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The People United Will Never be Defeated • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“Madame, I feel obliged to inform you that, for the past year, the Daughters of Charity at Chars have been sorely tried for two different reasons, both stemming from the Pastor’s zeal. One I cannot put into writing for you. The other pertains to the stability he wants to establish in this place and which […]

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Returning to the Sources

“The up-to-date renewal of the religious life comprises both a constant return to the sources of the whole of the Christian life and to the primitive inspiration of the institutes, and their adaptation to the changed conditions of our time.” This verse from Vatican II, (Decree on the Up-to-date Renewal of Religious life) is very […]

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DePaul University Names First Lay Leader as its 12th President

February 16, 2017 CHICAGO — This morning, at a live public announcement, DePaul’s Board of Trustees named A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., as the university’s 12th president. Esteban will assume the presidency of the nation’s largest Catholic university on July 1, becoming the first lay leader in its 119-year history.   “Dr. Esteban brings both extensive […]

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Giving Work and Teaching a Trade • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“The worker De Ferrandine knows how to make thick cotton cloth with hair on one of its faces, ordinary cloth and silk cloth, that sells well in good weather; accepts to teach willing people, to work with him: he has found for sale some fully equipped workshops; it would be very convenient that someone with […]

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Is Being Single the Same as Being a Consecrated Single Person? • A Weekly Reflection with Louise

“At present the priests of Saint-Sulpice are sending for four girls from the refugee center to help our sisters. Should they be allowed to do so, or would it be more fitting for the convalescent patients to come for their own meals? There are six of our sisters, although two are ill. I fear that […]

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‘Accompaniment’ Spiritually Underpins Sisters’ Missions in Haiti

Accompanying people means being available to hear people’s problems, offering advice when asked, and prodding when necessary. A small mission run by two sisters based in La Tremblay, outside Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, has established a medical clinic serving dozens of families, assists a school program for about 90 elementary-age children, and created a microlending […]

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