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Dubuque Associate Offering Support to Others Through Jail and Prison Ministry

18 Mar, 2021
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by Jody Tomkins, Dubuque Presentation Associate In October 2019, associate Kim Schmidt reached out to her Nano’s Hands associate group regarding her interest in Jail and Prison Ministry (JPM) through Catholic Charities in Dubuque. Kim arranged for her group to meet with Deacon Bill Hickson, coordinator of Jail and Prison Ministry with Catholic Charities. Deacon Bill suggested that the associates attend drug court since most of the recovering clients are required to attend. Drug court is a special initiative that gives people facing sentences for nonviolent crimes stemming from their addictions an alternative to jail. Instead, they are offered a spot in a 12- to 18-month program. To graduate, participants must undergo intensive…

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Aberdeen: Our Faithful Journey Continues

18 Mar, 2021
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Last fall, we wrote about our congregation beginning the transition out of our convent. It has not been an easy process, as this has been our home since 1952. Through continued prayer and discernment, we focused on mission and remembered the reasons that led us to build the two new residences, in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen. As our health needs of the sisters changed we had fewer sisters living at the Convent and our current reality had altered. These two new residences allow for a smaller carbon footprint and a better stewardship of…

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Aberdeen: Planting and Growing Seeds of Peace

Aberdeen: Planting and Growing Seeds of Peace
17 Mar, 2021
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Above: May the Peace, love, hope and joy of our non-violent Jesus be with each of you. No exceptions. Sister Kay O’Neil Sisters Kay O’Neil and Michelle Meyers had the distinction of receiving the first annual Artisan of Peace Recognition by the South Dakota Pax Christi Chapters, via Zoom, on Saturday, February 27, 2021.  Present were members from Sioux Falls, Watertown, Brookings and Aberdeen.” The expression, "artisan of peace," originates with Pope Francis in an address he gave on September 21, 2016, at the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, when…

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Dubuque: New Orleans Local Presentation Sisters Light up Their Neighborhood with Hope-themed House Float

Dubuque: New Orleans Local Presentation Sisters Light up Their Neighborhood with Hope-themed House Float
19 Feb, 2021
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With no Mardi Gras parades this year, New Orleans transformed houses into ‘floats’ in an effort to support local artists and suppliers out of work by COVID-19. Dubuque Presentation Sisters Mary Lou Specha and Julie Marsh turned their house into a hope-themed house float called “Women of Light…Sharing Hope”! We share the following Clarion Heraldarticle with you on how Sisters Mary Lou and Julie are lighting up their neighborhood. Local Presentation Sisters light up their neighborhood with hope-themed house float By BETH DONZE, Clarion Herald (Reprinted with permission) Venerable Nano Nagle – the foundress of the Sisters of the…

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Aberdeen: Warm a Neighbor Event a Success

19 Feb, 2021
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Since 2015 we have partnered with Sioux Falls Christian Radio Station, Life 96.5, to focus on our Warm a Neighbor Project. Each month, the radio station highlights a non-profit to address a local need.  They ask their listeners to help this organization by donating items. We have been fortunate to grow this partnership each year and be one of their “January ministries,” collecting warm winter items for clients at Caminando Juntos, our Latino ministry in Sioux Falls. Our partnerships have grown for this event each year. This year, Billion Automotive and Nyberg’s Ace…

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