One Candle Lights the Way

As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world.  It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope.  Three “advents” or “comings” shape our desire.  We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death.  We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose.  And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth. So, we…

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

As we gather at the table this Thanksgiving Day, we reflect on a prayer written by Rev. James Martin, SJ. May you be filled with abundant gratitude during this blessed season and may your hearts be overflowing with the love our God continues to share with each of us. We thank you for the gift of life itself, which you gave us in our mothers’ wombs. We thank you for the fresh start of each new day, which is a sign of your renewing and creative love. And we thank you for our friends, our families,our neighbors and our coworkers, whose human love…

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Exciting Handmaid News

Congratulations to Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, the only Handmaid-sponsored school in the United States for recently earning two prestigious awards. The U.S. Department of Education named the Academy a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018, which marks the fourth time in the school’s history that it has received this award. The school was also recently named an Apple Distinguished School for a three-year term (2018-2021). The selection of Ancillae-Assumpta Academy as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its success at creating an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Congratulations to Sister Kathleenjoy Cooper who…

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Remembering Sister Dorothy Beck

Sister Dorothy Beck, a native and very proud Philadelphian, was born to Ernest and Dorothy Beck, the eldest of five children. She was followed by three brothers: Ernie, James, John, and a sister, Miriam. She happily attended Most Blessed Sacrament Grade School and West Philadelphia Catholic High School, the latter awarding her with the distinction of entrance into the Alumni Hall of Fame. By all accounts, Sr. Dorothy was the typical oldest child, loyal, loving, and protective as she watched and fretted over her younger siblings. But on December 8, 1954, her life took on an added dimension as she…

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Welcoming Home – Answering the Call

Answering the plight of the victims caught in the tangles of human migration, a real flurry of activity took place on January 31st, 2018, as the Handmaids put the final touches on the new home of the Ramirez family. The main order of business that day for the Handmaids was to clean and put the kitchen in order. Organizing the pantry, closets, and bathroom was also on the “to do” list, while the tasks of painting, vacuuming, hanging curtains, and moving trash were being handled by additional volunteers. It was a joy to realize that Sisters from three Handmaid communities…

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