2011 USA Provincial Chapter

2011 USA Provincial Chapter

11Chapter logoEvery four years we meet, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary missioned to the U.S. Province, to discern how we will live the directions of our preceding General Chapter and to review our  various programs in the Province.  During this time we celebrate our life together through prayer, work and play.

2011 USA Provincial Chapter

11Chapter logoEvery four years we, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary missioned to the U.S. Province, meet to discern how we will live the directions of our preceding General Chapter and to review our various programs in the Province.  During this time we celebrate our life together through prayer, work and play. 

Below are the links to the highlights of each day:

August 11, 2011

August 12-13, 2011

August 14, 2011

August 15, 2011



A Prayerful Experience with the Youth

A Prayerful Experience with the Youth

SE2011rooted logoLast July 22 to 24, 2011, two FMM sisters attended the Steubenville East Youth Conference at URI in Kingston, RI.  Almost 3,000 people gathered at the Ryan Center of which 2,700 youth came from all over the New England area.  The stadium became a holy ground as the whole event was focused on Jesus.  This year’s youth conference theme, “Rooted,” taken from Colossians 2:6-7, guided the experience.

A Prayerful Experience with the Youth

 

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Last July 22 to 24, 2011, two FMM sisters attended the Steubenville East Youth Conference at URI in Kingston, RI.  Almost 3,000 people gathered at the Ryan Center of which 2,700 youth came from all over the New England area.  The stadium became a holy ground as the whole event was focused on Jesus.  This year’s youth conference theme, “Rooted,” taken from Colossians 2:6-7, guided the experience.

For over 30 years, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, based in Ohio, and Life Teen International have been hosting several youth conferences all over North America. Out of the 18 youth conferences, Rhode Island is blessed to be chosen as one of the venues for the 14th time.

Sr. Annie was privileged to be part of the prayer team whose tasked was to pray for the youth, the presenters, organizers, volunteers and priests.  Indeed their prayers worked as the 3 day event flowed smoothly.  The prayerful atmosphere continued from one activity to the next starting with the band lead by Josh SE2011JoshbandBlakesley who played songs that were truly moving and inspiring.  It moved along to the celebration of the Mass then followed by talks from wonderful speakers in the persons of Righteous B, Leah Darrow and Mark Hart (the Bible Geek). They spoke from their hearts as they shared their conversion stories and how they found Jesus as their true source of love and happiness.  Most of the speakers encouraged the youth to go to confession to receive God’s grace. The youth took their words seriously that the line for confessions was always remarkably long and lasted until midnight.

My companion sister (anonymous) volunteered as an usher.  Her team did an amazing job directing the people to their seats and assisting the crowd during the Mass, talks and small group gatherings.

At the confession line, Sr. Annie had the chance to chat with the youth who were patiently waiting for their turn.  Some expressed their fear and anxiety of going to confession, so she asked them if they want to pray together for courage and strength. Many of the youth together with their youth ministers and chaperones willingly prayed and were very grateful for such opportunity.

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Without a doubt, all were moved as the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration especially on Saturday night when Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, walked with the monstrance throughout the arena.  The youth reached their hands out when the monstrance came their way.  Jesus’ presence was truly powerful that a lot of people were literally brought to their knees and others broke down into tears.

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Sundays Mass was highlightedby Fr. Dave’sinvitation to young men and women who feel called to religious life to come toward the stage.  In their youthful age, they already felt the stirring of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.  With their showing of courage, we were moved to pray over two young women and assured them of our support.  Bishop Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, gave them his blessings and advised them to continue to be prayerful and to be faithful.

Everyone headed home all motivated from the experience.  The FMM sisters came home, too and pledged to pray unceasingly for all the participants and their teams that the spirit of the youth conference may carry them through especially during the ordinary days.

 

Annie L. Nebres, fmm