Communications

Does the Communications Department have a ministry?

Yes indeed! Social media broadcasts how the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Associates and others live in today’s world the values St. Katharine Drexel learned from Christ — to be rooted in Eucharist, to evangelize, to seek justice, to serve the poor and build community.

The Department also assists other departments with their promotional needs.

Promotional Materials: Advertisements, logos, brochures, newsletters, booklets and prayer cards. Materials are printed and finished in the production room. Larger volumes are sent to off-site printers. The Communications Manager is also responsible for work associated with the web including updating and creating new material, management of social media, public relations and office communications.

MISSION Magazine biannually encourages readers to live Gospel values. Articles about SBS, Associates and coworkers include shared efforts to evangelize,  promote justice and respect different cultures.  MISSION describes what Black and Native Americans and other persons accomplish in the Church and society TODAY.

Our March 2017 issue of MISSION takes on a new look and format that we are anxious to share with you in two version…you can now download/view in 2 page spreads or as single, printable pages.

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Can Sisters and Associates carry Christ’s Gospel of Love into today’s marketplace? Read MISSION!

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Together we are called by Christ and His Church to build up His Body until we are all ONE in Him and in the Father.


To download and read a pdf copy of  MISSION, click on the download button below the issue you want to read.

ALL NEW MISSION MAGAZINE – 2017!!!

Mission 2017 LXXXI – 1

*A Glimpse Inside Pastoral Care Ministry with Sr. Stephanie Henry, SBS (Cover Story)
*DAPL – Taking a Stand (A Call for Social Justice).
*A 100th Birthday Celebration for an SBS centenarian.
*What’s Happening Now: Changes in Motherhouse Staff; New Faces & Places; SBS Transitioning to Paul’s Run Retirement Community.
*In Loving Memory – Sister who have passed away.
*Our Sister Spotlight: Sr. Pat Marshall, SBS (bk cover).

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*Harlem, NYC., and Navajo, NM, — separated by distance and culture, united in Faith.
*Sr. Lynn Marie, with a chuckle, shares the story of her vocation.
*ASBS Director Carole Blanks commits her life to Christ and his people through private vows.

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MISSION LXXX 1 : Defying the odds

CoverLXXX 1 * Sr. Sandra Smithson’s Charter School welcome’s Nashville’s poor, under-served children.
* Sr. Marianne Poole adjusts from being Harlem principal to assisting in a rural school.
* Rosalia Badhorse, a Northern Cherokee from MT, wins La Salle Business School Award.
* Dr. Norman C. Francis, after 47 years as Xavier University’s President bids good by to his last graduating class.
* Carmen Bermudez, an immigrant,  receives 2015 St. Katharine Drexel Justice Award.
* Most Rev. Ferdinand J. Cheri, OFM is ordained new Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans.

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MISSION LXXX 2 : Giving life to the Pope’s hopes for our Church!

Mission 2015*During World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis let us with a number of challenges
*Keeping in mind the poor, volunteers — senior adults — stuff and sdistribute 30 large boxes with the makings of family Thanksgiving meals
* Pastor and teens aided by a few adults prepare and serve a meal once a month at a Drop-In Shelter for the homeless
*Navajo Reservation teens taking responsible roles in their parish encourages the older members
* An 86-year-old woman continues to serve as Social Minister in her inner city parish

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Katherine Drexel

Katharine Drexel was a prodigious writer. She constantly wrote letters — from her desk, on a train, while she was visiting a mission. Our SBS Archives have a rich collection of her correspondence.

Young Katharine felt called to the contemplative life. Bishop O’Connor, her spiritual director, finally agreed she had a religious vocation, but almost commanded her to found a new order serving the Indians and Colored People. Katharine was appalled at the thought. She did not think she was virtuous enough. She wrote back, “I know the privations, the trials, the temptations, and I ask myself, could I go through all these things in a manner suitable for edifying the religious of my order?”

Shortly Before Entering ConventBishop O’Connor replied, “I was never so sure of any vocation, not even my own, as I am of yours. If you do not establish the order in question, you will allow to pass an opportunity of doing immense service to the Church which may not occur again.”

Towards the end of his letter, her director writes, “Even as a foundress, you will have your faults, but God not you will do the work. He often makes use of very weak instruments. The question is not will you be all you should be, but does God will you to be his instrument.…”

Katharine made a private retreat on the feast of St. Joseph. “I had a lovely retreat. It was only this morning,” she wrote on March 19, 1889, “that I could promise Our Lord to please Him by entering fully into your plan of founding an order. As long as I look on self, I cannot. Our Lord gives and will give me the grace always to look at Him.”

Honoring Our Sisters Who Have Passed

In retrospect from October 2016 to present

 

Sr. M. Michaeleen Lavin, SBS
(Sept. 15, 1921 – Apr. 24, 2017)

Entered in Aug. 1942 and took her final vows Jul. 1951
Became a U.S. Citizen June 1946,
Celebrated her 70th Jubilee in July 2012

Viewing: Monday, May 1, 9:30 a.m.
Mass: Monday, May 1, 10:30 a.m.

All will take place at Paul’s Run | 9896 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia PA 19115

Burial will be in Bensalem at the Motherhouse Cemetery
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020

A memorial album will soon be posted on our SBS facebook page.
Please check back for a link.

Sr. Helen Slavin, SBS
(Feb. 27, 1923 – Apr. 12, 2017)

Entered in Feb. 1942 and took her final vows July 1950
Celebrated her 70th Jubilee in July 2012

Viewing: Tues, Apr. 18, 9:15 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Mass: Tues, Apr. 18, 10:30 a.m.

All will take place at Paul’s Run | 9896 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia PA 19115

Burial will be in Bensalem at the Motherhouse Cemetery
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020

View memorial album on our SBS facebook page here.

Sr. Kathryn Gates, SBS
(Nov. 7, 1932 – Apr. 7, 2017)

Entered in Aug. 1950 and took her final vows Aug. 1958
Celebrated her 65th Jubilee in July 2015

Viewing: Tues., Apr. 11, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Mass: Tues., Apr. 11, 10:30 a.m.

All will take place at Paul’s Run | 9896 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia PA 19115

Burial will be in Bensalem at the Motherhouse Cemetery
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020

View memorial album on our SBS facebook page here.

Sr. Maureen Hurley, SBS
(Jan. 24, 1922 – Mar. 28, 2017)

Entered in Aug. 1945 and took her final vows July 1953
Celebrated her 70th Jubilee in July 2015

Viewing: Sun., Apr. 2, 7 p.m.
Mass: Mon., Apr. 3, 10:30 a.m.

All will take place at St. Michael’s Chapel on SBS campus
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020
Open to the public with limited seating.

View memorial album on our SBS facebook page here.

MMCallanan2x3Sr. Marie Michelle Callanan, SBS
(Oct. 3, 1928 – Feb. 19, 2016)

Entered in Aug. 1947 and took her final vows Jul. 1955
Celebrated her 60th Jubilee in July 2007

Viewing: Sun., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. 
Mass: Mon., Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m.
All will take place at St. Michael’s Chapel on SBS campus
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020
Open to the public with limited seating.

View memorial album on our SBS facebook page here.

srmarglewis_cwrt_cr2x3Sr. Marguerite Lewis, SBS
(Aug. 5, 1933 – Nov. 28, 2016)

Entered in Sept. 1953 and took her final vows Aug. 1961
Celebrated her 60th Jubilee in July 2013

Viewing: Sun., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Mass: Mon., Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.

All will take place at St. Michael’s Chapel on SBS campus
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020
Open to the public with limited seating.

View memorial album on our SBS facebook page here.

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Sr. Madonna Walsh, SBS
(Nov. 1, 1928 – Oct. 18, 2016)
Entered in Aug. 1947 and took her final vows July 1955
Celebrated her 60th Jubilee in July 2010

Viewing: Sun., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Mass: Mon., Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m.

All will take place at St. Michael’s Chapel on SBS campus
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020
Open to the public with limited seating.

View memorial album on our SBS facebook page here.

img_junefisher_7137_2x3Sr. June Fisher, SBS (Aug. 14, 1934 – Oct. 11, 2016)
Entered in Sept. 1956 and took her final vows Aug.1964
Celebrated her 60th Jubilee in July 2016

Viewing: Mon., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Mass: Tues., Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.
All will take place at St. Michael’s Chapel on SBS campus
1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020
Open to the public with limited seating.

View memorial album on our SBS facebook page here.

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