The Franciscan Way of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George is the road that St. Francis followed: in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and in the spirit of our foundress, Mother M. Anselma.
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The most important aspect about religious consecration and what it means to me is that it is a gift. Every baptized member of the Church is consecrated, set apart for God and now Christ has invited me to come even deeper as His Spouse, in a new and special way. It is not because of anything I have done or could do, because "apart from God, I can do nothing." As Christ died on the Cross out of a gratuitous love for us sinners, so too, He extends this gift of gratuitous love to me as the path He has planned for me for all eternity. This gift must be handled then with gratitude and prayer because it is a relationship. It is a relationship that says, "God is everything." I cannot take advantage of such a gift and so each day I want to witness to this merciful love of Christ, which He wants every person to receive as a gift.
We are pleased to announce the Reception into the Novitiate of Clare Kennedy - Sr. M. Veronica Gabrielle Burnham - Sr. Bethany Marie Sidney Ramaekers - Sr. M. Magnificat and the First Profession of Vows of Sr. M. Rose Thomas Weighner Sr. M. Cecilia Abbadessa Sr. Mary James Becker Sr. Peter Marie Tran The celebration of Holy Mass with the Rite of First Profession and Reception into the Novitiate will take place on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 3:30 pm. We are pleased to announce the Final Profession of Vows of Sr. M. Lucy Gantt Sr. Karol Marie Baumgarten Sr. Teresa Maria Leis Sr. Mary Francis Goodson Sr. M. Caterina Vola Sr. M. Gemma Kissel The celebration of Holy Mass with the Rite of Final Profession will take place on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:00 am. Due to restrictions in place, we are unable to invite you to attend the ceremonies, however you are welcome to join us in prayer and participation via Livestream.
August 2 and 3 brought great joy to our community as we welcomed three new novices, celebrated the first profession of four sisters and the final profession of six sisters. While the number of people gathered in St. Mary's Church was certainly smaller than we would have liked, we were blessed by thousands who joined the livestreams to join us in giving thanks to God for the gifts of our sisters. Visit www.altonfranciscans.org/feastday to view pictures and videos of the occasion.