August  22, 2016 --- Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 235th day of the year

Yesterday three of us Sisters spent about 5 hours out at the Little Falls Golf Course.  Mary of Lourdes Schools sponsored the tournament to support the local Catholic Schools.  It was a beautiful day to be out doors—bright sunshine, a cool breeze, beautiful green grounds, good companionship and golfers having a lot of fun for a good cause.  There was a healthy prize offered for any golfer who would get a hole-in-one.  (No one collected the prize.)  We sat near a hole to verify if someone got a hole-in-one.

This noon a Lutheran Pastor, Jeff Brown, n/OLF, told us about Lutheran Franciscans.  I never knew there were Lutheran Franciscans—had never even thought about it.  So, today I learned something new!  The little sheet of paper with more information says, “We’re an ELCA-based modern religious order, that seeks to blend the spirituality and life-style of Francis of Assisi with ELCA Lutheran theology and practice.”  Their website is: www.lutheranfranciscans.org.  It was a most informative talk.

Last Wednesday we had our own local Motherhouse Fair.  Sisters and others brought their items for display.  Folks do some beautiful handiwork.

The Nursing Symposium participants meet here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, this week.  They come from all parts of Minnesota.  I’m so glad they like meeting here.

We have two celebrations this coming Sunday.  At the 8:30 a.m. Mass the new group of Franciscan Community Volunteers will be commissioned.  And then in the afternoon we will have an Open House to celebrate Sister Adella Blonigen’s 90th birthday.

I want to show you a picture of the new State Bird.

That’s all for this week.
Peace and blessings on you and on those you love.
God bless you.

Sister Mary Lou


August 15, 2016                   Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed  Virgin Mary

Today is the 100th Birthday of Sister Bernarda Sanoski.  We had a big party for her yesterday.  Congratulations, Sister.  May God continue to bless and care for you.  Here are a few pictures from the day.  The family gave this beautiful vestment  to the Franciscan Sisters in honor of Sr. Bernarda.

Yesterday I went to the 8:30. Mass at West Union, MN.  Father Norbert Gans, originally from West Union, was the presider at the Mass and was celebrating his 60th Ordination anniversary as a Trappist Priest.  He’s spent 56 of these years as a missionary in Chile.

Bishop Taban from South Sudan—Peace Village, was presider at our Feast Day Eucharist this morning.  The 80 year-old Bishop joined us for lunch and then talked to us about what he and his group is doing to bring peace to groups in South Sudan, a region known for cattle raiding, civil war and other conflicts.  His message is: “Peace be with you…violence should be avoided.  Violence cannot solve our problems.  Violence gives birth to violence and not to PEACE.  We pray for the unknown, pray for what is beyond our human capacity.  Only God is eternally perfect, Who knows all things and Who lasts forever.  Let us love one another, as God loves us.  Let us stop killing human beings for POWER, and for the WORLDLY WEALLTH.”

Caught  in the act…when I returned to my room after lunch today, I saw Sisters Bernarda, Maureen and Annella very busily folding towels for use here on second floor.

Archives pulled out this picture from August 1, 2006, after a string of days of very hot weather when some Sisters fried and egg on the hot sidewalk!

We had about 4 ½ inches of rain last Thursday.  Our sandy soil can take that much rain, but for many place that much rain caused some big problems.

Have a good week.
Peace and blessings,

Sister Mary Lou