy shining down upon all, as we were lovingly accepted even more fully into the Felician Community.”

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From L: S Regina Marie Garofalo, S Petrina Marie Gault, and S Michele Antoinette Maria Curry

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From L: S Michele Antoinette Maria Curry, 

S Petrina Marie Gault, and S Regina Marie Garofalo

Regina reflected, “I think I am glowing! I feel so blessed and excited to be taking the next step on this journey. The Rite of Initiation and the Mass were both beautiful. I cannot stop smiling.”

So that they would be mindful of their new way of life, during the ceremony, each postulant received a habit.  To remind the novices that they are now destined for a new mission in life and to assure them that God’s plan would be fulfilled in them, they received new names.  Michele Curry will now be known as Sister Michele Antoinette Maria Curry; Lauren Gault as Sister Petrina Marie Gault; and Regina Garofalo as  Sister Regina Marie Garofalo.

SM Christopher Moore, provincial minister, presented the novices to SM Jeanine Morozowich, director of novices, exhorting her to lead these sisters, with the assistance of the Mother of Jesus, closer to her Son.

25th year in Kingstree.

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On Thursday, August 11th we celebrated the beginning of our 13886430_1225730530810468_2291061603736698597_n The event was so beautiful. Bishop Guglielmone prayed the Mass of Thanksgiving and gave a very affirming and inspiring homily. Our little St. Ann Church was packed with our Board Members, our Sisters, Knights of Columbus and Catholics from across the State of SC. A reception followed at our Center along with a few speeches. What a great way to begin the year long celebration. When we get the pictures, I will share them with you all. Meanwhile, enjoy the billboard—-yes, a billboard in the town of the Sisters—up for two months!

 

Madonna University Represented at Interfaith Leadership Institute

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Madonna University Represented at Interfaith Leadership Institute

Students Jaime Kuligowski and Claire Pioch, Faculty Member Veronica Riha and Co-Director of the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue, S Nancy Marie Jamroz attended the Interfaith Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) from August 5-7 in Chicago, IL.

After the keynote address by Eboo Patel, founder of the IFYC, interactive dialogue exercises, training sessions and planning strategies fostering interfaith dialogue engaged the nearly 300 participants during the weekend.

A highlight of the conference was the participation of the group in the 50th anniversary observance of the Thousand Mile Walk on Saturday morning. Tracing the steps of Martin Luther King and 700 walkers who, in 1966, were met by 5000 Chicago residents throwing bottles and stones, the conference participants heard community leaders express recognition and gratitude to the walkers who called for a stop to redlining and for providing better, affordable housing for people of color.

According to Sister Nancy, the Workshop emphasized means to strategize learnings: to VOICE, ENGAGE, ACT in interfaith work and to realize that moving forward, more is gained by remembering that we are better together.

Opportunities for the Madonna University campus community to engage in interfaith dialogue will be offered throughout the year.