Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament News & Events

Feastday
Masses

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Friday, March 3, 2017
there will be a noon mass held on St. Katharine’s Feastday.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 will be the Public Feastday Celebration of St. Katharine Drexel along with the National Justice Award Ceremony. Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. Both masses will be held at St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel.

All are invited. Seating is limited.

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St. Katharine’s Feastday ~ March 3rd

Plan to join us a one of the Feastday mass celebrations at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, or if you can’t make it to one of those masses, plan a visit to the Shrine. If you have a group, please contact Tina Gerlach at (215) 244-9900, ext. 380 for more information and to schedule your visit. Shrine is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of 2017.

Foundation Day Mass at St. Elizabeth’s

February 12, 2017, a 9:30 a.m. mass was held at St. Elizabeth Chapel celebrating the day in which St. Katharine began her religious order — becoming the very first of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which she founded 126 years ago in the late 19th century.

A small reception was held following mass in the Mission Center building. Boy Scouts from St. Andrew’s Parish in Newtown, PA, were visiting the Shrine and learning more about St. Katharine’s life and ministry. The upstairs presentation was opened up to other visitors who might also like to watch and learn.

Thank you to all who attended and gave honor to St. Katharine Drexel.

View some of the images from these events below, or visit our Facebook album to see more of the photos.

To see more of the images taken at the event and tag photos of you and friends, visit our facebook album by clicking this link.

Sr. Maureen Patricia Ryan Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

SrMaurPatrRyan100thBday6x4On January 12, 2017 the SBS (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) will celebrate the 100th Birthday of one of their own, Sr. Maureen Patricia Ryan, with a dinner in her honor at noon in St. Michael’s Addition Parlor.

Sister Maureen Patricia will enjoy cake with her fellow sisters at the motherhouse and may even be joined by a relative or two from Ireland, where she was born in 1917 to Thomas and Margaret Ryan. Her family has been awaiting this special occasion which will be acknowledged with a special proclamation from Ireland. The room will be a buzz with well wishers, some media and special presentations from local Bensalem representatives .

To view some images of Sr. Maureen Patricia Ryan, SBS, from our facebook album, click here. Contact Cheri Wenger in Communications if you have any that you would like to add to the album. We welcome your stories as well.

To view images from the event please click this link.

2016 Employee Christmas Luncheon

Held on Dec. 21, 2016, employees joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in a festive Christmas celebration and luncheon. There were after lunch Christmas Carols lead by Sr. Carole Eden and employees with Sr. Joan Burnes accompanying them on the organ. Names were drawn for surprise Christmas gifts and Santa even took time out of his busy schedule to pop by and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

To see all of the images taken at the event and tag photos of you and friends, visit our facebook album by clicking this link.

St. Katharine Drexel Annual
Birthday Tea

On Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, a festive group attended the SKD Birthday Tea, an annual celebration in honor of St. Katharine Drexel’s birthday on Nov. 26. Tickets were required at the event and there were raffles for prizes as well as the opportunity to be a prayer angel to pray for one of the fellow attendees. There were delicious scones, tea and lots of friendly chatter. Sr. Joanne Bauer spoke about St. Katharine Drexel’s life, the charism of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which she founded, and her mission to serve the least privileged around her.

You can preview a photo album of the event on our SBS facebook page by clicking here.

A Gala Night
at a New Site

On October 29, 2016, there was a charitable spirit of unity and joy that filled the Pen Ryn Estate at the annual Gala fundraising event. You can read more about the history of this site here, and it’s ties to St. Katharine Drexel. This was the first time the event was held off the motherhouse grounds, and the new venue added to the ambience of the evening. 

The fun-filled night included a cocktail hour in the reception hall followed by a lovely formal dinner in a separate dining room. Guest dined on wonderful food and enjoyed engaging conversations, the wonderful music of The Craig Satchell Experience and lots of fun on the dance floor. Jack Wall, brother of Amy Wall, recipient of one of the miracles performed by St. Katharine Drexel, helped present the awards to raffle prize winners.

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament would like to thank all who either attended and/or supported this year’s GALA event. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, however would like to make a donation, you can click this link.

Feel free to tag yourself and friends/family in the photos on our facebook page. You can view that album by clicking here.

To order photos and view in larger slideshow form, click here or type in our share site url into your browser:

https://sbsgala2016.shutterfly.com/

You can also add your own photos to this share site for others to enjoy!

Local ASBS Retreat Mass

The Local Chapter of the Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (ASBS) gathered for retreat time on Saturday, November 13, 2016, part of which included a mass held at St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel.

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Click this link to view more images from the local chapter ASBS retreat mass.

Sweet Treats and Crafty Talents Filled the Room at the Annual Craft Sale

Much activity filled the Bensalem campus on Saturday, November 13, 2016. While the Associates were on retreat, crafters and craft enthusiasts gathered in the auditorium of St. Catherine’s to take part in the annual Craft Sale. Visitors were able to shop early for family and friends on their Christmas list with a great selection of crafts and items for purchase to fill stockings and set presents under this year’s Christmas tree.

View some of the images below or click to view and tag photos on our Facebook site.
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Holy Hour for Year of Mercy Held in St. Elizabeth Chapel

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On Nov. 2, 2016 people came to St. Elizabeth Chapel at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, PA to celebrate mass and pray the Chaplet of the Rosary as part of the Holy Hour celebration leading up to the the end of this Holy Year of Mercy designated by Pope Francis. Attendees brought dry goods to benefit a local food pantry and enjoyed some warm soup along with nice fellowship afterwards at the Mission Center.

Closing of the
Holy Doors

A Sunday mass held on November 14, 2016 celebrated the closing of the “Holy Doors” at St. Elizabeth Chapel, one of the special sites designated by Pope Francis during the Holy Year of Mercy that were experienced by many who visited the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, PA. To view the complete Facebook album, click here.

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You can see some additional images from this event in the slideshow on the right, or you can click this link to view our facebook page album from this event.

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The SBS (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament) join all Catholics in celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 6 – 12, 2016.

Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh North Carolina, states, “A culture of vocations is one that provides the necessary support for others to hear and respond to God’s call in their lives.” He further explains, “ With God’s grace, we help build that culture through fervent prayer, the witness of our lives and the encouragement we extend to those discerning a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life.”

However, not all vocations are to religious life. Some individuals may discern that single or married life may be the direction in which God is calling them. This week, take the time to reflect on how you can encourage someone in deciding which vocation is right for them.

Did you know that when a person is encouraged by three or more people in their life that they are more likely to take serious steps towards answering that call?

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament, they can visit this page for more information or surf through the headings under the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament tab on our home page.

A Few Tricks, A Table Full of Treats, and A Room Filled with Halloween Foolery & Fun

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Halloween is the type of holiday that brings out the little kid in most of us, and it is no different for the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament who were ready to experience the fun festivities that a Halloween Costume Party provides.

Surrounded by clever costumes, lighthearted conversation and plenty of goodies to snack on, the mid-day celebration began. While some sisters kept their costumes very simple, wearing a small mask, hat or headband, others cranked up their creative juices to put together clever costumes to entertain one another with humor and laughter.

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Left: Sr. Laura Cavanaigh sported her old troop leader vest to dress up as a Girl Scout Witch, and completed the costume with a campfire marshmallow wand. The fun-spirited Activities Coordinator, Lisa Abbe, looked just as cute as can be as Raggedy Ann.
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Right: Sr. Carole Eden put a wee bit of an Irish spin
on her Viking Warrior costume. Don’t you just love
her pigtail braids?

Did you know?

Occurring on Oct. 31st, the day before All Saints Day (also known as All Hallows’ Eve), the latter name was eventually shortened over time to what we now refer to in modern days as Halloween.

To view even more photos from the event, view our SBS facebook album.

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Above: Sr. Anne Benedicta Hockeborn looked totally adorable in her green witches hat & pin.

Sr. Anne Kelly showed her wonderful hospitality, pushing around the drink cart to share ice tea with the party attendees. Many of the sisters and nurses pitched in to help make the party fun and a big success!

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And this unique skeleton decoration made the Halloween party a real Thriller!!!

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Above: Staff security guard, Craig Adelman, indulges my photo request of him with the “Thriller” skeleton.

Sr. Vickie Bid A Fond Farewell at Reception

On Monday, September 26, 2016 The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament were joined by a large number of staff to wish a fond farewell to a beloved Administrative Assistant, Sr. Victoria Fanino of the Sisters of Saint Joseph who has blessed St. Michael’s with her talents, compassion, creativity and dedication to the sister’s care over the past 12 years..

Now that her congregation has asked her to take on a new ministry, Sr. Vickie, as she is fondly referred to, sadly is called to leave her position on campus. Srs. Joanne Bauer and Pat Suchalski will be taking over for her.

Guests at the reception enjoyed cake and refreshment along with some musical tributes. A lovely Native American “Pendleton” blanket was presented to Sr.Vickie to remind her of the wonderful years spent at the motherhouse with the SBS. She also received a beautiful keepsake album created by Sr. Catherine Bardsley containing photo memories as well as handwritten notes by the sisters. Thanks to all who contributed to the lovely send off.

Sr. Vickie’s service to the SBS reminds many of an excerpt from St. Katharine’s Meditation Slips, vol.11, p. 87, June 1941, broadly referencing friendship —  “The extent of one’s

love for another is measured, not so much by words of affection spoken, as by acts of kindness which a loving heart prompts.” — something that Sr. Vickie embraced wholeheartedly in her years of ministry with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone wishes her a fond farewell and many blessings in her new ministry.

To view and tag some of the images on Facebook, click here.

To see all of the images taken at the event or to add your own, visit the Shutterfly share site we created where you can also order prints.

Contemplative Circle of Prayer Event

Sept. 8, 2016

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equality.

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament hosted an evening of reflection and prayer in support of uprooting the many social injustices that exist today and to also pray as a local community for world peace. To view all of the images from this event click here.

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Celebrating the Jubilarians who have given 50, 60 & 70 years of service by their commitment to the SBS.

In a dual Jubilee Ceremony, the 60th & 70th Jubilarians renewed their commitment in a Morning Prayer and Mass at St. Michael Chapel on July 3, 2016.

Right: The 60th and 70th Jubilarians receive the Eucharist during a mass in their honor to celebrate their special anniversary Jubilees.

Sr. Dorothy Dowd and Sr. June Fisher proudly attended their 60th year of service, while Sr. Naomi Menza and Sr. Rita Radloff, who are both serving ministries elsewhere, were not in attendance.

Below, left to right: Sr. Dorothy Dowd and Sr. June Fisher pose by portrait of their foundress, St. Katharine Drexel, following Jubilee Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Roselle Brodfuehrer, Sr. Anne Regina Corcoran and Sr. Margaret Sullivan (shown below, left to right) marked their 70th year of service to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and rededicated themselves to walking in the footsteps of St. Katharine Drexel.

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At a SeparateService Held Following the Celebration of Gratitude, 50 Year Jubilarians Marked Their Special Anniversary

use 16th anniversaryWhile in visiting during the Celebration of Gratitude, Sr. Christine Smith and Sr. Judith Franz celebrated in a separate service on July 17, 2016 with fellow Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. SBS Leadership Councilor, Sr. Jean Olmstead (shown right) with the 50th Jubilarians, congratulates them on their dedication and commitment. A special thanks to all these wonderful sisters!

 St. Katharine Drexel Worked Another Miracle
to Halt the Endless Days of Rain for the 3rd Annual
Golf Outing

FBsm-IMG_5645After eleven days of straight rain it seemed like a true miracle was performed by the lady for whom this awesome fundraising event is named. Just a bit of mistiness as the golfers manned their carts, then the skies remained dry for the St. Katharine Drexel 3rd Annual Golf Outing — a fundraising event including 18 holes of golf, a luncheon, raffle drawings and plaques that were presented to the winners of the Closest to the Pin, the Longest Drive and overall Championship Team. Hosted again at the beautiful Bensalem Township Country Club, 83 golfers participated and numerous hole sponsors showed their support for this event whose proceeds benefit the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Above, is the three time reigning champs who narrowly held onto their title this year when they tied with a 7 under score that was decided by the tiebreaker rule of comparing scores for the toughest hole deemed by course pro. These guys edged out some family competition…but to all the great competitors, there is always next year to try to dethrone these champions!!!

To view images from the Golf Portion of this event on our Facebook album page. Feel free to tag yourself in the photos and to leave us comments. To view images from the Luncheon, please click here.

Many thanks to our host course, our volunteers and golfers, Dave Greer for organizing the event, and the many supporters who donated and sponsored the event! Thanks for making it a big success. The final total raised by this event is $7,110.98, our most successful outing to date!

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament announce
decision to sell Motherhouse, Virginia properties

(Bensalem, Penn.—May 3, 2016) “On behalf of all the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, I am announcing today our Congregation’s decision to divest itself of two of our largest properties,” said Sister Donna Breslin, SBS, president of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. “We know the time is right to make this decision.”

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament are selling the historic, gracious 44-acre property in Bensalem, Penn., which Mother Katharine Drexel purchased to build the Motherhouse for the religious order she founded in 1891. The Congregation also is selling more than 2,200 acres in Powhatan, Va., near Richmond, the former site of two schools for black students: St. Francis de Sales for girls and St. Emma Military Academy for boys. Colonel Edward Morrell, Mother Katharine’s brother-in-law, acquired this land in the early 1890s. Later, the land was transferred to the Congregation.

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The National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel on the Motherhouse campus remains open and continues to welcome visitors through 2017. Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. has confirmed the remains of Saint Katharine Drexel will be moved, when the time is right, to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, and placed near the altar already honoring her. She is the second American-born person ever to be canonized.

In addition, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament are entrusting many of their archives to the care of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, especially because Mother Katharine Drexel and her family played such a central role in supporting the Catholic Church in Philadelphia.

The Congregation has retained Plante Moran REIA as its exclusive real estate asset investment advisor to manage the disposition of both properties using a request-for-proposal (RFP) process.

Click here to read/download the entire press release.

Press Images:
High resolution JPGs of the Motherhouse campus, of Sister Donna Breslin, SBS accompany this release and can be found at this link.

Click here to view the statement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on their website.

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