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Mass and Blessing celebrate Mother Foundress and Formation House

MERIDEN, CT (06-23-2019) - The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ focused on two sacred events for the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. A Mass in commemoration of the third death anniversary of Mother Rosemae Pender, FSE, Mother Foundress, was celebrated by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., Archbishop of Hartford, at the John Lateran Center of Formation. Following the Mass, the Blessing of the renovated original structure and the 13-bedroom new addition of the John Lateran Center marked an historic day of completion for this years-long building project which was funded entirely by donations. Approximately 240 guests attended the outside event which was graced by a sun-filled, cloudless blue sky and a gentle breeze. Concelebrating the Mass with Archbishop Blair were Bishop Christopher Coyne, Bishop of Burlington; Very Reverend Douglas Mosey, CSB, Very Reverend Kevin Meehan, LC, Reverend Raymond Borkowski, OFM Conv., Reverend Christopher O'Connor, LC, Reverend Lawrence Symolon and Reverend Robert Landback. Deacons Donald Philip and Vincent Raby assisted, and Reverend Matthew Gworek and Brother Leo Maneri, FBE were Masters of Ceremonies. At the beginning of the ceremony, Mother Miriam Seiferman, FSE, Mother General, welcomed everyone. Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother Co-foundress, then explained that Mother Rosemae's love of the Church was depicted in her choice of a feast day, the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. Known as the "Mother of all the churches," the Basilica symbolizes the universal Church centered in Rome. Years ago, the Sisters chose the name of the motherhouse, now the formation center, to be "John Lateran." The two sacred events of Mother Rosemae's death anniversary and the blessing of the John Lateran Center come together in [...]

Mass and Blessing celebrate Mother Foundress and Formation House2019-06-28T12:41:04-04:00

Meet Our Graduates

The Franciscan Sisters proudly introduce our 2019 graduates! Sister Paul Mary Dreger, FSE Sister Paul Mary Dreger, FSE received a Master of Arts in Theology, Magna cum laude, with a concentration in Sacred Scripture from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut, through the distance learning program. Sister Paul Mary lives in the Pocatello, Idaho, center and is the director of the Early Learning Foundations program (ELF), as well as the before and after school program and summer program, at Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello. Sister Christianna Hamman, FSE and Sister John Frances La Fever, FSE Sister Christianna Hamann, FSE also earned a Masters of Arts in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Her concentration was Apologetics. Sister Christianna is a teacher at Rice High School in Burlington, Vermont. Sister John Frances La Fever, FSE graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Masters in Business Administration. Sister John Frances is a receptionist at Franciscan Life Center, Meriden, Connecticut. She lives with her fellow formation Sisters at the John Lateran Center of Formation. Congratulations to our talented Sisters!

Meet Our Graduates2019-06-01T10:08:43-04:00