Resources for Religious Sisters

Journeying Together
A Chronicle of Religious Communities That Have Served the Archdiocese of Boston during the Last 200 Years

In 2005 His Eminence, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. as part of his charge to the committee planning for the celebration of the Archdiocesan Bicentennial said: The Archdiocesan Bicentennial should help us to look at our history with gratitude, reverence the present and move into the future with hope, confident that God is with us always.

One of the fruits of that looking at our history is this chronicle Journey Together in Christ, which documents the ministry and life of the many religious communities that are part of the Archdiocese of Boston. It represents a wonderful Love Story that speaks of courageous founders, faithfilled major superiors, and devoted religious who responded generously to the invitation to come to Boston. Concerned for the pastoral care of a large immigrant population, and trusting in the providence of God, religious communities built schools, hospitals and social service agencies. Their legacy for the next 200 years is that with God all things are possible.I pray that God will bless them abundantly for their presence in the Archdiocese of Boston.
My journey to Carmel has been joyful and persistent (the Lord keeps teaching me).   It was 2004 that I kept asking the question, “How can I serve You, Lord?”   I know with my family’s prayer, Prayer Community, friends and intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux, He led me here.

It was “Story of a Life” that changed my heart to love Jesus more.  There were many graces during this discernment time.  Mom, my Spiritual Director, and I have been praying for my vocation for a number of years.  It was then that I made contact with the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.  God planted the seed and October 23, 2004, I spoke with my Mom and said I will be in Carmel.  A year later, October 23, 2005, was the day I said “yes” to Jesus, and to have a life full of boundless love for God’s people, and to serve Him endlessly.

For many years God patiently called me to religious life, but it was only in surrendering more fully to God that I was led to a Community that is both active and contemplative, where I could use my gifts as a nurse practitioner.  After seeing an ad in Visions Magazine for the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, I went on a discernment retreat the weekend Pope John Paul II died.  The Pope’s message, ‘Do not be afraid’, reverberated through me and on my birthday as well as Divine Mercy Sunday I joyfully said ‘yes’ to God’s call
Contemplative Life in the Archdiocese of Boston by Sister Mary Francis Hone, OSC

Prayer and retreat animators, presenters, vocation talks or service projects.
St. Marguerite d’Youville Center for Spirituality, 1977 Mass Ave. Lexington, MA 02421-4812.
Opportunity to have a Prayer Companion and also for Spiritual Direction and an opportunity to Share the Scriptures. Reflection Prayer Days are held throughout the year.. Contact: Sr. Gladys Marherfka, SGM at 781-862-0938 (evenings).