GNSHappenings-February edition

Written on: March 1, 2018

Project Compassion

We have more “You’ve Been Caught” cards available and hope you have found opportunities to distribute them in your daily comings and goings.  If you were wondering how they’d be received, Sister Anne Boyer relayed the following story:

I gave a “you were caught…” card to one of my transport girls (high school)….Lisa was so pleased with it that next time I saw her, she showed me that she had put it on her phone. She said, “I really like this.”

Diaper Drive

Another Project Compassion effort in February was to collect diapers and baby wipes for young, single mom’s who are being cared for by Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia at St. Vincent’s Home. Through the generosity of our office staff, Sisters, GNSH Associates and the folks we share office space with in our headquarters, we were able to collect 56 packets of baby wipes and 3,968 baby diapers! Below a few pictures of the collection…


Sister Barbara Harrington, in conjunction with her ministry at the local parish is participating in the preparation process for V Encuentro, a national consultation of the Bishops with Catholic Hispanics. Locally in Buffalo there was a Parish Encuentro. Next month, the Diocesan level, then regional (all of New York State) and, finally the National Encuentro. Please keep these discussions in your prayers as Dioceses and Archdioceses progress through the  listening and gathering process.

Sister Ellie Martinez will offer an afternoon program, 12 Steps for Everyone: How and Why They Work in Everyday Life on March 3 from 12:30 to 3:30 at Sacred Heart Center. The program is designed to be a positive approach to full and healthy living. Flyer

Young At Heart at D’Youville: A day of reflection and prayer presented by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and Friends will take place on March 24, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. To register or for more information, please contact Arlene.  Flyer   All are welcome!

Eco-Spirituality Weekend

The planning committee met in person and by phone recently to begin preparations. The Retreat will take place in Clark’s Summit, PA on June 22 to 24. This year’s retreat will be the 20th annual effort to learn, pray, discuss and plan actions on behalf of our environment. The retreat is open to all. For more information, please contact Sister Sheila Stone.

Pictured here: Mary Jane Key, GNSH Associate with Sisters Barbara Harrington and Sheila Stone. Peggy Devaney, GNSH Associate joined in by phone!

North to Alaska! (Read more here)

While others head South to escape the cold, Sisters Diane Bardol and  Ceil Cosgrove took a short jaunt to Kodiak, AK  from Feb. 16-24. During their time, Sister Diane, virtually a native, showed Sister Ceil, the newbie, the highlights of this amazing area. In addition to some sightseeing and fun, they also gave a retreat for St. Mary’s Parish, met the students including a tour of their school, participated in a showing  and discussion of Cracking the Codes, and presented to the medical staff and others at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center on the mission and history of the GNSH in Kodiak and our connection to the charism of St. Marguerite.  Certainly a working trip, with just a little fun thrown in! Thank you Sisters for keeping our connections to Kodiak alive and growing! View some photos here.

One thought on “GNSHappenings-February edition

  1. Patricia Burke Crapo says:

    I am delighted to find out that your sisters are still in contact with people at the hospital in Kodiak and just returned home from a visit there. Sister Mary Ellen, a.k.a. Sister Mary Leo, told my family and me so many stories from her time spent there. She taught my father, John Burke, at St. Canicus School in Mahanoy City, PA, when he was in the eighth grade in the mid 1930s. When my father turned 75, my husband and I picked Sister Mary Ellen up in Yardley and took her down to Maryland to a surprise birthday party for him. She was the best and biggest surprise to him. Even after my dad passed away in ‘88, my mother and I stayed in touch with Sister Mary Ellen and visited her in Yardley a couple of more times. Sister Mary Ellen, by the way, gave my father advice when he was 13 that changed the way he lived his life. She told him to stop being a follower and to be a leader. Anyway, I am very happy to learn that you are still in touch with the people in Kodiak.

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