My name is Thao-Vy Tran, and I am 18 years old. I was born and raised inEver since I was about eleven or twelve, I attended retreats at the Mater Redemptoris House of Formation, which was how I got to know our Sisters. Their exuberant joy and charism of “seeking to make the merciful love of Christ visible” attracted me to this community. I am so excited to be here, and to see how the Lord will work in my life.
. This past June, I graduated from Rochester, MN . I am an only child, and I
am very fortunate to have two amazing parents, Cuong and Hoa-Le, who instilled
in me the beautiful Catholic faith, and the seeds of discerning my vocation. Throughout
my life, I have enjoyed volunteering in multiple ways, such as playing piano
and organ for my church, as well as for my school and surrounding parishes. I
was also a volunteer barista at St. James Coffee, which is a Catholic
coffeehouse in Lourdes High School Rochester
that contains a chapel, and is a great place for evangelization! I also like to
write and make knotted cord rosaries. For the
past two summers during August, I took part as a Fiat team member for ,
which is a Catholic summer camp put on by the Diocese of Winona. There, I was
able to deeply encounter the merciful love of the Lord through Eucharistic
Adoration, and I was inspired to bring that love to others. It was then that
the overwhelming love of Christ engulfed me, and I knew I had and wanted to
say, “yes,” and give Him my fiat. Camp Summit
October 19, 2017
Hello! My name is Faith Becker and I am currently 20 years old. I grew up on a small dairy farm in Spencer.
Wisconsin. I milked alongside my parents,
Daniel and Bernice, and my siblings: Father Aaron (26), Alissa (24), Jessica
(18), Amber (13) and Joel (10). After graduating high school, the
Lord called me to the Mater Redemptoris House of Formation in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where the
Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George ran the discernment house. It
was there that I realized that the Lord definitely placed in my heart the
desire to make the Merciful Love of Christ visible which just happened to be
the sisters charism! A few of my
hobbies are playing games like Ticket to Ride, pinochle, and any competitive
team sports. I enjoyed playing the piano with my mom in Church every
Saturday. My favorite pastimes are just
sitting around and talking with people.
We are all so different and have so many incredible stories to
tell! I am
excited to see what the Lord is going to do with me next on this great
adventure here in Alton, Illinois!
October 17, 2017
My name is Sabina Abbadessa. I am 24 years old and am from
As an only child I received an immense amount of love and attention from my Mom
(Sabina) and Dad, (Paul). I am so grateful that I was raised in a loving home
which afforded me the gift of a Catholic education. The greatest example of
this happened for me at Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was here that
I first met our sisters. As a Catechetics and Theology student I was able to be
taught by one of the sisters. Wilmington Delaware
I also belonged to the women’s discernment household which this community advises. Through the encounters I had with the sisters on campus my heart was drawn deeper to the Lord, even after my graduation in 2016. Some of the hobbies which I enjoy include running, volleyball, singing and listening to music. I find a great comparison in sports to the spiritual life. The same perseverance an athlete uses to train is compatible to the continuous striving for holiness in our daily lives. As for singing, I have been able to praise the Lord with song throughout most of my life and it gives me great joy to continue this. I am so grateful the Lord has brought me this far in my discernment. I look forward to seeing how He will continue to form me in His merciful love, so that I too can bring this love to others.
October 15, 2017
Hello! My name is Natalie Weighner. I am 29 years old and I am fromI first met The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George when I was in college. I was initially drawn to the community because I knew nursing was a part of their apostolate. Over the years, it has become so much more than that. I love the Franciscan Spirituality of embracing the Crib, the Cross, and the Eucharist. Over the past 7 years or so, I have visited, discerned, and gotten to know the sisters. Jesus is so patient with me! He is always inviting, but waits for a response. One of the sisters told me “there is peace in the surrender” and I now know this to be true! Praised be Jesus Christ!
. After being away at college and
living out of state for a couple years, I returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan Grand Rapids to be closer to my family. I
love spending time with my Mom and Dad, Brother Kevin (31), and Sisters Maggie
(22) and Cait (19). Before coming to St. Francis Convent, I worked as a
pediatric nurse in a children’s hospital. I have a passion for working with
sick children, especially infants. It is such a gift to be able to care for
children and their families at a vulnerable time. I
absolutely love being outside in God’s creation, especially the mountains! The
view from the top of a mountain reminds me of the vastness of God’s love for us
and points towards heaven. I also enjoy rock climbing, biking, swimming,
camping, coffee, and the color “comfy gray!” St.
Therese said “My vocation is to love!” I hope to continue to grow and learn to
live this each day!
October 12, 2017
Teaching Biology often includes Religion, Health, Latin, and Life lessons. To make science vocabulary less daunting for my students, I give the Latin root of words, and this helps us discover meaning in the lessons to come. I was giving the Latin for Kingdom Eubacteria that are found everywhere when one of my students asked if True is the root word, then what does Eucharist mean. I am not a Googler for a quick answer but I allowed another student to look up and find thanksgiving as the meaning as I have heard before for Eucharist. Then I broke the word down further: eu does mean true and charist is from charity. So all day long I was able to also share in my Biology lesson on Bacteria that Eucharist means True Love! The Life lesson was for the teacher today and for her to share this with others. When we are in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord, we are before True Love! Praying before the Blessed Sacrament, we experience True Love, given and received, the God Who is Love. This may be a simple revelation, but it is a lesson I will not soon forget. I am excited to continue learning Latin and Life, and I am full of thanksgiving for the meaning of our Lord's physical Presence on Earth, the Eucharist. Let us gaze upon True Love!
- Sr. M. Benedicta, FSGM teaches at Alleman High School in Rock Island, IL.
May 25, 2017
The day before, while praying the rosary along with the pilgrims gathered in Fatima, I had the inspiration to invite her, along with Sr. M. Jacinta who also celebrated her feastday on May 13 to join me to pray together. It worked out that 2:00pm would be the best time. We had EWTN on mute but still visible. As we were starting the rosary, Pope Francis exposed the Blessed Sacrament. As we were praying the 5th Joyful Mystery, our Holy Father walked over to the section where all of the sick and infirm were seated and blessed each section with the Eucharist. What a true blessing! It was so wonderful to be a part of this Fatima Celebration in the Heart of the Church, my Mother.
- Sr. M. Theresita
May 5, 2017
Sr. Mary Joseph's mission reflection from her time at Bonacum House in Lincoln, NE concludes the reflections of our second year novice mission experiences. Please pray for our sisters as they continue to prepare for their first profession of vows.
The last six months, I have had the privilege to be on mission at Bonacum House in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bonacum House is a retirement home for the priests of the diocese of Lincoln with our sisters running it. While my daily duties were that of a housekeeper, it was really the presence and witness of the Sisters as spiritual mothers that was the primary apostolate.
I was daily reminded that it is through our encounters with one another that we are able to meet Christ. I realized this doing laps around the house with one of the priests one day. While it was a simple experience, I was reminded of the importance of being present in the moment. In our world today, people often don’t even look at each other when walking by. They ask how you are doing but then do not stop to really listen to the answer. However, it is when we stop and listen to each other that we have a chance to encounter Christ, and I was reminded of this time and time again being at Bonacum House. So many times we are looking for the big things to do when it is often in the little things that the Holy Spirit often works. We simply have to be open to the Spirit working in our lives and respond in trust that He is guiding us for it is through having that receptive heart that we can encounter Christ.