Time Goes Fast!

10-28-2018The Sisters Corner

We can’t believe that it’s been two years since we arrived in the U.S. We are grateful for the many blessings that we have received from God since we started this adventure of God’s Plan!!

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Propositions, Meth Labs and AZ

10-28-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

A relief break, from looking into the sad goings-on in the ecclesiastical world is certainly in order. Then again looking at the outside landscape isn’t so uplifting either. One of the candidates running for US Senate in AZ was quoted as saying, “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life,” she told Scottsdale nightlife magazine 944. “That’s bulls***. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here.” Well, I for one want to stand up for those women who “stay at home” since we have lots of them in our community.

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Not About You

10-21-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Over the last several weeks I’ve heard from many survivors of abuse, both at the hands of priests and others. The scope of how many people sexual abuse in general touches is really mind-numbing. But I tell those who were abused that the first step out of the damage of abuse is to realize that it was not about you. It was never about you, it was always about the abuser and his or her sickness and sin.

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Vatican vs Trump-Putin?

10-14-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The Viganò-Vatican vitriolic verbiage is starting to sound like something worthy of a Dan Brown novel. In a second published letter, Archbishop Viganò challenges several Vatican officials by name to reveal what they knew about the behavior of former Cardinal, McCarrick. One of them, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the head of the Vatican Congregation that assists the Pope in appointing Bishops, responded with a long and acerbic public letter.

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Listen to His Voice Calling Us

10-14-2018The Sisters Corner

All of us, lay and consecrated people, are called to Holiness and to follow Jesus in very different ways. We as Servants of the Plan of God, listened to His Call in a specific moment of our lives. Actually, God was calling us many times before we answered. But there is a special moment where we recognized His voice calling us to follow Him to be his Servants: some of us when we were 15, 18, 25 years old or more and each one, with a different story to tell.

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Sr. Maria Jose's experience in the Newman Center

10-07-2018The Sisters Corner

Working with college students has been a wonderful experience for me during my time in Arizona. It makes me so happy to see the Lord working in the heart of each student specially when we have been on Retreats or Mission Trips.

It is a strong moment for them to have an encounter with Jesus and with the beautiful heart that the Lord has given them. ASU is one of the largest universities in the US and there is a need for our Lord to be very visible.

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Poisonous By Nature

10-07-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The sagas of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the US Supreme Court and Dr. Kermitt Gosnell, convicted killer, both intersect over abortion and the mistreatment of women. Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist was convicted of the homicide of women on whom he performed abortions and the death of multiple infants, who were born alive. The fierce opposition to Kavanaugh is at its bottom line over abortion, specifically whether or not he represents the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Once again, we see how abortion poisons everything.

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The Award Goes to...

09-30-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The First-Place award for how NOT to handle an allegation of sexual assault goes to: Sen. Diane Feinstein of CA. Congratulations Senator for demonstrating extreme self-centeredness in using an alleged victim of sexual assault as a political prop. Someone in her leadership position is required by law, when they receive an allegation of this nature that includes the name of the alleged victim, alleged perpetrator and approximate location and time frame, to report the allegation to law enforcement, in this case to the Montgomery County, Maryland Police. By not reporting it she is probably guilty of the crime of failure to report (and so is the counselor to whom this allegation was first made in 2012 if it included the same information). Every one of you who have completed our Safe Environment Training knows this is the procedure to report an allegation. How is it that a lawmaker who helped make the law for mandatory reporting doesn't herself follow it? If the Senator loses her upcoming re-election bid she could always try her hand a being a Bishop.

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Siervas in concert!

09-30-2018The Sisters Corner

This past week our Sisters from the music band Siervas have been visiting and giving concerts in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. It's been a blessing to spread the Gospel to so many people and in so many different countries and cultures.

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Picking Real Winners

09-23-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite novelists, Graham Greene wrote a short novel entitled, Monsignor Quixote. It's a humorous story of the adventures of a Spanish Priest from a small town who through a fluke is named a Monsignor by the Vatican much to the chagrin of his Bishop. The Bishop eventually suspends him as it’s just too much for the Bishop to have this lowly, unimportant, small-town priest to wear the robes of a monsignor. The irony is that Quixote is a very delightful, humorous man who is very well versed in Catholicism and ultimately is mortally wounded trying to save a statue of the Virgin Mary from being desecrated. The story is an ecclesiastical version of The Man of La Mancha in many ways.

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Necessary Clarifications

09-16-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

In 2017 there were 1,207 allegations of child abuse by Pennsylvania public school employees. There were 280 reports alone in Philadelphia. In 2017, in the Catholic Church in all 50 US States and its territories, there were 24 allegations of abuse by Catholic priests. Six of the twenty-four allegations were determined to be substantiated and of those six, four were against the same priest. It would seem that child abuse by a priest is a thing of the past. But what about child abuse by Public School teachers?

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Our mission in Ayaviri (Peru)

09-16-2018The Sisters Corner

Last Sunday we celebrated Grandparents Day, a beautiful day to remember and to celebrate who they are for each one of us in our families but also for the world. They have incredible wisdom and richness to share - fruit of lived experiences.

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Who will be strong and stand with me?

09-09-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

Do you hear the people sing,
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.

Will you join in our crusade
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see
?

Les Misérables: Final Lyrics

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Mission Trips

09-09-2018The Sisters Corner

These past weeks our sisters and volunteers from Chile, Ayacucho, Ayaviri and Lima (cities in Peru) have been serving in very poor places. They are very distant from the big cities and sometimes the help that they receive is not as much as they need. The faith of these people is very strong, especially in Ayacucho and Ayaviri.

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Let the Little Children Come to Me

09-02-2018The Sisters Corner

“ Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Mt 19:14)

During these almost two years that I have been serving at OLMC, God has asked me to serve in the Religious Education program. This has been a blessing for me, and I’m honored God has trusted me with this mission. One of the things I like the most about working in RE is being able to witness God’s love for the children. He loves them very much! And it is beautiful to see how the children open up their own hearts to receive this love.

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Double Standards?

09-02-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

The sworn memorandum by Archbishop Carlo Viganó, confirms things I wrote in my previous letter, albeit on a much larger scale. The media’s reporting on his testimony is quite curious. While this is potentially one of the biggest scandals in Church history, and we have had a few doosies over the centuries, the media is being very restrained in a lot of its coverage. (Of course, I realize that no story, no matter how big can compete with Trump-amania.) In the Reuters reporting, while they stated Viganó’s allegations they were quick to add that “no evidence was presented”. Other outlets stated that the document lacked proof or documentation to back up the claims. Fair enough. The same for the Archbishop’s recalling of a private conversation with Pope Francis in which he said he informed him that McCarrick had a very substantial file on him that the Pope should review, the media called that conversation “unsubstantiated”. Strange that the same media took as Gospel truth James Comey’s account of the private conversation he had with the President.

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