On Saturday, September 7th, we invited our beloved Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz to celebrate Mass and have lunch with us to celebrate his birthday. It was truly a blessing to have our former bishop with us; not only is he special as our former bishop, but especially as the bishop who established our little community here in the great Diocese of Lincoln. During the 30-minute spiritual conference before Mass, he spoke fondly of our community's work, especially in our work in the Little Flower Childcare Center. He is grateful for our presence here, and hopes to see our humble presence prosper in the future.
During the Mass, Bishop Bruskewitz spoke of the sacrifice of the Vietnamese people. especially of the Vietnamese martyrs, who died for their faith in Christ. He spoke highly of their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of the Vietnamese people today, and hoped to see Vietnam as a free nation in the future.
With a delicious lunch following the Mass and many songs of good wishes to celebrate our bishop emeritus' birthday, it was a wonderful day to be with our beloved bishop. May God and Mother Mary grant him many blessings and graces as he continues to live his life wholly dedicated to Christ and His Church, interceding for the Church, and our Diocese of Lincoln, through his simple, quiet life and prayers!
On August 27th-September 2nd, a number of our Sisters took a community trip to Texas, visiting Houston, San Antonio, and Fort Worth. It was a great time for Sisterhood bonding and sightseeing. The number of churches we visited was great, from Our Lady of La Vang Church in Houston, the Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Fort Worth, to San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, where we received a plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith. The best thing, of course, was being able to visit our Spouse in all the tabernacles of the churches!
But of course, we also had fun! Visiting Sea World in San Antonio was a different experience from what we normally see here in Lincoln. All the animals one would see in the ocean were right before our eyes, doing funny things of course, but also showing the beauty that God gave each and every one of them. We also stopped by downtown San Antonio and walked along the RiverWalk, seeing the sights and smells of the city, while evangelizing by just our presence! According to some, we were treated more than celebrities, by the fact the people asked to take pictures with us and greeted us with a simple but enthusiastic "Hello Sisters!" We hope that they were touched by Christ, whom we bring to everyone we meet!
These few days of our trip went by very fast, too fast to be exact, but we were very grateful for these 5 days together on this trip. We hope to have another one like this sometime in the future, God-willing of course. :)
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On Sunday, August 25th, we were happy to welcome Bishop James Conley to our Motherhouse to celebrate our community feast day, the Queenship of Mary, which is on August 22nd. Bishop Conley gave us a 30-minute spiritual conference before Mass, in which he emphasized how Christ's title as King of the Universe would
make Mary rightfully Queen of Heaven and Earth, and how, as religious, Pope Francis' call of "Go, do not be afraid, and serve" should resound in our consecrated life. Mass celebrated by Bishop Conley that day, with Father Michael Zimmer as Master of Ceremonies, was absolutely beautiful.
After Mass, Bishop and Father stayed with us for a delicious lunch prepared by the Sisters, along with Father Thomas MacLean, who joined in later. Before Bishop Conley made his way home, we sang "The Blessing of Aaron," invoking God's blessing on our guests present there. It was our first time singing that song to anyone, and he absolutely loved it!
It was truly a blessing to celebrate our community's feast day with our Shepherd, and we thank him and everyone who have been praying for our little community as we prepared to celebrate our community feast day. May Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth shower an abundance of blessings on you and your families!