GNSHappenings- February 2022

Written on: March 1, 2022

GNSH Associate News

Grey Nun Associate Joe Tebo, addressed the February gathering of Associates and Sisters. Joe is a member of the Potsdam group. He presented on the history of the GNSH in Ogdensburg, and made the details come alive with his recollections of many of the Sisters. Sr. Ruth Penksa once asked Joe if he knew ALL of the Grey Nuns– He admitted he didn’t, but he was acquainted with most of them! Sr. Eileen White will be the presenter in March.

The Potsdam group recently made dinner for the Newman Club which is housed in the Rectory. From Mary Enslow:

The Newman Club dinners are for the students of both SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University when both colleges are in session. We make dinner for about 15-20 students (including the pastor and the pastoral associate) on Friday nights at home and bring it to the rectory where the students gather. We don’t serve the meal. We do this once a semester. 

Special shout out to Mary Jane Key (MJ) who faithfully attends the zoom meetings and almost always has another associate with her, which makes it possible for those without computer access to participate. Thank you, MJ, for your kindness and faithfulness to the Sisters and Associates.

The next gathering is March 12, 10:30 am. If you wish to participate and are not receiving the monthly Zoom links, please click to email Maryellen Glackin. The gatherings include prayer, announcements and Associate happenings.  All are welcome! Contact Angel Conicelli  if you would like more information about the Associates.

Lenten Reflections

Thank you to the six Sisters who have agreed to write a reflection for the Sundays in Lent, including Palm Sunday. We look forward to sharing these reflections with you each Wednesday, beginning on March 2, as you journey through Lent. There are also many opportunities for spiritual enrichment that can be found on the Spiritual Animation page of our website. Click here

Catholic Sisters Week– March 8-14

Catholic Sisters Week, now overseen by the Communicators for Women Religious, is working in collaboration with LCWR to focus on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP). Congregations will be showcasing their efforts in advocacy and action reflected in the Seven Goals of the LSAP. We look forward to sharing the good news of women religious with the world. Here is an excellent article written by a Sister of Mercy explaining a bit about Catholic Sisters Week. Click here

The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice

Brie Yousaitis, MSW from Abramson Senior Care presented an education session on the difference between palliative care and hospice at Holy Redeemer Lafayette on February 23.  Brie explained the differences between palliative care and hospice which are often presumed to be the same, but have different purposes and uses in managing patient care and comfort. For those who were unable to attend, the session was recorded and may be found here.  Brie is the director of Psychosocial Support for Hospice and Palliative Care.

Grief and Loss (Re-scheduled)

On Monday, April 4th, Sr. Anne Meyers, SSJ will help us reflect on how we are called to support one another as we experience all the “letting go’s” that our God and our life call us to embrace. The title of the presentation is Grieving  Our Losses Together in the Spirit of Compassionate Love.

Sr. Anne is a licensed psychologist who knows religious life from the inside, as she has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill for more than 50 years.

Celebrating You!

Wishing the following Sisters very happy birthdays and feast day: March: Sr. Jean Scharf  (7); Sr. Patricia Eileen McKeon (9); Sr. Kathleen Woody (20);  Sr. Mary Courts (22); Sr. Marie Cecile Egan (25- FD); Sr. Marlene Butler (27). May the Lord protect and bless each of you in the year ahead!



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