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▪ Sr. Lena May, Vocation Director, attended the National Catholic Youth Conference, which  drew  30 bishops and over 21,000 youth and youth ministers together for the Eucharist, presentations, dialogue, and fun. Our congregation was represented by a booth set up by Sr. Lena in the section for women religious vocations.

▪ In her role as Secretary of the Ministerial Association, Sr. Francesca Lowis continues to share inspirational thoughts and her unique photos with the local ministers of various religious denominations. Together with the hospital chaplain, Rev. Ronald McCauley, they have published a book of morning prayers. The monies they gain from the sale of their book will benefit the St. Joseph hospital charities. West Virginia is one of the poorest States in the USA, especially in the rural areas where the hospital is located. This year the physicians paid for approximately 350 Christmas turkeys to give to the employees. Several who felt they did not really need one, gave them to those less fortunate. One employee, who was at work for her first day, felt that she did not deserve one. When the administrators insisted on giving her one, she thanked them with tearful eyes. Each employee received a Christmas bonus of the same amount whether they worked full-time or part-time, thus living out the Gospel of the workers in the vineyard. All very much appreciated the generous benefits they receive, especially the gift of health insurance.

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)