Students from Holy Family University’s Campus Ministry joined a number of local community members on Saturday, September 23 to assist the Sisters of Life with their upcoming move to a new convent in North Philadelphia. In preparation for their move, set to take place during the month of October, volunteers scraped paint, sanded donated furniture, moved heavy objects, mopped floors, and cleaned out old, unused spaces throughout the large convent building basement. According to Father Jim MacNew, the Sisters of Life have come to Philadelphia at the invitation of Archbishop Charles Chaput to begin their ministry with women in crisis pregnancy from the convent at St. Malachy Parish.
“Cheerful laughter and good natured ribbing have been the music of these volunteer Saturdays, as the Holy Family team has consistently exceeded the hopes and expectations of the Sisters,” MacNew said. “The joy and humor of the Sisters has been an energizing force sparking delightful interaction among the workers who find themselves covered in sawdust and soaked in perspiration at day’s end.”
In response to the Holy Family University volunteers, the Sisters of Life paid a surprise visit to the campus on October 2 to celebrate mass and to pray with the students and the community. The Sisters’ presence and prayer added to the solemnity of the liturgy on the Feast of the Guardian Angels.
The Sisters of Life were founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor of New York to proclaim the dignity of every human person and to defend human life from conception to natural death.