Women religious

Obituary | Sr. Mary Frances Loftin, DC

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 7 at Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Ind., for Sister Mary Frances Loftin, DC, president of the Daughters of Charity National Health System in St. Louis in the 1990s.

Sister Mary Frances, 87, died April 1 at Seton Residence in Evansville.

Born in Atlanta, Sister Mary Frances attended high school in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1955 and a master's degree in health care administration at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1970.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Teresita Rivet, OSU

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 28 in New Orleans for Sister Mary Teresita Rivet, an Ursuline Sister who ministered in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in the 1980s. Sister Teresita died March 19 in New Orleans. She was 94.

Born Inez Marie Rivet in New Orleans, she received her elementary and secondary education from Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1939 and made her vows in 1941.

Open houses allow discernment, exploration of religious life

To celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, religious communities in the archdiocese are opening their doors -- for young people discerning the call to religious life and for visitors to explore the religious orders living their charisms.

Next up are the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, both hosting events the weekend of March 7-8.

Consecrated life on display: love of community, mission

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Sister Carolyn Brown, ASCJ talked with Cor Jesu junior, Angelica Brice at the Apostles of the Sacred Heart convent next to Sacred Heart Villa the Hill.  The Apostles of the Sacred Heart also operate Cor Jesu Academy, a college preparatory high school.   Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life includes an invitation to meet religious at open houses.  The nationwide open houses included three in St. Louis with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart, Ursulines and Daughters of St. Paul opening their doors for visitors on Feb. 8.

On a glorious Sunday afternoon in early February, three religious communities in the archdiocese welcomed visitors for the first big day of open houses celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life.

Visitors feasted not only on literal treats of cookies, punch and other goodies but also on figurative treats of charisms and history lessons of the religious orders -- in North America, in the St. Louis Italian community and in the inter-connected world circa 2015.

Prayers for students, prayers for consecrated life

Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, director of the Office of Consecrated and Religious Life, visited students at Christ the King School in University City to pray a decade of the Rosary and let them ask all the questions they wanted to ask a nun. Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org.

With two religious sisters in their midst, the second-graders of Christ the King School in University City quizzed them about all things religious.

Their calling. Their prayer lives. Their charism.

But one student had an inquiry that only comes from the mouth of a child.

"Do you go to the grocery store?"

"My favorite question," Sister Marysia Weber said later, with a laugh.

Of course, religious sisters go grocery shopping -- they eat just like the rest of us. Also, like most of us, they snooze at night sans head gear, which was another question: "Do you wear your veil to bed?"

Series meant to open young adults' eyes to discerning vocation

Abby Unverferth, 24, prayed at the “Come Catch the Fire” series Nov. 13 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse.

Sarah Harbaugh remembers the first time she was asked the question.

As a student at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, Ill., one of her teachers, a sister with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, asked Harbaugh if she had considered religious life.

She laughed a little and said, "No."

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