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Reflections from the World Meeting of Families and US Papal Mass

September 30th, 2015posted by farloffice

During the week of September 22-25, hundreds of Roman Catholics from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati travelled to Cincinnati to attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families. On Saturday, September 26, 170 pilgrims headed out of Dayton on buses through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to attend the Papal Mass. Below are reflections and pictures of this historic trip. Click on this link to view pictures from Fr. John Kummer Both Channel 9 and Channel 12 had coverage of the Papal Mass bus trip. From St. Columban: In Philadelphia: A TALE OF TWO MASSES An …

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Caring and Compassionate

September 10th, 2015posted by officeofreligious

I would like to take a moment to thank a Sister who made my year at St. Boniface live-able. I attended St. Boniface school for the Second Grade.  My older brother, Bob, was in the Third Grade there. One day, that I will remember forever, while on recess I was telling a friend of mine that my brother always beat me at checkers.  The next thing I knew my teach was grabbing and twisting my ear telling me I was a liar and that liars are thrown out of school.  I loved school so this was very …

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Great Kindnesses

September 10th, 2015posted by officeofreligious

During my mother’s illness my family relied on Sister Shirley Gerth, OSF Oldenburg, not only as the Parish Life Coordinator at St. Anne, New Castle Indiana, but also as a friend who brought the Eucharist and comfort to our mom. Thank you, Sister Shirley, for your great kindnesses! Fr. Steve Giannini, Vicar for Clergy, Religious and Parish Life Coordinators, Archdiocese of Indianapolis Share something about a woman or man religious who has shown you kindness.  

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Labor Day

September 9th, 2015posted by farloffice

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic accomplishments of American workers. It constitutes an annual national acknowledgement to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Out nations first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, and it became a federal holiday in 1894 when President Grover Cleveland signed a bill designating the first …

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Breath of Fresh Air

September 3rd, 2015posted by officeofreligious

Sister Joan Miller, OSF Oldenburg, became the Parish Life Coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Shelby County Indiana, just a few years ago and has been a “breath of fresh air” for the parish! Sister Joan has helped the parishioners to reach out into the Waldren community, bringing Christ’s presence to all. Fr. Steve Giannini, Vicar for Clergy, Religious and Parish Life Coordinators, Archdiocese of Indianapolis Please comment below.  Or share a picture and quote about a Sister, Brother or order Priest you would like to recognize (

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Having an Impact Still

August 5th, 2015posted by officeofreligious

Sister Timothy Kavanaugh, OSF has volunteered with our staff in the Sisters’ development office for several years, and brightens our day with her warm hugs and friendly personality. She often shares stories of her 60 years in ministry as an educator, principal and pastoral associate in schools and churches across Indiana and Ohio. Within the Cincinnati Archdiocese, Sr. Timothy taught at St. Aloysius in Bridgetown from 1956-1961, and at Sacred Heart School in Fairfield from 1962-1965. The Beech Grove, IN native dedicated thirty-five years of her ministry to St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish and School …

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Wisdom Figure

July 1st, 2015posted by officeofreligious

Sr. Joan Laughlin came into my life 35 years ago, when I pursued becoming an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. Sr. Joan was the Associate Director for this new endeavor of her community. Little did I know how much I would learn from her about life, community, relationship and God. Throughout her sixty plus years in community, Sr. Joan gracefully served in parishes, as a teacher, as a missionary, as Associate Director/Co-Director and in community leadership. I was privileged to serve with Sr. Joan as Co-Director of our Associates for over 10 …

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Example of Holiness

June 23rd, 2015posted by officeofreligious

Sr. Agathe du St. Rosaire, lsp (Little Sister of the Poor) just celebrated her 60th jubilee.  She was assigned to the St. Paul’s Archbishop Leibold home in Clifton, OH in 2010.  When meeting Sr. Agathe, the first thing one notices is her Irish brogue.  However, it only takes a few minutes of conversation to recognize her deep and sincere love of Jesus.  Her spirituality, dedication to, and love for Jesus radiates from her, often closing her eyes when speaking about Him.  One then gets the feeling it is the Holy Spirit speaking through her. She …

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A Pleasure to Work With

June 3rd, 2015posted by officeofreligious

  I met Sister Marge Wissman, OSF when I started working at the Batesville, IN Food Pantry in 2008. She does the financial assistance job at the pantry, helping people with utility bills, rent, etc. I had just moved to the area from Connecticut so everyone was new to me, but Sister Marge quickly became one of my favorite people. She’s compassionate, fair, level headed, and has the most wonderful sense of humor. It’s such a pleasure to work with her. I don’t know a single person who does not think highly of her, and rightly …

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Answering the Call

May 12th, 2015posted by officeofreligious

        In 1978, Sr. Patti Zureick and I were both exploring a vocation with the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. We challenged and supported each other through four years of pre-entrance weekends and formation. Her strong faith and commitment have never wavered. We have remained close all these years and I have been privileged to witness her undying love for God and service to His people. Every life she has touched for even the briefest moment has been blessed. Thank you, Patti, for answering the call to serve God as a Sister …

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