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Heartbeats September 2017“Nature is a balm, permeating and penetrating, soothing and revitalizing, re-greening the parched dry spaces of the land that is me. Nature is pure gift waiting to be received by anyone regardless of belief system, nationality, skin color, gender. Nature immersion quiets my thinking and opens me to mystery. Nature calls me to respect others and live in solidarity with them.” - Sister Paula Hartwig

Five Ursulines in the U.S. provinces share reflections on personal experiences of nature’s gifts in the September issue of “Heartbeats.”




Sister Maria Teresa de Llano at the borderLCWR Urges Action to Protect Dreamers – (Silver Spring, MD) The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a common-sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows.

In the wake of the unconscionable action by President Trump, we urge Congress to immediately take up and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.

As women of faith we take seriously the gospel call to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. LCWR and its members will continue to press for compassion for our neighbors, relief for families, and an end to needless deportations. “We will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that addresses our outdated immigration system,” said LCWR Executive Director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC. “We will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children. We will continue to walk with Dreamers and together with people of goodwill we will work to ensure that the dignity of all people is fully protected.”

Catholic sisters have a long history of accompanying immigrants and refugees. They continue to minister to these aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies along the southern border and across the country. They see the devastating effects of the current immigration system every day. They share the hopes and dreams of these young Americans who represent so much of what is right and good about this country we all call home.

LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1,300 members, including the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.

Ursuline Sister Maria Teresa de Llano serving immigrants at the border in Laredo.  
 

HeartbeatsThe Ursuline Sisters of the three U.S. provinces—Central, East and West—have launched Heartbeats, a monthly newsletter that focuses on the charism—or special gift—of St. Angela. This collaborative effort is intended to integrate and focus a shared exploration of Angela’s charism and spirit as the Ursulines, associates, colleagues and companions are called to live it today and into the future.

Different facets of Angela’s charism will be explored in this publication. Beginning with the August issue, Heartbeats will focus on Angela’s contemplative spirit for several issues.

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LCWRThe Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province, members of LCWR, support the following statement issued by the organization:

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.

We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and all people of goodwill. We mourn with all who have lost loved ones, with all who live in fear, with all whose dignity is threatened by hate and violence. We lament the racism that continues to afflict our communities and threaten the values that we hold dear.

We acknowledge our own complicity in institutional racism. We commit ourselves to cleanse our hearts and rid our land of this evil. We promise to pray for our country and to continue to use our voice and our energy to build God’s beloved community where all are one in Christ Jesus.

LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1,300 members who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.


Sister Anne Dorothy Schober, OSUSister Anne Dorothy Schober died peacefully on Aug. 14, 2017, in Los Roblas Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California. A celebration of her life was held Aug. 17 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino. 

The daughter of Robert J. Schober and Marguerite J. Sheils, she was born Jeanne Marie Schober on Oct. 17, 1945, in Jamaica, New York. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in Crystal City, Missouri, in July 1964 and professed her first vows in January 1967. In July she celebrated her golden jubilee among her Ursuline Sisters, family and friends in St. Louis.

A gentle woman of dispatch, Sister Anne Dorothy will be remembered for her deep faith, love for students and the teaching profession, and her wickedly keen sense of humor.

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Sister Anne Dorothy Schober in Encino, California

 


Sisters Maria Teresa de Llano, Rita Ann Bregenhorn, and Jean HopmanThe Ursulines of the Central Province installed a new leadership team during a blessing ceremony held June 2 in the provincial offices in St. Louis. Team members are Sister Rita Ann Bregenhorn, provincial; Sister Maria Teresa de Llano, councilor; and Sister Jean Hopman, councilor. Sister Rita Ann is beginning her second term as provincial after having served as a councilor for six years. Sister Jean is beginning her second three-year term on the council, and Sister Maria Teresa is a new member of the team.

We ask for your prayers for these three women who have answered the call from their sisters to serve the Central Province for the next three years. 
 

Sisters Maria Teresa de Llano, Rita Ann Bregenhorn and Jean Hopman