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This simple poetic work takes us back to the original hope of St. Angela Merici. Having promised to remain more vividly with her followers after her death, we witness Angela’s movement from the culture of the profound mysticism of medieval 14th Century to the individualism of 15th Century Renaissance. The sweeping changes of time have carried the original hope of Angela throughout the past 500 years.
In the strength of that vision, Sr. Pat has assured us of Angela’s witness in our own times, the independence of women, a deepened connection to the Church, and the interweaving of women and men at work together in the world.
Sr. Pat was drawn to do this poem from her research work with many Sisters and her profound love of Angela.
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Sr. Roseanne White is retiring from her position as Development Assistant at Inter-Parish Ministry based in Newtown, Ohio. IPM is a Choice Food and Clothing Pantry which serves many clients in need of food and clothing assistance in a two-county area.
After 18 years as Finance Director for the Comboni Missionaries, North American Province, Roseanne took her many skills to IPM where she has served part-time in Development. She began this positon ten years ago after becoming acquainted with IPM as a volunteer.
The staff at IPM will honor her on May 9th for her service. In their latest newsletter, they say this about Roseanne:
“You may only know her from her pleasant voice on the phone, but Sister Roseanne has worn many hats during her time at IPM. As Development Assistant, Roseanne has managed the donor database, sent thousands of thank you letters, handled event reservations and even made sure we were well stocked with office supplies of every kind. Her sense of fun and humor has brightened many a day. We will miss her!”
These few words by Madame Olga Conus give the reader a glimpse into the amazing life of this extraordinary woman. Sr. Cecilia gives us a story of the great gift of music that inspired Madame Conus throughout her life from her childhood in Russia through the Bolshevik Revolution, to Paris and finally to Cincinnati where she became a piano instructor at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. The “Conus Method” is widely known and continues through her former students. This is the story of her life-journey shared by Sr. Cecilia, her student and friend.