Ursulines attend “Environmental Activism for the Long Haul: The Energizing vision of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si” Conference

Sr. Mary Sullivan, Sr. Dee Yanshak, Sr. Carole Marie Keaney, Sr. Alice Marie Giordano and Sr. Jackie DaSilva attended this conference on October 25, 2017 at the Mariandale Center in Ossining, NY. The keynote speaker was Rev. Terrence J. Moran. There was a panel discussion and an activist from Paris spoke about the support she receives from the Ursuline Sisters in France. The day also included time for reflection, networking…

Ursuline Sisters Public Statement: The DREAM Act of 2017.

URSULINE SISTERS OF THE ROMAN UNION,  UNITED STATES PROVINCES PUBLIC STATEMENT: THE DREAM ACT OF 2017 We, the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, United States Provinces, stand with our Catholic Bishops in support of the Dream Act of 2017 (S1615).  This past Sunday evening, October 8, the Trump Administration Immigration Policy priorities were issued.  We strongly reject these anti-immigrant, anti-human rights, anti-family provisions as basically immoral. These provisions propose the…

Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, USA provinces recognize the need to support inclusive legislation and action at all levels and to stand against exclusion and racism. We call for comprehensive immigration reform. Recognizing this reform to be a long term process, we urge all of our members and collaborators to contact their US senators and representatives urging the immediate passage of DACA (Deferred Action for…

The Heart Cave

Stephanie Nolan, O.S.U.   I must remember to go down to the heart cave And sweep it clean, make it warm, with fire on the hearth And candles in their niches The pictures on the walls glowing with quiet lights   I must remember to go down to the heart cave And make the bed with the quilt from home Strew rushes on the floor And hang lavender and sage…

November Musings

Maryellen Keefe, O.S.U.   Month of endings and beginnings, 30 Days of contrast— Falling leaves evoking thoughts of death, warm Indian summer hinting at new life Among November’s days of contrast are some significant ones— November 1 All Hallows summons to celebration of saints known and unknown, November 2 All Souls invites prayerful remembrance of those at Heaven’s gate November 3 Martin de Porres, illegitimate, bi-racial, Dominican brother, nurses the…

REFLECTING ON OCTOBER

Bridget Puzon, O.S.U. The poet called it the time of “mellow fruitfulness.” Everything seems quieter and invites reflection. After the Autumnal Equinox, the sun very noticeably comes up later. (I know, the reality is that the earth turns.) The sunrise show from our kitchen window that moved across the room, blinding us, now has only hints, shadows, to nudge us awake. It is autumn in New York. At the same…

GAIA MOURNS HER SCARS

Anne Therese Dillen, OSU In honor of LAUDATO SI Woman, why are you weeping, Bent in scalding tears? What has wrenched your heart to breaking, No smile to hide your fears? “Look here! Can you but see? They’ve shaved away my mountain – The trees, the moss, the laurel – The scent of morning dew!” “Naught but crags and crevices, Jagged holes and caves With muddy sludge for rivers, Can…

PENTECOST

Claire Smith, O.S.U.   The Pentecost psalmist sings a masterful hymn to the Spirit of God, Creator of the Cosmos, taking hardly a breath, in the telling of the God-colors into the world, into humanity, into my own heart. Meanwhile, back in the Upper room in the Cenacle, the apostles are hiding behind closed doors, confused by the Easter events, when a spiritual tsumani breaks upon them. We have our…

Ascension

This watercolor painting by Sr. Anne Therese Dillen, O.S.U., featuring two persons and not the apostles, is a symbolic representation of us all as we “look up” in expectation, sometimes forgetting that we need look only around us and within us to find the risen Jesus. “MEN of GALILEE, WHY DO YOU STAND LOOKING UP?” Just what is up and what is down, Or what is here or there? For…

Easter Encounters

Bridget Puzon, O.S.U.   How often we have first impressions that turn out to be far different realities. A person, a situation, an encounter, aren’t what we thought. First-hand accounts of the Easter stories show just such recognitions of reality. Days after the brutal death of Jesus, the Gospel stories after the event artfully show the confusion his followers felt. We read or listen to the first-hand accounts of their…