Celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week – March 8-14, 2014

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An awesome week celebrating the lives and legacy of Catholic Sisters in the United States will kick off at St. Katherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 8. The project is made possible by a grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation which also gave a grant to the National Catholic Reporter for a global reporting project about women religious. The Foundation’s vision is to create a movement that ignites national awareness around the lives and profound contributions of sisters, inspiring girls and women to be open to a call to religious life.

Adrian Dominican Sister Mary Soher who is helping lead the project explains that there are so many ways of being a sister, different community charisms, ministries and locations. This week of focus on sisters is a way to encourage people to highlight sisters they know and show what they have done. Maybe women who have a call to religious life will discover there is a community out there for them.

The IHM Sisters join in this week’s celebration with joy and gratitude for our call to share the good news of the Gospel as religious sisters.

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Immigration Reform from the Heart of God

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Every night before dinner Sr. Agnes Anderson and I, along with many IHMs and Associates, pray the following prayer as part of our pledge to fast, pray and advocate for forty days for immigration reform. Our congregation invited us to join this initiative sponsored by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. The prayer is so beautiful I’ve been wanting to share it with you.

Heart of God, full of mercy, watch over our sister and brother immigrants.
Protect them from harm even as they suffer mistreatment and humiliations on their way.
Touch our hearts as we see them pass by.
Break open our hearts to embrace them and the gift that they are to our communities.

Heart of God, full of compassion, give our brothers and sisters in Congress the gift of compassion. Open their eyes to the pain and longing of those affected by their decisions.
Give them wisdom as they struggle to repair our unjust immigration system.
Break open their hearts to embrace the dreams of our immigrant parents, siblings, and friends.


Heart of God, full of love, we give you glory for all the blessings you have given us.

Help us to share those blessings with others that we may all know that you are a God of mercy, a God of compassion, a God of love.Break open our hearts that we might embrace the challenge to build a land, a nation, a community where all are welcome.

If you’d like more information go to http://fastaction.us/

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New kind of Come and See

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Called to Serve? Come and See!

Over the years women participating in our Come and See weekends wanted to experience sisters’ ministries. We listened, so this year we’re excited about including time to give service together. We IHMs are eager to pray, learn, form community, share and do service with you at Earthworks and the Capuchin Center in Detroit as well. Join us for a great weekend. 

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Good discernment resource


Do I go to grad school? Whom should I marry? Should I change careers? Am I called to religious life? All of us have important decisions to make–decisions that radically alter our lives.  Yet without a sound process in place for making key decisions, we are likely to to question whether or not our final decision was a good decision. Can we feel confident that our decision  was truly what God desired for us.

For those who truly want to make their decisions with God, What’s Your Decision? is a tremendous resource.  The authors provide clear principles and steps for good discernment and show that is not just a technique for making decisions, but rather a rich way of living our lives. They encourage us, “We don’t need to have it all together to make sound decisions. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t need to be deterred by imperfect knowledge and murky circumstances. If we are earnestly seeking God we won’t go far wrong.”