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Sister Lori Keen, SSND
Through her many years of teaching, Sr Lori learned that those who are poor “are the rich ones, for they have hearts of gold and showed me how to love, to share, and to serve." S. Lori said "The BEST times of my life were the times I could make others happy or when others helped me to be happy."

All powerful God,
you are present in the universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.

Sister Rosanne Mensik fondly remembers a family tradition from the 1950s in Connecticut.
On December 11, Sisters at The Watermark in Bridgeport, CT continued what had been a beloved tradition at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton - a holiday performance by the Bell Choir.
Enjoy a Christmas reflection and prayer this week and plan to join the Central Pacific Province's Shalom Racial Justice Committee to welcome the new year with a freedom’s eve “Watch Night” prayer service.
 It is incumbent upon us, as witnesses to the suffering of the Haitian people, to urge our Senators and Congresspersons to insist that the Biden Administration end deportation flights to Haiti. Take Action Here
January, Is National HT Prevention Month. Please consider reviewing and using the resources listed to take action!
Please enjoy this week's Laudato Si quote, and reflection, watch "The Facility" by Time Magazine, learn about “Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community", watch a CP Province webinar on CRT, and urge your Representative to co-sponsor the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victim Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2021 (TVPRA) HR 5150 bill.
Sister Rita White
Sister Rita’s compassion, sensitivity and thoughtfulness were her endearing qualities. She focussed her attention on others, not on herself. A former colleague recalls that when Rita was in Lima. Peru, she would leave the house in the morning, walking to her destination and spending time greeting the neighbors and children with a gift, word of hope, or consolation. Her life was lived happily, in service to others.

Human children are so incredibly vulnerable, counting on us adults to insure that they are safe.

“Alert to rapidly evolving conditions in a changing society, we discern which world conditions we are called to address…and what the urgent educational needs of our times are.”  

- YAS General Directory #37

Student Council leaders at the Academy of the Holy Angels, sent homemade videos and a digital Advent calendar to the children from Saint Peter the Apostle School in Philadelphia. Both schools were founded by the SSNDs, and traditionally celebrate Saint Nicholas Day together. While in-person visits are not possible, the high school students continue to make the holidays a special time for their younger counterparts.
The new Council was installed on December 8, 2021. “We are grateful to our Sisters of the Atlantic-Midwest for their commitment and openness throughout the discernment process and assure the new Provincial Council of our prayerful support,” said General Superior Sister Roxanne Schares.
Please enjoy this week's Laudato Si quote, and reflection questions, read about Las Posadas, and Our Lady of Guadalupe, and read this week's Advent Reflection.
Living at the Generalate in Rome is an opportunity to experience SSND life in a multi-cultural environment. In any given year, I formed community with Sisters from provinces across the congregation. Daily life had a flavor and character that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Sisters at The Watermark in Bridgeport, Connecticut recently celebrated Sister Marie Anna Moltz's 100th birthday! We wish Sister Marie Anna good health and much happiness on this wonderful accomplishment!
At Holy Angels, raising funds for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. and Beyond Borders was as simple as pulling on a pair of socks: "crazy socks," to be exact. Angels for Veterans and the Academy's basketball teams developed and co-hosted this month's Socks for Soldiers event. Students donated $2 apiece for the chance to wear non-uniform socks for a day.

Congratulations to the following organizations, which have received Gospel Fund grants to support their missions. Click here for PDF

Gaudete Sunday reminds us there is hope in the waiting, hope in the chaos. Hope in a new birth, hope in Emmanuel, God with us. Children are born with hope that the world will love them, that the world will keep them safe.
Erin Ha, a teen tennis phenomenon from Tenafly, recently won the USTA National Girls’ 16-and-Under Indoor Singles Championship. Ha transferred this year to the Academy of the Holy Angels, where she is a junior.