We wish to share some upcoming events for the spring and summer months, as well as two important papal events: World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 and World Youth Day in Warsaw in Summer 2016.  Save the date!

MAY 2015

A Concert in Honor of the Year of Consecrated Life:
Ecce Sponsus: a Song for the Bridegroom”
Sunday, May 3rd, at 5:00pm


A schola of our sisters will be performing an array of Gregorian and polyphonic pieces written or arranged by female religious.  These featured composers include the 9th century Byzantine contemplative Kassia (Kassiani the Hymnographer), St. Hildegard Von Bingen (1098-1179), works from the Las Huelgas Codex (c. 1300), Vittoria Aleotti (1575-1620) and Chiara Cozzolani (1601-1678).  By virtue of their consecration, these women’s compositions were essentially expressions of a personal and lived encounter with Christ the Spouse.



DATE and TIME: Sunday, May 3, at 5:00pm
LOCATION: Holy Comforter-St. Cyrian Church, 1357 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC.
Parking for the event is available at the parish parking lot next to to convent behind the Center City Public Charter School on East Capitol, entrance between 15th and 16th street.
ADMISSION: free;  CDs of the selections will be available with a suggested donation.

For more information contact Sr. Mary Mother of Faith.
Tel: 240-476-0898
Email: nov.kateritekakwitha@servidoras.org

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IVE Universitas: Days of Catholic Formation for University Students and Young Adults (ages 18-35)
Sunday, May 24 – Thursday, May 28
St. Patrick’s Retreat Center, Upstate New York

Last year’s promotional video to give you an idea (but these are not the exact same dates!)

Take a break between the end of classes and the beginning of summer internships for a few days in the Catskills with other young Catholic students and young adults.  IVE Priests and seminarians together with our sisters offer young Catholics some days for human, intellectual, spiritual and apostolic formation in an atmosphere of friendship and Christian joy.  Schedule includes daily Mass, Adoration, talks and opportunities for hiking and sports.  Early-bird special:  Spiritual Exercises offered on-site May 18-21, ahead of the Youth Festival.
Learn more: iveuniversitas.weebly.com

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15th Annual IVE Youth Festival 2015: Fun and Faith for High School Students
Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend)
St. Patrick’s Retreat Center, Upstate New York
Registration through your local IVE parish or your seminarian / sister contact.


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IVE Ordinations to the Priesthood and the Diaconate
Saturday, May 30, 2015
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

We invite you to share in the joy and wonder of the celebration of the sacrament of holy orders.  For all the faithful, the priest ushers us into the life of grace through baptism, stands at the altar to offer sacrifice, and waits in the confessional to bring us Christ’s mercy in the confessional.  Witnessing an ordination is an unforgettable experience.  Please pray for our IVE seminarians and transitional deacons as they prepare to receive this gift and commission to become Alter Christus, “another Christ.”

Holy Mass in the Convent Chapel


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Visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families
September 22-27, 2015

St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Beretta Molla are the two official patron saints of the event.
Find out if your local parish or diocese is planning to bring a group, or sign-up on-line yourselves!  Also, please pray for the fruits of this event and for the Synod for the Family in Rome.


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 SUMMER 2016

XXX World Youth Day in Krakow! “Blessed Are the Merciful” Matthew 5:7


Pope Francis’ message for the Thirtieth World Youth Day

The Official Hymn, first performed publicly on January 6, 2015


Learn about joining the IVE Pilgrimage for 2016 World Youth Day in Poland and Onward to Rome!  Registration is open!
E-mail your own questions to ivewyd2016@gmail.com

World Youth Day will take place in Kraków, Poland, from Tuesday, July 26, to Sunday, July 31, 2016. The schedule of central events at WYD 2016 will follow the traditional pattern as previous World Youth Days:

Tuesday, July 26: Opening Mass with Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Kraków
Thursday, July 28: Welcome Ceremony for the Holy Father, Pope Francis
Friday, July 29: Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) with Pope Francis
Saturday, July 30: Evening Vigil with Pope Francis
Sunday, July 31: Concluding Mass with Pope Francis