March 10, 2017
BLESSING OF REPAIRED MOTHERHOUSE
March 10 is the anniversary of the death of our foundress, Servant of God Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, an appropriate day to have our repaired and renovated motherhouse blessed. Friends and benefactors joined us for the blessing, a tour of the motherhouse, and refreshments. A beautiful six-inch snowfall didn't deter people but added a special touch to the day.
This building is well over 100 years old, and over four years ago we discovered that it was structurally unsound. Steel beams were needed throughout the house, from basement to attic, unexpectedly raising the cost and delaying the project. Ancient wiring and plumbing needed replacement, also. Finally, though, we have our beautiful motherhouse back. The room in which Mother Mary Teresa died is now a heritage room containing her bed and chair and a number of objects which belonged to her.
As we prayed in our blessing ceremony, may God be praised and loved greatly in this house!
January 27, 2017
RIGHT TO LIFE MARCH
On January 27 four Parish Visitors left Marycrest at 4:00 a.m. to attend 4:15 Mass at the local parish and board the bus for the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Pictured are Sr. Rebecca Miriam, postulants Meaghan and Alina, and Sr. Mary Beverly. Let's hope that before long abortion will be outlawed and this March will be no longer needed in our country!
November 10-12, 2016
POPE FRANCIS SYMPOSIUM
A symposium on Pope Francis was held at Franciscan University of Steubenville on November 10-12. Sr. Dolores Marie and Sr. Mary Praxedes traveled to Steubenville, Ohio for it. Speakers included Archbishop Charles Chaput, Fr. Robert Spitzer, Ralph Martin, Alan Schreck, and others.
Parish Visitors pray daily for our Holy Father Pope Francis: "May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies."
October 16, 2016
ANNIVERSARY OF EXHUMATION OF MOTHER MARY TERESA TALLON
A year ago today the remains of our foundress, Servant of God Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, were removed from our cemetery at Marycrest, to be placed in our Chapel. This memorable event will be long remembered by all those who were present.
Work on her cause for beatification/canonization continues. Currently Sr. Maria Catherine, vice postulator of the cause, is writing a "positio," a lengthy paper to explain the heroic virtue of our foundress.
May Mother Mary Teresa's holiness, and the charism she gave us, continue to inspire many people!
RECENT NEW VOCATIONS
We welcomed two new novices in Nigeria on October 15, Sr. Mary Jane and Sr. Mary Felicity. In May of this year Rita Chukwueke was received as a postulant in Nigeria.
At our motherhouse in New York, Alina Nieser entered our community as a postulant on August 15, and Meaghan Baldwin began postulancy on September 12. We rejoice with all of these young women and pray for their holiness and perseverance as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate. We don't yet have photos from Nigeria, but here are the two new postulants in the U.S.
September 22-24, 2016
Mother Carole Marie, general superior, and Sr. Dolores Marie, her assistant, traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for the annual meeting of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. Mother Carole Marie finished her term on the Board of Directors of the CMSWR at the meeting. The CMSWR, as its title implies, is an organization of major superiors of women's religious communities which are faithful to the Church. The CMSWR promotes authentic religious life and is a liaison to the Holy See in Rome.
July 29-31, 2016
WORLD YOUTH DAY NOT A WORLD AWAY
In conjunction with World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland with Pope Francis, the Parish Visitors hosted a weekend event called "World Youth Day - not a WORLD away" at our Motherhouse in Monroe, New York.
Teens and young adults unable to go to Poland but interested in deepening their love for Jesus and their Catholic faith took part in the weekend, sharing in a number of World Youth Day events on a smaller scale. This included worship, music, catechesis, talks and skits on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, meeting new friends, and fun. They came from various parts of New York and from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Click here to view more photos
July 2, 2016
Three Parish Visitors celebrated their jubilees on July 2 at our motherhouse. Sr. Ann Marie celebrated her 50th and Sr. Joan Germaine and Sr. Rita-Mairelenes their 60th anniversaries.
Sr. Ann Marie, originally from Brooklyn, has served in parishes in the Bronx and in Scranton PA, has been a formation director, and currently is one of the local superiors at Marycrest as well as a general councilor.
Sr. Joan Germaine is from Pennsylvania and has served God's people in Albany NY, Connecticut, Scranton PA, New Jersey, and Rome NY. She now resides at our motherhouse.
Sr. Rita-Mairelenes, originally from Baltimore MD, has served in Conecticut and in Rome NY as well as having been formation director, editor of our Parish Visitor magazine, and also general superior (1977-1987). She was one of the Sisters who helped form the Sisters of Life at their beginning, and she is currently on the historical commission for the cause of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon.
We thank God for their years of loving dedication to God, to His people, and to our community!
June 4, 2016
FINAL VOWS IN NIGERIA
On June 4, feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sr. Mary Rosita Nwaka pronounced her final vows in Nigeria. We don't yet have a photo of her on that day; this photo shows her before her final vows. The other photo shows the crown of roses we receive on that day, symbolizing the crown of heaven promised to our perseverance, as well as the mission crucifix we receive and the crucifix ring. Please pray for Sr. Mary Rosita and all our Sisters, and for many more holy vocations to our community.
May 31, 2016
FINAL VOWS IN THE PHILIPPINES
On May 31, feast of the Visitation and a special feast day for Parish Visitors, Sr. Mary Emmadoña Lee made her final vows at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral of the Diocese of Cubao, Philippines. Sister is from Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Quezon City and is currently assigned to our convent in Quezon City. Mother Carole Marie and Sr. Maria Catherine traveled to the Philippines for the vows, the first time we have had final vows take place in the Philippines. God bless you, Sr. Mary Emmadoña!
May 12, 2016
BUS PILGRIMAGE TO MARYCREST
Over forty persons arrived at Marycrest on this beautiful May day, to visit with the Sisters, to pray at the remains of Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, to crown Our Blessed Mother, and in general to enjoy a pleasant day at Marycrest.
The visitors included Parish Visitor Associates and friends from Rome, New York, where we had a mission convent for many years, as well as women from St. Bernard's parish in Waterville, New York, the home parish of our foundress, and women from Utica, New York.
For the May crowning of Our Blessed Mother, the crowner was Jane Brown, a relative of our foundress, and the crown bearer was Rose Mattia, a Parish Visitor Associate of many years, from Rome, New York.
January 25, 2016
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN NIGERIA
This date marks the silver jubilee of our mission in Nigeria, West Africa. From a small beginning with just two Sisters, this mission has grown to several convents and a complete formation program.
Mother Carole Marie and Sister Mary Luchia traveled to Nigeria for this event. While there Mother Carole Marie will also have her official visitation of the Nigerian mission. Pictured are Mother Carole Marie and Sr. Celine Marie, who is the current superior of Nigeria and was our first Nigerian vocation. Let us pray for the Nigerian mission that they continue fruitfully serving God’s people, with holiness and joy and in the safety of God’s care.
January 24-31, 2016
51st INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
Our Sisters from our Philippines convent traveled from Quezon City to Cebu to attend the International Eucharistic Congress there. May these days of giving special attention to Our Lord in the Eucharist bring much fruit to the Philippines!
December 9, 2015
FINAL TRANSFER OF THE REMAINS OF MOTHER MARY TERESA TALLON
On October 16 the remains of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa, had been removed from our cemetery and placed in our Chapel crypt. On December 9 the remains were moved to their final resting place in the back of our motherhouse Chapel. May she, who so loved the Lord, intercede for all of us and also for all those away from the Lord, that they may return to Him!
November 21, 2015
On the feast of the presentation of Mary, November 21, Rebecca Lasota of Arizona was received into our community as a novice. She received our Consititutions, Spiritual Directory, and habit and white veil, and she is now called Sister Rebecca Miriam.
At the beginning of the simple ceremony, she prayed:
"Drawn by God's mercy, I have come here to learn your way of life. I ask you to teach me to follow Christ crucified and to live in poverty, obedience and chastity. Teach me to persevere in prayer and penance, in the service of the Church and mankind. Teach me live out the Gospel every day of my life. Teach me your rule and help me to learn to love our Sisters as Christ commanded us."
Congratulations and many blessings, Sister Rebecca Miriam!
October 16, 2015
TRANSFER OF THE REMAINS OF MOTHER MARY TERESA
As part of the process of the hopeful future beatification and canonization of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, her remains were moved from our cemetery at Marycrest to our Chapel.
Representatives from the Chancery of the Archdiocese of New York were present, as was Brother Reginald Cruz, assistant to the postulator of the cause, Sr. Maria Catherine, vice postulator, and others. Two relatives of Mother Foundress were also present, representing her family.
One of the prayers at the beautiful ceremony was:
“Almighty and ever-living God, in you we place our trust and hope. In you the dead, whose bodies were temples of the Spirit, find everlasting peace.
“Remember the mercy with which you graced your servant Mary Teresa Tallon…. Bless forever the holy work she had left behind for her daughters and followers to continue, for the sake of your Kingdom.”
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES AND PAPAL VISIT
This was an exciting time for the US and for the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate. Two Sisters cared for our community's exhibit during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and Sr. Mary Beata went to Philadelphia from our Arizona convent to help with the CMSWR exhibit. The exhibit lasted from Tuesday, September 22, through Thursday. We understand that about 15,000 people from 150 countries were present for the World Meeting of Families!
Meanwhile, in New York, four Sisters were privileged to attend the Evening Prayer Service with Pope Francis in St. Patrick's Cathedral on Thursday, and five other Sisters participated in the Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Parish Visitors pray daily for Pope Francis: May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. Amen!
September 12, 2015
AFTERNOON OF PRAYER
The third event for the Year of Consecrated Life was an Afternoon of Prayer. Many communities around the United States sponsored a similar event this weekend. Ours included Adoration, a talk by our general superior, Mother Carole Marie, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Mercy, Evening Prayer of the Divine Office, and Stations of the Cross, ending with, of course, refreshments. These events for the Year of Consecrated Life help spread the word that religious life is alive and well and on fire for the Lord!
September 8, 2015
We rejoiced with Sr. Mary Imelda Labordo and Sr. Jhoan Marie as they professed their first vows on September 8, the birthday of Our Lady. After professing their vows they received black veils to replace the white veils of novices, and they received our medallion of the Immaculate Conception. Let's let the vows speak for themselves:
"Called by the Holy Spirit to a greater perfection of love in union with Jesus, I desire to give myself totally to God in this Congregation. For the honor of Almighty God, and under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our holy patron, Saint Joseph, I, Sister _____, before you, Mother Carole Marie Troskowski, our General Superior, vow for two years to live the Gospel counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, according to the Constitutions of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, and I promise, with God's grace, to observe them faithfully."
Meanwhile, on the same day in Nigeria, Mary Jane and Felicita joined our community as postulants. Congratulations!
July 7-8, 2015
We welcomed a great group of young women from several parishes in the diocese of Cleveland, Ohio. They had already visited two other New York orders on their nun run, and on their way home planned to visit one more, in Ohio--quite a schedule! They joined us for meals, prayer, and fun, and they learned about the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate. They didn't seem to mind sleeping on the floor (as our motherhouse is still being repaired). We enjoyed having them, and we think they enjoyed being with us. Pray for them all, and for all young women discerning their vocations, that God will guide them to wherever He wants them!
June 27, 2015
AFTERNOON OF SERVICE
For the "Year of Consecrated Life," the Bishops' Committee and the CMSWR (Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious) had asked Religious communities to have a Day of Service, after an earlier Open House.
Our own Open House had been on April 11, and our Day of Service took place on Saturday, June 26. A number of local volunteers came, helping to clean the chapel, move books, make rosaries, and wash cars, as well as enjoying the company of the Sisters. A big thank you to all who came to help us!
April 11, 2015
As part of the celebration for the “Year of Consecrated Life” the Bishops Committee and the CMSWR (Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious), asked Religious to open their homes to the lay faithful, hoping to give them a better understanding and appreciation of our lives of dedication to God. Our open house was held on Easter Saturday, April 11, at Marycrest, our motherhouse.
Sisters showed a short DVD about the community, gave tours of our Chapel, and led a visit to the cemetery to visit the grave of Mother Foundress, followed by a short walk on our grounds. Our guests visited our novitiate and heard about our formation program, listened to the vocation stories of two Sisters, and heard about our foundress and our community history. They enjoyed seeing photo displays of our community life, our prayer, and our apostolate.
The day ended with refreshments, Evening Prayer and Rosary. We were happy to have friends new and old join us for our Open House and learn more about the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.
March 8, 2015
TEN YEARS IN THE PHILIPPINES
We thank God for the tenth anniversary of our foundation in the Philippines, which was celebrated with a special Mass at Resurrection parish in Quezon City, the parish very near our convent. We were privileged to have Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales as the main celebrant of the Mass. Many friends and parishioners were present to rejoice with the Sisters. May we have many more years in the Philippines--happy, holy and spiritually fruitful for God's people.
February 7, 2015
Laity in a number of parishes in the diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana have been doing evangelization outreach since 2008, after having been given training by our Sisters. On February 7 Mother Carole Marie and Sister Mary Emmadoña gave another workshop on door-to-door evangelization, using our Evangelization Manual for the laity, God Still Makes Housecalls. Several persons who had been trained in the first workshop now were able to give some of the presentations. Twenty parishes participated, with sixty persons attending.
January 31, 2015
FIRST VOWS IN NIGERIA
Three novices--Sr. Mary Martina, Sr. Mary Euphemia, and Sr. Veronica Marie--made their first vows at our convent in Umuihi on January 31. This photo shows them with the Bishop, who was the main celebrant of the Liturgy. May God grant them many happy, holy and fruitful years as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.
January 22, 2015
OPENING OF THE ROMAN PHASE OF THE CAUSE OF OUR FOUNDRESS
On January 13, Sr. Maria Catherine, vice-postulator for the cause of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, as well as our general superior Mother Carole Marie and historical commission member Sr. Rita-Mairelenes, went to the chancery of the New York Archdiocese for the official closing of the diocesan phase of the process toward the canonization of our foundress.
The next day Sr. Maria Catherine and Mother Carole Marie boarded a plane for Rome, to deliver two of the sets of the documents which had been sealed with wax at the New York chancery. The official opening of the Roman phase of the process took place on January 22.
Cardinal Dolan places his seal on the documents.
The documentation consisted of three sets of over 8000 pages each, two sets for Rome and one for the New York chancery.
May God guide this whole process, and may the heroic virtue of Mother Mary Teresa soon be known far and wide.
Rejoicing at the end of the closing of the diocesan phase.
Mother Carole Marie, Dr. Waldery Hilgeman, postulator of the cause, and Sister Maria Catherine with the documentation in Rome, after the opening of the Roman phase.
January 22, 2015
RIGHT TO LIFE MARCH
Three Parish Visitor novices and one professed Sister set out early in the morning of January 22 for the Right to Life March in Washington, D.C., after attending the special 4:15 a.m. parish Mass and boarding the bus at 5:00 a.m.
The green scarves they're wearing were given out on the bus--green because we're part of the Archdiocese of New York, of which the patron saint is Saint Patrick.
It was great to see the huge crowd, all on fire to promote the right to life. Let's hope, though, that before long abortion will be outlawed and these marches will no longer be needed!
January 21, 2015
MEETING POPE FRANCIS
While in Rome in connection with the cause for our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, our general superior, Mother Carole Marie, had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis. She handed him a copy of our Summer 2014 Parish Visitor magazine.
On the cover of the magazine is his picture with the quote, "The Church must be in the streets: seek the people, go to homes, visit families, go to the outskirts." Below that is our foundress' photo with her quote, "We must go out of our peaceful convent, through the streets, into the byways and rough places, and mount stairs...."
We are happy to have been doing, over the years, what Pope Francis is calling for today!
November 21, 2014
FINAL PROFESSION IN NIGERIA
On November 21, the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady, three of our Sisters in Nigeria professed their final vows--Sr. Maria Judith Okoroafor-Agbai, Sr. Mary Eunice Ibekwe, and Sr. Mary Faustina Amaefule. We share their joy in this very special occasion. May God grant them many happy and holy years of loving and serving Him and His people!
Pictured are the three newly final professed Sisters in their rose crowns, symbolizing the crown of heaven for those who live their vows faithfully. They are surrounded by our five novices. One of them, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Matthew, began her novitiate on October 15. Welcome, Sister!
September 18, 2014
MOTHER CAROLE MARIE'S VISIT TO PHILIPPINES
The Marycrest Sisters welcomed back our general superior, Mother Carole Marie, on September 18 from her month-long visit to the Philippines. Besides visiting with the Sisters at the convent, Mother also accompanied the Sisters in their parish apostolates and met Cardinal Rosales and Cardinal Tagle, as well as caring for other business. Here are a few photos of the trip.
August 17, 2014
MOTHER FOUNDRESS' HOME PARISH
St. Bernard's parish in Waterville, NY is the home parish of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon. On August 17 the parish had its annual celebration for the feast of St. Bernard, and a group of Parish Visitors joined them for the celebration. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of the Syracuse diocese, and the pastor, Fr. Paul Carey, were present. Sr. Maria Catherine updated everyone on the cause for possible canonization of our foundress, and Bishop Cunningham spoke of Mother Mary Teresa and the community.
The Sisters also visited the cemetery where Mother Mary Teresa's parents and several other relatives are buried.
March 25, 2014
Sr. Maria Catherine had the opportunity to be on EWTN’s “The Choices We Face” with Ralph Martin. It was an excellent presentation on our community. If you missed the March 25 show, you can view it at renewalministries.net/choicesradio (visit archives) or vimeo.com/89001646.
March 1, 2014
On March 1 we celebrated the 100th birthday of Sr. Mary Frances. Besides the Sisters, a number of her friends from parishes she served over the years came to greet her; others sent cards and gifts.
Sister entered the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate 80 years ago and has served God faithfully in Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Rome NY, Scranton PA, Connecticut and Chicago. She still has an apostolate of writing letters to prisoners! God bless you, Sister!
January 25, 2014
Leona and Elizabeth, two young women eager to love and serve the Lord as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, began their postulancy in Nigeria on January 25, feast of the conversion of St. Paul and anniversary of God's inspiration to Mother Mary Teresa Tallon to found our community. May they have many happy and holy years ahead of them!
First vows are always such a joyful occasion. On December 12 Sr. Mary Anthonia completed her two years of novitiate and professed her first vows. The photos show the procession into the chapel and Sr. Mary Anthonia in prayer after making her vows and receiving her black veil and medallion of the Immaculate Conception. May God bless her now and always!
November 24, 2013
Sister Mary Beverly Arao, formerly of California, had the privilege of professing her perpetual vows as a Parish Visitor of Mary Immaculate on November 24, the feast of Christ the King. In the ceremony she received a crown of roses, symbolizing the crown of heaven which we will receive if we live our vows faithfully. Sister also received her mission crucifix and ring.
Fr. Joseph Doran, S.D.B., on the left in the group photo, was the main celebrant. Fr. Jack Arlotta concelebrated and gave the homily, and Fr. Kevin Hanlon, M.M. also concelebrated. Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., also came to rejoice with Sister, along with Brother Timothy Marie, who is at the right of Mother Carole Marie in the photo. May Sister Mary Beverly have many happy years as a Parish Visitor of Mary Immaculate!
November 11, 2013
MEETING OF THE U.S. BISHOPS
At this meeting the cause of our foundress, the Servant of God Mary Teresa Tallon, was formally presented to the assembled bishops by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Cardinal Edward Egan of New York and Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona added their favorable comments to the fine presentation of Cardinal Dolan. The bishops signified their approval by a round of applause. May the Servant of God Mary Teresa Tallon, and the charism she gave to the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, become better known and loved as her cause moves forward.
September 8 and October 15, 2013
On September 8 we received into our U.S. novitiate--Sr. Jhoan Marie and Sr. Mary Imelda. Then, on October 15, our Nigerian novitiate welcomed Sr. Mary Leticia as a new novice of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate. Unfortunately we don't have a photo of Sr. Mary Leticia's joyful face. For another photo of the U.S. Sisters and for more on the novitiate, see our Vocation Newsletter for September 2013.
August 15, 2013
"Called by the Holy Spirit to a greater perfection of love in union with Jesus, I desire to give myself totally to God in this Congregation...."
Sr. Theresa Marie Moore joyfully professed her first vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, on the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. Family members traveled from her home state of Michigan to rejoice with her on this special day.
Following the profession of vows, the black veil was blessed and replaced the white veil of a novice. The Parish Visitor medallion was then blessed and given to Sister.
Please pray for her and for all our Sisters, and for many women to follow Jesus as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.
July 26-28, 2013
WORLD YOUTH DAY NOT A WORLD AWAY
In conjunction with World Youth Day held in Brazil, the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate hosted an event for teens and young adults called “World Youth Day Not a World Away.” During this joyful event the young people learned much about God’s love for them and about living their faith in today’s world.
Music, drama, catechesis, Mass, confessions, outdoor Stations of the Cross, an outdoor Rosary procession, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as video clips of Pope Francis and the young people in Brazil, were all included in the weekend.
Young people from five dioceses participated. The days were powerful and full of many graces! There was a lot of fun, too, and new friendships were formed amidst discussions, meals, and various events. Living the faith certainly is not drab or boring!
May all who participated in any way in World Youth Day go forth with renewed vigor for the Lord, to "go and make disciples of all nations," as Pope Frances asked the World Youth Day participants, and may this zeal continue always!
July 2, 2013
On July 2 five Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate celebrated their jubilees of religious life. Sr. Mary Frances, originally from New York City, celebrated her 80th anniversary in religious life (she's now 99). Sr. Dolores Augustine, from Minnesota, and Sr. Agnes Cecilia, from northern California, celebrated 70 years. Sr. Carmen, from Puerto Rico and the Bronx, was our golden jubilarian, and Sr. Sophia Maria, from Korea, was our silver jubilarian. Adding up these years makes 295 years of loving devotion to God and His people! Congratulations, Sisters! (Pictured is Sr. Mary Frances.)
June 26, 2013
Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, retired Cardinal of the Philippines, celebrated Mass at our Bronx convent and paid a short visit to Marycrest, our motherhouse, while in the U.S. for a family visit. He thanked us for having a convent in the Philippines and gave us his blessing. He is a friend of the community and has been to Marycrest before, and it was so good to have him visit us again.
April 16, 2013
PUBLICATION OF EDICT
The cause for the beatification of our foundress, the Servant of God Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, progressed further with the signing of the public edict by Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. Several Parish Visitors were present for this historical event. The Cardinal was also given a large number of written testimonies regarding her virtues and her help, as well as petitions with signatures of numerous people asking that her cause go forward.
May her holiness and her zeal for souls inspire all of us more and more!
April 6, 2013
INSTITUTE ON RELIGIOUS LIFE MEETING
Sr. Maria Catherine, our novice director, spoke at the annual meeting of the Institute on Religious Life on our person-to-person apostolate of visiting homes in parishes, seeking especially those not living their Catholic faith. Her talk was entitled "Seeking Souls for Christ, One Person at a Time."
The Institute on Religious Life (religiouslife.com) is an organization founded in 1974 to encourage authentic religious life--prayerful, zealous, and faithful to the Church. We’re happy to be a part of this important group.
March 13, 2013
WELCOME, POPE FRANCIS!
Along with people throughout the world, we rejoiced at the election of Pope Francis. At Marycrest, our motherhouse, our Chapel bell rang out along with bells the world over, when the white smoke appeared.
We are praying daily for our Holy Father, as we did for previous popes. Please join us in prayer:
Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
The Lord preserve him, and give him life,
And make him blessed upon the earth,
And deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
January 2-6, 2013
Sr. Mylene Rosemarie and Sr. Theresa Marie attended the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) convention in Florida, an inspiring, faith-filled time. We had an exhibit about the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate to make our community better know. It was amazing to see this group of 7000 young adults--all with good values, serious about their faith and wanting to learn more, spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, zealous about spreading the good news! Their striving for holiness is contagious. FOCUS certainly has produced good fruit and gives hope to our world!
January 1, 2013
As we begin this new year, we rejoice in the good news we received a few days ago that Mother Mary Teresa Tallon can now be addressed as Servant of God, the first step in the process toward eventual beatification. A prayer to her can now be used:
Heavenly Father, through the example of your Servant Mary Teresa Tallon, you summon all your faithful to become apostles to the most spiritually deprived. Through your loving kindness, we pray that you heed this special favor which would confirm the holiness of your faithful Servant: (here make your request). We ask you this in the name of Jesus Your Son, loving Shepherd of us all. Amen.
(With ecclesiastical approbation by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, 27 December, 2012)
December 8, 2012
On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, three postulants in Nigeria were received as novices: Sister Mary Martina, Sister Mary Euphemia, and Sr. Veronica Marie. We don't have photos of their joyful faces, but we wish them many happy, holy years as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.
On October 20 our own second convent building in Nigeria, in Oria-Abraka, Delta State, in the Warri Diocese, was blessed by the bishop. This replaces our rented Abraka convent. Local parishioners greatly helped in the actual construction of the building, and the construction of the convent chapel was financed by friends in Korea. We are grateful to all who helped so that this convent is now a reality. (Our first convent is in Umuihi, Imo State, Nigeria.)
August 15, 2012
Cardinal Dolan Visits Marycrest
The Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate were happy to welcome Cardinal Dolan on August 15, the anniversary of our 1920 foundation. After celebrating the Mass of the Assumption of Our Lady, he visited with the Sisters and then walked to our cemetery to pray at the grave of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon.
To quote his column in the archdiocesan newspaper, "in my homily at their beautiful motherhouse in Monroe, I observed how the foundress was 'way ahead of her time' in the priority she gave to evangelization. To this day, her sisters go door to door, wanting to get to know the people better, love them, teach them, and bring them close to Jesus and His Church. Mother Mary Teresa [insisted] that her sisters could hardly 'give Jesus' to others unless they first 'had Him' themselves, and thus set 'personal holiness' as a primary duty of her sisters, especially through daily prayer before the Eucharist. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning with these joyful sisters."
GENERAL CHAPTER AND ELECTIONS
During June our General Chapter was held at our motherhouse in Monroe, New York. The General Chapter is held every five years to review our living of the charism of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate: What would God want, and what would Mother Foundress do now, to protect and foster our spiritual heritage and intensify our spiritual and apostolic vitality? Chapter delegates came from our various missions in the United States, Nigeria, and the Philippines.
During our General Chapter we also have our elections. On June 25 Sister Carole Marie, now called Mother Carole Marie, was re-elected as General Superior. The councilors elected the next day were Sr. Dolores Marie, Sr. Mary Josita, Sr. Maria Catherine and Sr. Ann Marie. We ask your prayers for those elected and for our community as we go forward serving God and His people with the beautiful charism of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.
May 17, 2012
On the feast of the Ascension, at our convent chapel in Umuihi, Imo State, Nigeria, Sister Mary Dorothy Omenihu professed her final vows as a Parish Visitor of Mary Immaculate. At the same ceremony, first profession of vows was made by Sister Maria Dorathy Okoro. Joyful music added to the festive atmosphere of the occasion. May God grant both Sisters many graces and blessings in their vocation as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate!
April 14, 2012
Another joyful occasion was the perpetual vows of Sr. Susan Marie, originally from Fairport, New York. Relatives and friends joined the Sisters for the beautiful Mass and ceremony and a day of rejoicing.
We’ll let the vows speak for themselves:
“Called by the Holy Spirit to a greater perfection of love in union with Jesus, I desire to give myself totally to God in this Congregation. For the honor of Almighty God, and under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our holy patron, Saint Joseph, I, Sister Susan Marie Norton, before you, Sister Carole Marie Troskowski, our General Superior, vow for life to live the Gospel Counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, according to the Constitutions of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, and I promise, with God’s grace, to observe them faithfully.”
The photos show her pronouncing her vows, signing her vows at the altar, receiving her ring, and rejoicing with family and friends.
May God grant her many happy, holy years of loving and serving Him as a Parish Visitor of Mary Immaculate.
January 25, 2012
“Called by the Holy Spirit to a greater perfection of love in union with Jesus, I desire to give myself totally to God in this Congregation….”
On January 25, the anniversary of the day our foundress received the inspiration to found the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, Sr. Maria Leah pronounced her first vows. Our chaplain, Fr. Joseph Doran, was joined by Fr. Paul Sullivan, a native of Monroe, NY, and Fr. Jaime Marquez, the pastor of Sr. Maria Leah’s home parish in the Philippines.
We rejoiced with Sister and her family on this very special day. May God grant her many happy and holy years loving and serving God and His people!
December 7, 2011
“Accept this crucifix as a sign of your perpetual dedication to Jesus Crucified, that united to Him you may become a willing holocaust for the redemption of the most abandoned souls.”
On December 7, Sr. Mary Carmelita and Sr. Alice Mary professed their perpetual vows in Umuihi, Nigeria, vowing for life the gospel counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, according to the Constitutions of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate. They then received their mission crucifixes with the prayer above, a beloved tradition for our community.
Wearing the rose crowns signifying the crown of eternal life for those who are faithful to their vows, their joy was evident. Family members and Sisters rejoiced with them, including two Parish Visitors who traveled from the United States to represent the Sisters who couldn’t be there. Sr. Mary Carmelita and Sr. Alice Mary, may God bless you both and grant you many happy, holy years as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate!
The next day Sr. Mary Anthonia was received as a novice into our community in Nigeria, and three new postulants entered. God’s blessings be with you all!
EVANGELIZATION IN MICHIGAN
Sr. Carole Marie and Sr. Mylene Rosemarie traveled to St. Anthony's parish in Gwinn, Michigan, in the diocese of Marquette, for two weeks, to train lay evangelizers to reach out to the people there. The pastor, Fr. John Boyle, warmly welcomed the Sisters and was enthusiastic about the charism of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.
Evangelization workshops such as this are given from time to time by our Sisters. There is so much need for outreach to the people, and if lay evangelizers can be trained to go to places where we don't have enough Sisters to go, the Good News of Jesus can be spread further and further!
August 19-21, 2011
World Youth Day Not a World Away
In conjunction with the World Youth Day held in Madrid, the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate hosted an event for teens and young adults called “World Youth Day Not a World Away.” During these days the young people learned much about God’s love for them and about living their faith in today’s world.
The weekend included music, drama, catechesis, discussion groups, Mass, confessions, Living Stations of the Cross, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as video clips of Pope Benedict XVI and the young people in Madrid.
These days were powerful and full of many graces! There was a lot of fun, too, and new friendships were formed amidst discussions, meals, and various events. Living the faith certainly is not drab or boring! The Friars of the Renewal added to the joyfulness of these days. May all who participated in any way in World Youth Days go forth with renewed vigor for the Lord, “planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.”
July 2, 2011
GOLDEN AND SILVER JUBILEE
On July 2 we joyfully celebrated the jubilees of two of our Sisters. Sr. Carole Marie, our general superior, celebrated her golden jubilee, and Sr. Julia Marie celebrated 25 years of vows.
The Mass was celebrated by our Marycrest chaplain, Fr. Joseph Doran, SDB, and Fr. Carl Johnson, who had been pastor of Sacred Heart parish, Monroe, NY. The homily was given by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR.
Family and friends shared our joy this day with us. May God grant our jubilarians many more blessed years as Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.
January 24, 2011
RIGHT TO LIFE MARCH
After a pre-dawn Mass at the local parish, two Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate from Marycrest boarded the bus for Washington, D.C. Another Parish Visitor from our Bronx convent traveled on another bus with a group of young people from the Bronx. This was a grace-filled event with the biggest crowd ever, all on fire for pro-life. Let’s hope that in the near future these marches will no longer be necessary in our country!
January 21-23, 2011
Four Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate participated in the FOCUS conference in Baltimore, one of four held throughout the country. This was a powerful weekend, with inspiring talks related to the theme “Answering the Call,” beautiful liturgies, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and much more. We had a vocation display, which included a free raffle to “bring home a lost sheep.” May the fire of the Holy Spirit continue to inspire all who were at the conference!
November 28, 2010
FR. GROESCHEL VISITS MARYCREST
Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., well-known from his books and from speaking on EWTN and elsewhere, is also a friend of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate. On the first Sunday of Advent he celebrated Mass at our motherhouse Chapel, along with Fr. Terry Messer, C.F.R. and our Marycrest chaplain, Fr. Joseph Doran, S.D.B.
In both his homily and his informal talk with the Sisters afterward he spoke of the importance of authentic religious life, counseling us to continue living an “honest-to-God religious life.” The great strength of the Catholic Church has come from religious life, and the vows, a habit, and community life are essential to living it well, he said. Along with Fr. Groeschel, we pray for many more young men and women to follow the Lord along the path of religious life.
Our new pro-life brochure, composed by our general superior, Sr. Carole Marie, points out the fallacy of pro-abortion arguments. Available in Spanish as well as in English, and illustrated with colorful photos, hopefully this will help to promote the dignity and value of human life from the moment of conception.
Our Evangelization Manual for the laity, available for a number of years in English, has now been translated into Spanish. Priests and evangelization teams may contact us to order copies.
August 19, 2010
ARIZONA, HERE WE COME!
Sr. Margery Therese and Sr. Mary Beata are beginning our newest mission, in the diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. After some weeks of giving evangelization workshops, they’ll begin their apostolate of evangelization through visitation, catechetics and youth work. The convent will be located in Mesa, Arizona.
August 15, 2010
On August 15, feast of the Assumption and the 90th anniversary of our foundation as a community, we rejoiced with Sr. Mary Emmadoña as she professed her first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as a Parish Visitor of Mary Immaculate, and Sr. Susan Marie, who renewed her vows. The profession of vows was within a beautiful Mass, followed by congratulations and prayerful good wishes. May God grant many graces and happy and holy perseverance to both Sisters!
July 2, 2010
On this day we celebrated the 60th anniversary of entrance into our community of two of our Sisters. The main celebrant of the beautiful Liturgy was Rev. Joseph Clemente, and our chaplain, Rev. Joseph Doran, SDB, concelebrated. The day was full of joyful congratulations, thanks, and laughter.
Sr. Marian Corinne originally comes from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Sr. Mary Cepha comes from Bronx, New York. Who can count the Masses, Holy Hours, rosaries, and other prayers of these Sisters and the numerous people they helped in their apostolates over these years! May God be praised forever!
June 3-14, 2010
CHURCH POINT, LOUISIANA!
By Sr. Dolores Marie, P.V.M.I.
We don't know how the town got its name, but the Lord pointed us in that direction in June 2010, and Sr. Maria Judith and I were sent there for a brief mission of visiting the families in the parish to help them spiritually in whatever way we could.
This area is almost 100% Catholic, and during the ten days we were there we met many of the friendly people of Our Mother of Mercy parish, one of the two parishes in the town. Visiting them under the hot Louisiana sun, we received welcomes and often hugs and cold water, and many times the visit ended with “Y’all come again.”
So many people told us how they wished they could again have Sisters permanently in their parish. We were impressed by the great numbers of people who daily pray the rosary! Of course, as in any parish, there were those who had stopped going to Mass for one reason or another, young people who had strayed, etc. Hopefully the Lord used us as His instruments to touch some hearts with His love and the Church’s compassionate concern.
May Our Mother of Mercy grant many blessings to the people of this parish named after her!
March 20, 2010
Called to Holiness, A Family Vocation Conference
Saint Columba Catholic Church
Hopewell Junction, NY
Most of our Sisters in formation took part in a Family Vocation Day on March 20. Among the talks given was one on Mary and Vocations, by Sr. Dolores Marie. The day included a beautiful Mass offered by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. In the evening the Catholic Underground North, at the same location, had a very prayerful Holy Hour followed by a Lenten musical and slide program.
March 7, 2010
Life Teen Youth Rally
St. Raymond’s Church
A group of Parish Visitors from Marycrest and all the Parish Visitors stationed at our Bronx convent attended the Life Teen Youth Rally in the Bronx in early March. This had been planned by Sr. Mary Eileen, P.V.M.I. and the St. Raymond’s Life Teen group. Over 300 teens came, for a day of religious music and skits, a Spirit-filled Mass, food and fun.
January 22, 2010
Right to Life March
In the early morning of January 22, seven sleepy Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate headed to the local parish for a 4:15 a.m. Mass and then a 5:00 bus for Washington, D.C.
For many years the Parish Visitors have participated in this march. In Washington we joined with the crowd of over 300,000 people rallying for the cause of life. Our sign had a picture of Pope Benedict with little children, and many people stopped us to tell us they liked our sign.
Let's hope this yearly march will not need to continue much longer, that abortion will soon be at an end in our country and in the world as well!