This morning we had a Mass for Peace in our Chapel. Bishop Donald Kettler is having a Mass for Peace at the St. Cloud Cathedral of St. Mary today, also. The songs at Mass were all about peace and healing. With so much war and fighting and hurt in our world, it is so necessary for all of us to pray and work for peace.
At the end of Mass Yesterday, Sr. Susan lead us in a blessing for Sr. Mary Hrosikoski and Sr. Ange Mayers who will moving to our mission in Monterrey, Mexico. They will be forming community with Sisters Isabel Berrones and Sister Janice Wiechman. We wish them God’s blessings in their new home.
We had a one-day Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday. Wow! Our goal was 121 and we got 152 units of blood. They even had to turn away a couple walk-ins because there wasn’t time to take everyone. God bless all who came to share the gift of life.
On August 24th the parish of St Bartholomew in Maracay, Venezuela, started a Jubilee Year to celebrating its 50th anniversary. Nine of our Sisters: (Sisters Rita Barthel, Ruth Nistler, Joan Gerads, Agnes Soenneker, Jean Yoerg, Maurita Bernet, Audrey Loher, Cheryl Biever, Loretts Denfeld) served in that parish from 1967 to 1986. During Vatican Council II, in the early 1960s, our Bishop Peter Bartholome (1953-1968) met the Bishop of Venezuela who said, “I desperately need help.” It was after that that St. Cloud Diocese started sending missionaries to Maracay, Venezuela. Father James Minette and Father Mark Willengring were two of the first priests to start the new parish.
I’ve been praying for students and teachers these days. May you all have a wonderful year.
Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou