Sunday, April 28th the Church celebrated the Fifth Sunday of Easter, leading us all into a deeper encounter with the Risen Christ.  The date itself also marks the feast of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716), one of our favorite saints in the great Communion of the Saints.  We invite you to visit our Catholic Culture page dedicated to him and his influence on our Religious Family, especially forming our Fourth Marian Vow of total consecration: Totus tuus sum, Maria!  

Monday, April 29th saw the feast of the great Dominican Doctor of the Church St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380).  She is the patroness of our Juniorate in San Rafael, Argentina, the first house of studies established for the newly professed sisters in our Institute.  This year, twenty-two novices professed their first vows on her feast day, an apt welcome to their new period of formation in the Juniorate “Santa Catalina”! (The academic year in the Southern Hemisphere runs from March to December—so it is currently only six weeks into the “fall semester 2013”.) Congratulations, Sisters!

The whole Church honored St. Joseph this Wednesday, May 1st, as “St. Joseph the Worker”.  Seeking to redirect the Communist “May Day” workers’ celebrations of the first of May, Pope Pius XII established this feast day in 1955 to let the Church’s voice share in honoring all workers, but under the patronage and model of St. Joseph, the original “Carpenter of Nazareth”, instead of the hammer and sickle.  Our sisters in Arequipa, Peru rejoiced with St. Joseph, special patron of our institute, during the Mass that day in which four sisters professed first vows.  One of the newly professed, Sr. Mary Temple of the Holy Spirit, is our second vocation from Guyana—a country which forms part of our Province of the Immaculate Conception.  In a special way, we congratulate her!  “Felicitaciónes” also to her classmates!  Pray for us St. Joseph!