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Meditation: Palm Sunday and Holy Week (March 29-April 4)
March 26, 2015 7:30 AM

“Because of this, God greatly exalted him.” Philippians 2:9

During the holiest week of the Church year, we are reminded that because Jesus humbled himself, he was exalted by God.

As I ponder Jesus’ time on this earth, I feel that his humility was expressed by knowing his call to forgive, by loving others even when it was difficult, by standing up for fairness and by listening, caring, and showing compassion. Most of all, he depended on God to see him through life’s challenges. Jesus was a servant and chose to do what he asked of others. He was focused on God, his Father, and he trusted God to give him the strength he needed.

Jesus was exalted by the miraculous power of God, the power entering him that is beyond him as being human. We experience this power of the Resurrection in our lives as we empty ourselves and become humble in the way see Jesus did.

Together, let us ponder the ways Jesus became humble so that we too may by the power of God be exalted.


Posted By Sister Marilyn McCormick, OSF
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Meditation: Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 22)
March 19, 2015 9:18 AM

“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” John 12:20

Here are three stories from people I know who believe they have seen Jesus in others.

First: “My prayer partner and I have a holy hour at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, every Tuesday at 11 a.m. When my prayer partner’s husband comes to take us home, he asks if I need to stop at the store for something. They do this every week, and I am grateful.”

Second: “My cousin was in a motorcycle accident and was devastated because of his leg was amputated. His brother spent three weeks with him and listened to his needs along with praying with him and his wife. My cousin said that he couldn’t have made it without his help.”

Third: “My cousin and his wife cared for more than 100 foster children over the years.”

Lent gives us the opportunity to look beyond the obvious to see that Jesus is present in so many people through their actions. Let us expand the opportunity and look in the mirror and recognize that Jesus is in us. Let us be mindful of being present to others because we are created in God’s image. May our actions reflect that.


Posted By Sister Helene Schneider, OSF
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New Leadership Team is elected and installed
March 15, 2015 5:36 PM

(Pictured: Sisters Rosily Menachery, Provincial Councilor, Maureen O'Connor, Provincial Superior, Sherrey Murphy, General Superior, Christa Maria Frie, General Vicaress, Trudy O'Connor, Provincial Vicaress, and Janice Schneider, Provincial Councilor)

The Provincial Council of the American Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis was installed at a Eucharistic Liturgy this morning in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Sisters welcomed Sister Maureen O’Connor, OSF, Provincial Superior; Sister Trudy O’Connor, OSF, Provincial Vicaress; Sister Rosily Menachery, OSF, Provincial Councilor; and Sister Janice Schneider, OSF, Provincial Councilor, who will serve from 2015-19.

The Provincial Superior represents the American Province of the Hospital Sisters, its establishments and interests while responsible for directing the Province in spiritual life and its ministries. The Provincial Vicaress assists the Provincial in the Province business and in the absence of the Provincial Superior, she assumes her responsibilities. The two Provincial Councilors, together with the Superior and Vicaress, form the leadership team that directs the Province business. In addition, the Provincial Superior and her Council serve as Members of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach in which they have Reserved Powers.

The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is an international congregation of Franciscan Sisters founded in Germany in 1844 and their Provinces include Germany, Poland, USA, Japan, and India. The American Province, based in Springfield, IL, was founded in 1875 when Sisters from Germany arrived and began a healthcare ministry. The Province continues as a significant provider of Catholic health care services through sponsorship of: 14 hospitals throughout Illinois and Wisconsin through HSHS, a mission in Tanzania, and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach – a medical equipment and supply recovery and redistribution program. In 2007, the Province opened Chiara Center – a retreat and conference center.


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Sister Maureen is elected
March 15, 2015 5:17 PM

Sister Maureen O'Connor was elected Provincial Superior for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Maureen is a native of Springfield, IL, and graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marillac College, St. Louis, MO, a master’s degree in nursing from University of Colorado Denver, and an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2007-15, she served as Provincial Vicaress and on the HSHS Board of Directors. From 1988 to 2007, she served as the Provincial Secretary/Treasurer, and prior to that, she worked as a registered nurse at Province sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Presently, she serves on the ASC Health Board of Directors, St. Louis. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1968.

Provincial Superiors of the American Province

Mother Angelica Ratte (1875-79)
Mother Ulrika Busch (1879-87)
Mother Macaria Rottkamper (1887-95)
Mother Paula Speckhart (1895-1905)
Mother Marciana Willebrand (1905-24)
Mother Afra Schmedtjann (1924-33)
Mother Magdalene Wiedlocher (1933-52)
Mother Canisia Kettman (1952-58)
Mother Ludwina Kraus (1958-63)
Mother Noel Bruseke (1964-70)
Sister Clarella Smits (1970-73)
Sister Marianna Kosior (1973-79)
Sister Frances Elizabeth Schmitz (1979-82)
Sister M. Paulette Collings (1982-88)
Sister Mary Ann Minor (1988-94)
Sister Bernadine Gutowski (1995-99)
Sister Joan Winkler (1999-2007)
Sister Jomary Trstensky (2007-15)
Sister Maureen O’Connor (2015-19)

On this historic day, eight Provincial Superiors gathered for a photograph. Seated: Sisters Marianna, Frances Elizabeth, Paulette, and Joan; standing: Sisters Mary Ann, Bernadine, Jomary, and Maureen.


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Sister Trudy is elected
March 15, 2015 5:13 PM

Sister Trudy O'Connor was elected Provincial Vicaress for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Trudy is a native of O’Fallon, IL, and a graduate of St. John's Hospital School of Nursing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marillac College, St. Louis, MO, a master’s degree in education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in nursing from Rush University, Chicago. She has served as a nurse and manager at sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin and St. Francis Convent, Springfield, and clinical instructor at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing. From 2011-15, she served as Provincial Councilor and on the HSHS Board of Directors. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1959.


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Sister Rosily is elected
March 15, 2015 5:11 PM

Sister Rosily Menachery was elected Provincial Councilor for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Rosily is a native of Meladoor, Kerala, India, and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Quincy University, Quincy, IL and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO. Presently, she works as a chaplain at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Indian Region of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1984 and served as Regional Superior from 1998-2001. She transferred to the American Province in 2008.

 


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Sister Janice is elected
March 15, 2015 5:08 PM

Sister Janice Scheider was elected Provincial Councilor for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Janice is a native of Olney, IL and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Illinois at Springfield, a master’s degree in business administration from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI, and a master of arts in health care mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Since 2007, she has served as Provincial Secretary/Treasurer and prior to that served in accounting at Province sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors of HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1992.

 


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Meditation: Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 15)
March 12, 2015 7:58 AM


Lent can be an experience of coming into the Light of self-knowledge, the foundation of our spiritual growth, and John 3:17 tells us the Good News that God “does not condemn us” but wants each of us to embrace the Light.

Carl Jung’s popular concept of the “shadow self” (that part of our person that we wish we were not) can be the beginning place of our spiritual journey. While I may hold some attributes of my personality in a dark place and fear they will be revealed in the Light, sometimes they can make my day very uncomfortable.

John speaks in today’s reading of allowing the truth of who I am to be revealed to others as a sign of the goodness and love of God that is within me. I can learn to recognize my “shadow self” by noticing how I react to persons and situations. Tension and stress can be experienced when I encounter opposite opinions from my own, conflicting ways to accomplish a goal, and personality differences. Having a spiritual director and reading spiritual materials can bring Light and Truth into my relationship with Jesus and others.

Let us pray for one another so that we may walk in the awareness that in Jesus “we will not be condemned.” In John 8:12, Jesus proclaims “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness but will have eternal life” … a life that has its beginnings here on earth in our daily encounters and will lead us into the Light when our appointed time arrives.


Posted By Sister Ann Mathieu, OSF
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Meditation: Third Sunday of Lent (March 8)
March 4, 2015 7:21 AM

The Gospel today reveals an angry Jesus whose presence in the temple becomes a confrontation with Jews who are seeking to kill Him. The disciples understood this event later when they read from Psalm 93, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Jesus’ entrance in the temple was met with the clamor and noise of sellers and animals. The usually gentle Jesus made a whip out of cord, drove them out, and overturned the money changers’ tables. “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”

We are glad to see Jesus angry since here in the holiest of temples, merchants were making the service of supplying animals needed for sacrifice into a business of greed and injustice. The Jews, unable to accept Jesus as the Son of God, asked for a sign. Jesus’ response was “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” While He spoke of His death and resurrection, the Jews could not know that because they were too intent on his death.

As followers of Jesus, we must defy anyone or anything that stands in the way of true worship. We have chosen to live as Jesus did and we strive to rise with Him. Lent is a time to ask if Jesus can count on our worship and ask ourselves if we respect places and times of worship, and the temple of our bodies. Do we share His zeal for His Father by reverencing those in whom He dwells? If Jesus finds that kind of worship in us, we will truly have a blessed Easter.


Posted By Sister Frances Elizabeth Schmitz, OSF
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Meditation: Second Sunday of Lent (March 1)
February 26, 2015 7:55 AM

“…Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves..” Mark 9:2

This week we are called to enter more deeply into the message and meaning of this special season. Perhaps we are going to be asked to be open and ready to be called apart to a quiet place, alone with Jesus, to hear his heavenly voice like Peter, James and John when we may experience hearing “This is my beloved Son, hear Him.”

In our reflective listening, we want to be open to hearing Jesus calling us to love him more deeply by reaching out to the sick, poor, and neglected; touching the heart of those who feel they have nothing to live for or that life has no value—issues before us.

In our reflective silence, will we hear Jesus asking us to spend more time in prayer, be open to and willing to make more sacrifices and give attention to the needs of others? It seems so simple, but it is so powerful when we put into action the love for Jesus.

With Pope Francis we ask the Lord, “Make our hearts like yours...we have a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.”


Posted By Sister M. Paulette Collings, OSF
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Meditation: Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18) and First Sunday of Lent (Feb. 22)
February 16, 2015 8:14 AM


The word “Lent” comes from an ancient concept meaning springtime. Just as we experience new life and growth in spring, our Church wisely initiated a period called Lent as the preparation time for those who desired entrance into the Church. During this time, they were expected to  prepare themselves by means of good works, prayers and fasting. Realizing that we are in need of conversion, we accept the challenge of these Lenten practices, as far as we are able, in order to sharpen our spiritual focus and deepen and strengthen our relationship with God.

This week’s readings give us a powerful example of Christ seeking strength and deepening his relationship with his Father. A picture I viewed recently called “Christ in the desert” shows a very human, weary man weighed down by the prospect of the mission His Father has prepared for him. His Father had the Spirit, not the devil, drive Christ into the desert so he could focus on his relationship as Christ would freely chose to embrace God’s plan. The Spirit gives us similar choices in our lives. We need this strong relationship with our God in order to make the right choices.

When we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, we hear the words: “Turn away from sin and  believe the Gospel.” St. Francis knew that Christ had come primarily to show us how to know  and love His Father as he learned by reading the Gospel message Jesus had taught and by  living it fully. Christ and the Spirit invite us to do the same. Let us begin.

 


Posted By Sister Annice McClure, OSF
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