Written on: July 11, 2018
On Friday afternoon, June 8 we gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart at the Sisters of St. Basil Spiritual Center. Rev. Christopher Looby, nephew of Sister Mary Elizabeth, was our celebrant. Arrangements were made to bring our Sisters from Holy Redeemer Lafayette by bus and it was wonderful to have so many of them with us. The newly elected leadership council was present for the celebration, along with Philadelphia area Sisters, employees and Grey Nun Associates. Following the liturgy, a delicious supper was served.
In Buffalo, a celebration for the Feast was held in the Holy Angels Chapel of D’Youville College, followed by supper. A collection was held to benefit Genessee-Orleans Ministry of Concern.
Pictures of both celebrations are available here.
Concerts at Holy Redeemer Lafayette
On Thursday June 21, The Lafayette Chorus held a concert which featured our Sisters singing, “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story. Sisters Kay Healy, Mary Charlotte Barton, Anne Boyer, Bernadtte Lalonde and Eileen Murray are members of the chorus.
When Sister Mary Denis Woods died in 2016, according to her wishes, her body was donated to science. A short while ago, her cremains were returned to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart for burial. With nearly 20 family members, and Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart the ceremony took place on June 2, 2018. Read more here
Early on Saturday morning, June 23, Fr. Jack Nevins, affectionately known as “Rev Nev” went home to his loving God. Family and close friends were able to say their goodbye’s during his brief stay in Hospice care. On Thursday June 28, at his viewing and funeral liturgy his reach was in great evidence. Many were surprised to see old colleagues and friends and there was a constant chorus of “How did you know Jack?”
Pictured here in his green jacket is how we’d like to remember him. Thank you, Rev, for your service to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart as our chaplain for almost 10 years.
The effort to Circle the Cities in prayer will take place again this year on Sunday July 29. As last year, this event will take place in cities across our country, and around the world. Silence is powerful. By harnessing the power of silence and prayer, we hope to spread a feeling of peace and hope across our country and throughout the world. Our Sisters at Holy Redeemer Lafayette and the Magnificat community will participate where they are. Due to safety concerns for all residents of these facilities, we are unable to invite people from outside other than our own Sisters and Associates. However, we do encourage you to participate where you are able and will post our resources on our website.