I'm thankful for the missionary adventure 2017

Let them offer a sacrifice in thanks, recount his works with shouts of joy.  Psalm 107: 22

This year once again our Religious Family gathered across the Province and around the world (wherever American sisters and priests were found!) to give thanks to God for the good things He has given to our nation and to our families during the past year.

Missions in the US

Here in the US from East Coast to West Coast turkeys and stuffing made the day complete! Below you can follow the celebrations from New York (Apostolic and Contemplative!) to Philadelphia, out to Avondale, PA, and down to the “farm” where the sisters of the Houses of Formation gathered in Maryland.

(More photos from around the Province)

Apostolic sisters and priests gather with the Provincial superiors in New York.

Apostolic sisters and priests gather with the Provincial superiors in New York.

Provincial Superior Fr. Alberto Barattero, IVE carves the turkey!

Provincial Superior Fr. Alberto Barattero, IVE carves the turkey!

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Our Contemplative Sisters at St Edith Stein Monastery in Brooklyn give thanks!

Our Contemplative Sisters at St Edith Stein Monastery in Brooklyn give thanks!

IVE priests with SSVM sisters and friends and family celebrate in Philadelphia.

IVE priests with SSVM sisters and friends and family celebrate in Philadelphia.

Turkey in Avondale, PA!

Turkey in Avondale, PA!

Thanksgiving in Avondale.

Thanksgiving in Avondale.

Juniorate Sisters prep the turkey in Washington, DC.

Juniorate Sisters prep the turkey in Washington, DC.

Houses of Formation sit down together in Maryland with sisters from the Provincial House.

Houses of Formation sit down together in Maryland with sisters from the Provincial House.

Turkey on the Farm...

Turkey on the Farm…

Florida IVE and SSVM missionaries celebrate Thanksgiving with especially grateful hearts after this hurricane season.

Florida IVE and SSVM missionaries celebrate Thanksgiving with especially grateful hearts after this hurricane season.

California missionaries cook Mid-Western style sides!

California missionaries cook Mid-Western style sides!

IVE priests join in the celebration at Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara, California.

IVE priests join in the celebration at Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara, California.

Walking off the turkey during an outing in California.

Walking off the turkey during an outing in California.

Thanksgiving in Guyana (South America)!

Thanksgiving in Guyana (South America)!

Thanksgiving Celebrations in Italy

A large number of American missionary sisters not only live in Italy to study, but also as missionaries in philosophical publications, academic studies, provincial work, web-master and serving on our General Council.  Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart Gaes, SSVM (Maryland) serves as our Vicar General, and Mother Mary Mother of Mercy McDunnough, SSVM (New York) also serves on the General Council.

All the American sisters worked to get the meal together and were able to celebrate in Rome with a number of IVE priests and other sisters who had been long-time missionaries in the United States.  Many reasons to give thanks!

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M. Sacred Heart works on the turkey.

M. Sacred Heart works on the turkey.

Rows of pie in Rome!

Rows of pie in Rome!

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Swedish fish prepared by a Wisconsin sister: a must-have!

Swedish fish prepared by a Wisconsin sister: a must-have!

More photos of the preparation work for Thanksgiving in Italy.

Finally everything is ready for the meal itself!

IVE and SSVM American sisters and long-time missionaries in Rome.

IVE and SSVM American sisters and long-time missionaries in Rome.

Many guests to celebrate in Rome.

Many guests to celebrate in Rome.

American songs after pie!

American songs after pie!

God Bless to all!!!

God Bless to all!!!

See even more photos from the Procura in Rome.

Blessings to you and yours!  Hope your Thanksgivings went well!  Let us give thanks and unite in prayer for our nation!