November 1, 2017     Feast of All Saints

We have an interesting crew of “characters” around the building yesterday. They bring smiles to lots of faces.

Our week of Community Meetings is now over. We gather again in February 2018. What do I carry with me? I carry a sense of gratitude for the 16 women who founded our Community and a sense of gratitude for the 124 women who now make up our Franciscan Community. 

One day when I was distracted, I took the word “assembly” and found 34 words using the letters in that word!  Now isn’t that profound?

Sister Helen Hassler, age 83, went on to her new life in heaven the first day of our gathering, October 21, 2017. Her funeral was at 3 p.m. the last day of our meetings.  I am sure she was watching over us each day.

I fund this poem among my treasures:


On the table, side by side
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
One is well worn, but the other cherished with pride.
Not the Bible, but the TV Guide.

One is used daily to help folks decide.
No! It isn’t the Bible, it’s the TV Guide.
As pages are turned, what shall we see?
Oh, what does it matter?  Turn on the TV.
So they open the book in which they confide.
No.  Not the Bible, it’s the TV Guide.
The word of God is seldom read.
Maybe a verse when they fall into bed.
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be.
Not from reading the Bible, but watching TV.

So then back to the table, side by side
Are the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, No time for the Word.
The Plan of Salvation is seldom heard.
Forgiveness of sin, so full and free,
Is found in the Bible, not on TV.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow we have a Blood Drive going on. Our goal is 220 units.
We are grateful for all those generous people who come to share the gift of life.
Today is the Feast of All Saints. Happy Day to all you living Saints of God.
Thursday we remember in prayer all the Faithful Departed on  All Souls Day.

Today we had many wonderful volunteers come and help us stuff envelops for the Christmas Appeal.

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday. Set clocks back.

Next week is National Vocation Awareness Week. If you are not sure what that means, google it.

Peace and blessings,

Sister Mary Lou


August 30, 2017

For a quick second, I wondered what I would write about today. One look at the bulletin board and I had plenty of items.

August is almost over…and soon the new school year starts for many students…but not for those students in the hurricane area in Texas, if they even have a school left for them to attend. I cannot imagine such devastation. For them we pray.

Sister Mary Alice Doll, age 96 and a Franciscan Sister for 75 years, died Saturday morning, August 26. 2017. Sister Alice was Director of Religious Education for the Saint Cloud Diocese for many years. As an example of her influence, when she began her diocesan ministry only 15 parishes had a religious education director while at the time of her retirement, 74 parishes had developed religious education programs. Her Franciscan Wake is at 7 p.m. this evening and the Mass of Christian Burial is tomorrow, August 31st, at 11 a.m. Sisters had been sitting with her during the night for several days before she died. During the day, her niece, Patty Doll, stayed with her. Eternal Life give to her, O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

Sister Alice was also a gifted artist. She drew pictures for the Stations of the Cross that line the pathway to the cemetery. Here are a couple of her paintings.

We had another very successful American Red Cross blood drive here Monday and Tuesday. We collected 196 units of blood. God bless and care for all the generous donors and the staff who worked the drive.

Another note on the bulletin board asks us to pray for a donor, Greg, who will have a bone marrow transplant tomorrow (31st). The donor is a 100% match and lives in Germany. That takes teamwork between doctors, pilots and others to carry that off! For Greg it is a matter of life and death. Again, let us pray for the success of this endeavor.

I’ve been watching the news about hurricane Harvey. Thank you to all who are helping out there.  The need is great. One news article said that in a 1927 hurricane the Mississippi River was 600 miles wide. Could that be true?

Yesterday our friend, Larry Anderson, from Morris, brought us 585 pounds of cabbage. That will make lots of coleslaw and sauerkraut! God bless you, Larry.

Last week, the folks in the Development Office sent out a bulk mailing of 3,000+ appeal letters. The proceeds from this appeal will benefit our Franciscan Ministries. Because of your generosity and love of the Gospel, we are able to provide assistance and care to people who are poor, marginalized and forgotten. Again, we are praying for all our generous donors. Thank you.

How about this for a beautiful tray of little tomatoes from our convent garden.

While filling in for lunch-break this noon, I picked up the little book from the Music Center that describes their many offerings. They have a staff of 26 people and offer many types of lessons:  piano, organ, guitar, music therapy, violin, viola, brass ensemble, orchestra, cello,  bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, gymnastics, dance, voice, theory, accordion, percussion, etc. Sister Cecilia Schmitt was instrumental in establishing the Music Center 38 years ago.

That’s enough for this week.

God bless and continue to care for you.

Sister Mary Lou