March 8 -14, 2019 is Catholic Sisters’ Week. There are thousands of Catholic Sisters who are involved in a wide variety of ministries ranging from teaching, nursing, social service and everything in between. This week calls attention to Sisters in the Catholic Church of which the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, are a part. The Sisters of St. Francis are currently involved in teaching, health care, parish work and social justice causes. We celebrate this week with joy in service to the people of God wherever and whenever needed. Pope Francis mentioned the role joy places in the lives of consecrated women in the Catholic Church and the world today.
“The world today is in need of this: that joy that arises from the encounter with Christ in a life of personal and community prayer, in daily listening to the Word, in the encounter with brothers and sisters, in a happy and fraternal life in the community, including fragility, and in the embrace of the flesh of Christ in the poor. Prophets of a joy that is born of feeling loved and therefore forgiven.”
“Joy is beautiful reality in the life of many consecrated persons, but it is also a great challenge for all of us,” he said, adding “authentic joy, not self-referential or complacent, is the most credible witness of a full life.”
He emphasized his point about joy, saying “this joy that fills your hearts and manifests itself on your faces will lead you to go out to the peripheries, participating in the joy of the Church, that is evangelization.”
We invite you to celebrate our dedication to evangelization and the bringing of the joy and love of God to all people this week.