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Reflections before First Profession: Sr. Chelsea Bethany, FSP

Reflections before First Profession: Sr. Chelsea Bethany, FSP

People keep asking me: “Are you ready to make First Vows?” I never know quite what to say. Can one ever be totally “ready” for something like this?One day, a few weeks ago, I was asked for what seemed like the tenth time that week if I was “ready” to make Profession as a Daughter of Saint Paul. I was tired and I found myself struggling to answer this question yet again. The poor soul standing in front of me was just as shocked as I was when I said very definit...
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Celebration of Sr. Gabriella's Eternal Yes

Celebration of Sr. Gabriella's Eternal Yes

Our dear Sr. Mary Gabriella passed into eternity on July 16, 2015. This past week we celebrated her life and the gift she was to us, praying for her and her family. Below are the words Sr. Mary Leonora, provincial superior, addressed to the community at the close of her funeral.“There is one thing I ask of the Lord; for this I long: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Ps 27), so prays the psalmist and so prays the disciple and beloved of Jesus Master. In these weeks we h...
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Jubilee Celebration 2015: Rejoicing in God's Fidelity

Jubilee Celebration 2015: Rejoicing in God's Fidelity

On this July day the Lord calls us together to celebrate Jubilee, the joyful recognition of God’s love and fidelity to our sisters in the course of 25, 60, 75 years! It is a festive day as each remembers the unconditional love of the One who calls, the very personal and individual way He walks and converses with each one, the deep relationship and bond with Him and with the sisters of community. The pervading feeling is one of gratitude. In the first reading, the author of Isaiah, speaking in t...
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St. Thérèse and My Vocation

St. Thérèse and My Vocation

I was baptized Teresa Marie, with St. Thérèse of Lisieux as my patron. Saint Thérèse was a really easy saint for me to connect with as a child: she has so many stories from her childhood; her “little way” was quite understandable to me as a kid; my grandfather gave me a relic of her which I treasured; and when I was around twelve, I read herAutobiography for the first time.  But by the time I was twelve, I almost regretted having her as a patron. St. Thérèse was supposed to be my patron saint,...
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In Jesus We Reveal the Face of Love

In Jesus We Reveal the Face of Love

Ask any Daughter of St. Paul why she entered the community, and the answers will be as varied as the women you ask. At the heart of each response, however, will be an absolute dedication to evangelization, to bringing the hope of the Gospel to today’s world with the fastest and most effective means possible, the means of communication.The Daughters of St. Paul are a community of vowed women religious who dedicate their lives to sharing the mystery of Christ’s love with the people of today thro...
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Magnificat! 100 Years and a Single Step

Magnificat! 100 Years and a Single Step

Reflections on My Forever “Yes.”Sr. Emi Magnificat’s Reflections on Her Retreat before Perpetual Profession2015 is a special year for the Daughters of St. Paul; we are celebrating our Centenary Year! 100 years of God’s faithfulness has brought us together to where we are today and continues to call us out of ourselves to respond to him in always greater trust, availability, creativity and deep love.2015 has also been also a special year for me, as I am preparing to make my perpetual professi...
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Praying for Peace: Letters from FSPs in Sudan

Praying for Peace: Letters from FSPs in Sudan

There is no doubt that all of us have heard at least some news about the difficulties in Sudan. Our sisters are in Juba and have been sending us information about the situation so that we be in solidarity with them and continue praying.A short historyIn response to the invitation of the Bishops of Sudan, the Daughters of St. Paul opened a community in Juba in 2008. We repaired an old, abandoned prefabricated house to use as a residence and also renovated a second bu...
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