More About Our History

01-29-2017The Sisters Corner

Our community continues to grow as more women come together wanting to bear witness to HIS offering of eternal love from the cross. Women who carry other’s crosses as an offering and bearing witness to our Lord’s own giving of love, warmth, tenderness, compassion and in solidarity joyfully announcing faith and charity.

In the year dedicated to the Holy Spirit, as we were moving towards the Jubilee of the year 2000, in the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru , our community: Servants of the Plan of God was established on August 15 1998, (the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary).

We remain open to the influence of the Holy Spirit through a maturation process that achieves the form of a canonical society in apostolic life. Thus allowing us to continue to serve HIS people as part of the awe inspiring Mission of the Church.

5 Saturdays Makes all the Difference

01-29-2017Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

May 13th will be the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, and October 13th will be the celebration of the final one. While the apparition of Our Lady at Guadalupe is the most popular, the messages of Fatima were the most prescient and somber. At Fatima, Our Lady warned us of the bloody carnage that would mark the 20th century. She asked us to pray to mitigate the bloodshed. She also warned, “Russia would continue to spread her errors throughout the world.” And now, finally, we see the progressive left admitting that Russia wages a propaganda war against our democracy. For years the Popes sounded a clarion against communism and Catholics were often accused of having an anti-communist/Russian obsession. Well, who’s obsessed now?!

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Sermon on the Mount

01-29-2017Stewardship Reflection

The Gospel Reading for today is what is popularly called the Sermon on the Mount. Many think it is the absolute epitome of Jesus’ teachings. To be sure it tells us how we are to live our lives, the attitudes we are to have. We must remember that those who were waiting and hoping for the Messiah expected a military leader, one who would lead them in battle against their oppressors.

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A Stewardship Reflection

01-22-2017Stewardship Reflection

The prophet Isaiah again records a remarkable prophesy in our First Reading from the Book of Isaiah. Within the context of that Scriptural reading Isaiah says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Just prior to that Isaiah speaks of two areas of Israel that are also the names of two of the twelve tribes of Israel — Zebulon and Naphtali. These tribes were located at the northern end of Israel adjacent to the Sea of Galilee.

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Poisonous Footballs

01-22-2017Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Our Sisters have spent a season without a summer. Some might say not a bad thing. When they left South America, it was spring turning to summer and when they arrived in North America, it was fall turning to winter. But soon enough they will be treated to life inside the yearly furnace we call summer. For me I spent a season without NFL Football. As the season was gearing up and the Kaepernick kerfuffle (asking us to judge people not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin or uniform) was going strong I decided that would be more poison than I wanted to ingest. We all have to decide how much toxins we want to be exposed to and find ways to limit that exposure. After all, our souls can only fight off so much before we lose all hope. Plus, I really find it annoying to be lectured by very overpaid athletes who know little about the issues.

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Our History

01-22-2017The Sisters Corner

The Lord has his own ways. Looking at our own history, we regard our birth as a gift for the service of the Church.

In the past the presence of religious communities, was perhaps more common, in hospitals or clinics as well as far away mission places where people were deprived of spiritual support and help in the moments of pain, found a spiritual solace in those difficult moments that required a look of hope and spiritual connection.

Now a days, in the need that exists to give testimony of the Lord, showing the world His mercy and charity, (especially in various situations that are marked by the pain and suffering of the person), where the explicit presence of the consecrated life is in some places even smaller, the Holy Spirit created us to exist as a response to this need.

Our Community Life

01-15-2017The Sisters Corner

Community life is a fundamental part of the vocation of a servant. As the community of the Apostles who gathered around Mary focusing their lives in the Lord Jesus, we also seek to live, love and bear witness of Him in the world.

Each servant encounters in her community life, an excellent way to receive the grace of God and try to learn to be more like the Lord Jesus, in His love, His mercy and His unconditional surrender for others. In our community life, we find a privileged space to experience friendships in the Lord. It is also a space of knowledge and an encounter where we celebrate our faith and share the grace and the gift of our vocation as we prepare to serve better in the mission.

Anticipating that our communities are sealed by an intense spirit of family, of Christian charity, of sisterhood and joy; as servants, we live happily with other sisters who also discovered the call to give their lives to the service of God and to the neediest people.

A Stewardship Reflection

01-15-2017Stewardship Reflection

Our Gospel Reading today is quite short. However, it contains an important revelation from St. John the Baptist about Jesus, our Lord and Savior. John the Baptist testifies, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him.” We are fond in the Church to use the symbol of the dove to represent the Holy Spirit, but what John says is not that the Spirit was a dove, but it descended like a dove.

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More Will Be Revealed...

01-15-2017Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, you remember “to boldly go where no man has gone before” and the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, which is said to be a powerful year, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward, we are entering the era of Trump. We might be going where no one has gone before in electing a person who has not held elected office or high military command and who comports himself as never coming near the middle of the road. In my letter of 18 September (The Ego vs. Lady Macbeth), which was critically acclaimed (very critical) by a local news outlet, I mentioned that Mr. Trump doesn't think twice about turning the tables on his opponents and that he would expose the lies and vacuousness of the elite ruling class. I think I was right. True to form, he has demonstrated an uncanny ability, sometimes without even trying, to do just that.

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An Open Letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump

01-08-2017Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

President-elect Donald J. Trump
725 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10022

Dear President-elect Trump,

As Christians conclude the Christmas season with the celebration of Epiphany, I wish to shine a light on recent threats to Christian churches throughout the US. Just days prior to Christmas, the U.S. Government reported that ISIS terrorists were targeting Churches in the U.S. on Christmas, though no specifics were given. If it were the intention of the Federal authorities to scare Christians away from attending Christmas services, then a better strategy could not be had.

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Epiphany, the Voice of God Calls the Whole World...

01-08-2017Stewardship Reflection

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means “to shine upon,” “to manifest,” or “to make known.” What the Church celebrates today is the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ to the whole world; after being made known to the shepherds of Bethlehem, He is revealed to the Magi who have come from the East to adore Him.

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Our Prayer Life

01-08-2017The Sisters Corner

In answering the call that God invites us to accept, we seek to put our Lord Jesus as the foundation of our lives. We aspire to live foundationally in the dimensions of personal and communal prayer.

We strive to live our lives daily as if in continuous prayer that rises to the Father giving glory and praise. We seek to live intensely our sacramental life, actively participating in the Sacred Liturgy, and nourish our spiritual life with the reading of Scriptures, Divine Lectio, praying the Rosary, among other forms of prayer. Participation in the Eucharistic Celebration along with daily visits to the Blessed Sacrament are necessary in our daily encounter with the Lord. In these encounters we are strengthened daily and we renew our participation in the Paschal Mystery, referring to our sense of our apostolic service which is the means we have to offer of ourselves.

Similarly, we are called to an apostolic life. We aspire to live our daily life with the characteristics of the spirituality of action. Looking for the unity with the Lord in everything. The inspiration of Mary, Our Lady, who preserves and ponders all the things in her heart (LK 2,19.51), guiding us to continue along the path of life in prayer.

Just for Today

01-01-2017Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Soon it will be the year that was. But was it a year to remember, or your favorite year? Was it the best year ever, maybe a year in the life of a fool? Or was it more the days of wine and roses or a time we’d rather forget? However those 525,600 minutes of those 365 days of 2016 passed by I hope you can find many reasons for gratitude and thankfulness.

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Our Mission

01-01-2017The Sisters Corner

To accomplish our mission, we are inspired by the model of Our Lady as a Servant. In particular, in the passages of the Visitation and the Wedding at Cana. Mary goes to serve to her cousin Elizabeth carrying the Word in her virginal womb. She brings the Good News and at the same time is in solidarity with Elizabeth in service to her in times of need. At the Wedding at Cana, Holy Mary is exemplary in her attitude of prompt and effective service to the needy. Expressing in her actions the closeness with her Son. She trusts him unconditionally and that is the reason She intercedes before him for the needs of others.

Mary is our model of service. We desire to live and serve as She did in these delightful passages, with the same attitudes that She did.

Our passion is to bring Jesus to the world. Announcing with joy the Gospel through service. Arising from the encounter of the love of Christ and with the charity with which we seek to serve all of our brothers and sisters but especially, the fragile, sick, poor and needy people and our suffering brothers and sisters. Our priorities are in health service, formation in the faith, education, assistance and promoting human dignity.

War Without End

12-25-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

One of the less sentimental Christmas songs is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. The song is based on a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day in 1863. His wife had died in a fire two years earlier and his son was a young Lieutenant serving in the Union Army and was badly injured in a battle. Added to this the nation was being torn asunder by civil war so you can understand the pensive and heavy feeling that this song brings with it:

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Our Emblem

12-18-2016The Sisters Corner

Our Emblem is formed by an image and a motto: the image is the Immaculate Heart of Mary and our motto is “By Faith with Charity”. The following information is the description of the image:

Heart: it is exposed to be loved by God and to love all.
Fire: it is burning for loving Jesus and all humankind, looking for their salvation.
Sword: Its shape is a cross. It invites us to love as Christ has loved us, in the joyful and sorrowful times.
White roses: They invite us to live in purity and to seek the true good of others with charity of heart.
Blue light color: It refers to heaven and reminds us of the eternal love, which God has loved us first.
Motto “By Faith with Charity”: Faith gives us the certainty of being beloved by God in a personal way. Each servant delves into this experience of God's love daily, and this really opens our hearts, driving us to live intensely the charity in service to our brothers and sisters, especially those who suffer most. Looking that also they can discover themselves that they are infinitely loved by God.-

Climate Change

12-18-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Different news agencies have recently reported that the Vatican has issued new guidelines for the formation of future priests. Not exactly earth shattering news except that the guidelines include incorporating the teaching of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter “Care for our Common Home” (Laudato Si). Again no big news here as seminary curricula includes studying lots of Papal Encyclical letters. But somehow the news took all this to mean that the Pope is requiring new priests to preach about global warming/climate change. That doesn't seem to be the case but we will have to wait and see. It would seem odd to raise the issue to the level of doctrine especially after the Church jumped on the anti-Galileo train and suffered the longest lasting black eye in history. Still this could be messy and divisive for new priests. For the more mature among us well it can be hard to teach an old dog new tricks hence the Pope’s call for ‘ecological conversion’.

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We Need a Little Christmas

12-11-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

For we need a little Christmas right this very moment… Actually as I write this it is the Feast Day of St. Nicholas who is the basis of our Santa Claus figure. St. Nick was known to be a charitable man who had great devotion to his people. But he was also a strong Bishop who defended the Christian faith especially the truth about the person of Jesus Christ. On both accounts he gives us an example to imitate. The most amazing thing of all is that a Catholic bishop who lived in 4th century Turkey still exercises such tremendous influence on our imagination and our culture. What his life teaches us is that there is no telling how powerful one’s individual actions can be to influence others or even the course of history for the good. St. Nicholas was by no means a man of means but he used what he had to improve the lot of others.

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Our Name “Servants of the Plan of God”

12-11-2016The Sisters Corner

Our name reminds us of our identity and mission in the world. The word "Plan" comes from the Greek “boulé” which means project or design. The term "servant" from the Latin “servus” or “doulos” in Greek and it refers to the person who serves God and keeps its precepts. The Apostle Paul commonly referred to himself as "servant" of Jesus Christ (Rom 1,1; Ph 1,1). Jesus identified himself with service "Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mt 20,28; Mk 10,45) and He recognized service as an expression of love "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends" (Jn 15,13).

The design or project of God that every servant discovers as a call, to have all our lives, all our time and our whole being at the service of God and His Plan of love, which seeks the salvation of all human beings (1Tm 2,4). Taking as models in our service to Jesus, servant of the servants and to Our Lady, the handmaid of the Lord. It can also be understood as a call to live a spirituality of service, in particular with our brothers who suffer and those most in need.

The Land

12-04-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

I’m feeling like a glass of tap water among bottles of Evian and Perrier or maybe better a bagel on a plate of Danish. We have welcomed our Sisters from the Servants of the Plan of God, two from Peru, one from Ecuador and one from Chile. Now we welcome Fr. Jerome Cayetano, SVD from the Philippines! In addition we have Fr. Ernesto in residence here and he is from Mexico (but soon to be a US citizen). I’m simply no longer exotic, unless of course you consider Philadelphia a foreign place!

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Getting to Know Us

12-04-2016The Sisters Corner

The Servants of the Plan of God is a new religious community inspired from de Holy Spirit as an answer for this Third Millennium. We are a community of consecrated women who live the Full Apostolic Availability, living in community and giving ourselves to God in evangelization and solidarity in service.

We were founded on August 15th. 1998 with the approval of the Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora S.J. Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru. Our particular spirituality received the approval of Saint John Paul II.

The Servants feel the invitation of the Lord Jesus to live apostolate preaching the Gospel to all. We seek to live charity intensively but particularly with people who have material or spiritual
needs. We consecrate ourselves to evangelize youth, culture, family and we give special attention to fragile, sick and poor people and to our brothers and sisters who suffer.

We wear a habit that identifies us, so that in this apostolic service and charitable work we carry out, our explicit support to the faith of the Church and its mission may be recognized. Actually, we develop our apostolic mission in countries of America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

To learn more about us visit www.siervasdelplandedios.org  or facebook.com/siervasdelplandedios/ 

Times Are A-Changing

11-27-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin And there's no telling who that it's naming For the loser now will be later to win Cause the times they are a-changing.
Bob Dylan " The Times Are A-Changing"

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Vote No on 205

11-06-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

So you play your albums, and you smoke your pot
And you meet your girlfriend in the parking lot
Oh but still you're aching for the things you haven't got
What went wrong
And if you can't understand why your world is so dead
Why you've got to keep in style and feed your head
Well you're 21 and still your mother makes your bed
And that's too long
Captain Jack will get you high tonight
And take you to your special island
Captain Jack will get you by tonight
Just a little push, and you'll be smilin'
Captain Jack by Billy Joel

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