We are a team of five or six volunteers with different roles catering to100 detainees per night. We do Bible study with them, both English-speakers and Hispanic detainees. We prepare those who wish to receive Sacraments. We also minister those in Immigration (I.C.E.) Detention.
One of the joys we have in this ministry is witnessing their Baptisms. In as much as many of them are waiting for their trials, we would not know when they leave the facility. We would be at a loss in regards to continuing formation in the faith. This is one of the difficulties we have.
"When I was in prison, you visited me."
- Mt 25:43
We collaborate with the Brothers of St. John in Orange, NJ in this ministry. We provide this time for children to encounter Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with Scriptures, prayers, songs, and moments of silence in simple adoration. After, we pray the Rosary in procession around the church.
We have a short fellowship among ourselves with some snacks and games. Sometimes we organize little workshops. This time of fellowship allows children the opportunity to exercise the love of neighbor. Thus, granting them the avenue to fulfill the Lord's double commandment of love all in one afternoon.
"Let the children come to me and do not hinder them..." - Lk 18:16
It all started from a simple wish of giving holistic care to the homeless. Mrs. Charlotte Florentino, a then-employee of Several Sources Shelters, invited the Sisters to do a Bible Sharing/Study with the women at Ladies' Rest, a then-house which welcomes homeless women in the morning serving food for the stomach and for the soul (as the inspiration said.) The Bible Sharing morning included Scripture meditation, Mass at the nearby Church for those who want, Lunch, and Bible Quiz with prizes.
The COVID-19 pandemic closed the house. However, some women still desires to continue with the sharing and so by arrangement with Mrs. Florentino, they will be at the Sisters' convent or the nearby parish.
Sisters visit neighbors, parishioners and those who wish. The visit will largely depend on their request. Some want to receive Holy Communion, while others want a simple chat (even just over the phone), and still others are already happy with a simple "hi" or "how are you doing?"
"When I was homeless, you gave me shelter... when I was sick, you visited me..." - Mt 25:43
On line Bible Sharing
the Discernment Group
The ON LINE BIBLE SHARING
This is originally conceptualized by Sr. Anne, one of our sisters in Princeville, IL and some of the ladies who were joining a group for discernment. Now it has sustained with the faithful participation of several ladies and some sisters. This Bible Sharing through Zoom is offered to all ladies who wish to join and enrich their day with the Word of God.
The DISCERNMENT GROUP
For three years now, the Sisters go with some women who are discerning for the course of their lives. They set their Friday evenings for a meal and fellowship with a set time for discussion having the aid of the AVOW format.
The joy of having to walk with these beautiful souls desiring to discover the path of life that they are called to and the joy of having to rediscover religious life once more are not of wanting.
"The words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." - John 6:36
set by arrangement
Our home is open to those who are seeking time with the Lord, to replenish their fervor for life. We minister to these souls in providing them a place of silence in the middle of the city, a time to meditate with the Scriptures together, and a time of prayer. The stay will be by request and according to availability. We also welcome those who want to visit us and see our practice of evangelical counsels.
Through our various ministries, we have many opportunities to meet other religious and to cooperate extensively with the local clergy.
Following in the footsteps of St John, who had a such a great love and respect for Saint Peter, we are eager to pray for the seminarians and priests of our archdiocese. We welcome anyone to pray with us during our times of common prayer and we carry all the intentions entrusted to us in our apostolates and by those we meet in the neighborhood.
"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment."
- Philippians 1:9