The Novitiate was very blessed to have the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage to
Wisconsin September 25-29, 2011. We arrived at our Mater Redemptoris Convent in , in time for evening prayer and supper with our Sisters there. The next day, we went to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, WI . We walked up the hill to the Shrine in the rain, but by the time we emerged from the Shrine, the rain had stopped and we were able to pray the Stations of the Cross outside and go on a rosary walk. The next day, we embarked on a journey across the state of La Crosse which took us through beautiful farmland areas. Our first stop was in DePere, WI, at St. Norbert Abbey to visit the National Shrine of St. Joseph. We then went on to Champion, WI, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, which is on the actual site of an approved Marian apparition. The whole atmosphere there was very peaceful and prayerful. On the final full day of our pilgrimage, September 28, we returned to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After attending Holy Mass there, we had quiet time to pray and reflect on our own. We prayed especially for vocations to our Congregation, and also for the many intentions of all our Sisters, relatives, and benefactors. We thank God for the gift of this pilgrimage and for the gift of our Mother Mary who always leads us to her Son! Check out more pictures on our website. Wisconsin
Today, on the Feast of the Birth of Mary, our new postulants entered the postulancy of our American Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George! We thank God for the gift of these vocations. Pictured above - on their very first full day in the convent - are (from left) Ashley Vola, Samantha Goodson, Miranda Edgar, Jennifer Clark and Erin Leis. Welcome, Postulants! We Sisters are grateful that you have accepted Christ's invitation to belong totally to Him in our Franciscan community, and we support you wholeheartedly with our prayers and help! If you would like to send a word of welcome and encouragement to these new postulants, we will pass the greetings along to them. Just leave them as a "comment"!