Dear Family & Friends,      Today I share a reflection, a story, and an announcement!! So, keep reading because they are all connected! 😊 Reflection :      In the month of November, the Church turns toward the souls of the faithful who have gone before us… to pray for them, to ask their prayers for us, and to again unite ourselves with them in this battle against evil for the salvation in Christ of the whole world. Have you ever heard of the Church Militant, Church Suffering, and Church Triumphant??      Church Militant is us… those of us on earth who are part of the body of Christ through baptism and profession of faith. We are working out our salvation in this world by grasping onto Christ and the grace He offers in His Church amidst the influences of sin that we find within ourselves and around us in the world. We are seeking to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this life so that we may be with Him for all eternity in a glory that we cannot even begin to imagine!!      Chu


 Dear Family and Friends,      October 4th is a big day for us!! We Sisters celebrate the Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of our religious order. We even wear our black habits, which is equivalent to our Sunday best!      St. Francis of Assisi was a man of deep prayer. For all that people know of him… his austere lifestyle, his deep love for the beauty of creation, his care for lepers, his powerful preaching of the Gospels, his founding of religious orders that have flourished to this day… behind all of that was a deep life of prayer in which he surrendered all to God, and God, in turn, conformed him to the life of Jesus. It has been said that since the time of Christ, Francis is the most Christ-like person to walk the earth.      After we Sisters have been in the convent for twenty years, we are given the opportunity to go on pilgrimage to our Motherhouse in Germany for three weeks, and to Assisi, Italy for three weeks. What a huge grace!! In 2017, Sister M. Juliana,