In the last ten years some religious congregations have created Non-Governmental Organizations in order to engage in advocacy for social justice. These religious congregations are usually congregations for whom acting with and for marginalized social groups is a constitutive element of their founding charism. Among the first such groups to achieve consultative status with the United Nations was Franciscans International.
This NGO was created by the thirty or so religious congregations and groups that make up the Franciscan family. Among these congregations is the Passionist International. The Monastery hosted their meeting with Passionists priests and Sisters who came to discuss the dynamics of this organization.
Mr. Johnathan Ramos, a native of Puerto Rico will complete his year of Postulancy at the Monastery beginning in September. Following this year, he will enter the Novitiate.
Father Jack Connor, C.P., a native of Scranton, PA. has opted to return to Scranton for health care. Father remained here for several months, in the Monastery’s Health Care Facility here.
He has decided to return to his hometown of Scranton to receive care at a St. Mary’s, a local health care facility. Once his health improves, he will return to St. Ann’s Monastery.
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The Monastery relies on its prayer life to support the elderly priests and brothers who live in Immaculate Conception Monastery, the Health Care House of our Province. Can we help our loved ones who have died? Is there anything that we can still do for them? Can our prayers make a difference?
The answer is, yes. Pope Benedict said, "It is never too late to touch the heart of another, nor is it ever in vain. The souls of the departed can receive, 'solace and refreshment' through the Eucharist and through our prayers and charitable deeds. We believe that our love can reach into the afterlife, that reciprocal giving and receiving is possible. We believe that our affection for one another continues beyond the limits of death. It has been a fundamental conviction of Christianity, throughout the ages and it remains a source of comfort today."