GNSHappenings- September 2018

Written on: September 26, 2018

Sr. Roseanne Walker

Sister Roseanne Walker celebrated her 90th Birthday on September 18!  Many GNSH  living close by came to celebrate with her. A party with cake and ice cream honored this special Sister on her special day. Oh, and there were lots of balloons!


Life after Renaissance House 

Addiction is a big issue, one that our Sister Ellie Martinez meets head-on in her ministry. Using her expertise to bring compassion, whether it’s counseling one- on- one or giving retreats, Ellie’s expertise is sought…and found!

Yet another focus for her ministry is the wisdom of Tony de Mello. In Syracuse recently, 40+ retreatants were treated to her humor and sound advice along with Tony de Mello’s wisdom. She challenges participants’ understanding of the joy and freedom of spiritual maturity. Pretty good work for an 80-year old religious; and Sister Ellie has four more retreats scheduled in the months ahead!


Srs. St. Catherine Curley, Barbara Schiavoni and Katie McGady visit over lunch at Magnificat Center

Foundation Day Celebrations- Philadelphia:Grey Nuns living at the Plaza in Philadelphia celebrated with a prayer service and social gathering hosted by Sr. Anne Marie Beirne on August 23.  Prayer focused on the mission and charism of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart.  All enjoyed coming together to share prayer and stories of summer happenings.

Members of the Leadership Council visited sisters at Magnificat Center on Foundation Day. In a small-group gathering, sisters shared how they initially met the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and came to enter the congregation.  Memories of our sisters who have gone before us were affectionately shared.


Earth Committee:  The Earth Committee is ‘refreshing’  (a story we’ll be sharing in NewsNotes later this year). Meanwhile, they have initiated a few activities and one has to do with sharing an Earth Charter-based quote each month. We encourage you to share these quotes in creative ways, and each time, please cite the Earth Charter.

For October:  We are one human family and one Earth Community with a common destiny


Sisters Meet Monthly for Discussions 

A reflection and discussion on different  topics will be held on Saturday, Sept 29 for the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart who reside there. Leaders and topics are as follows:

Sr. Marian Adrian: “Come Together” from an article in Give Us This Day 5/18

Sr. Dolores Beatty: “Honest Communal Exploration of Key Religious Life Matters,” Occasional Papers, Winter 2018

Sr. Kathleen Hannan: “Confessions of a Noisy Contemplative” by Steven Dougherty

Sr. Maureen Quigley: “We are Them” on diversity

Sr. Mary Salvadore: “The Long View” a poem by Archbishop Oscar Romero


Season of Creation and the Feast of St. Francis  

We have been posting throughout the Season of Creation (Sept. 1) and will continue through the Feast of St. Francis  (Oct. 4).

Daily posts have been available on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. All posts have been archived to our Flickr Page in the album Season of Creation.

Currently, there are resources available on our website from Global Catholic Climate Movement, the Season of Creation site and Catholic Climate CovenantClick here

Thank you to those who shared resources.


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