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Sister Elizabeth DeMerchant Professes First Vows

On Saturday, July 28, in the presence of her family, IHM Sisters and friends, Elizabeth Ann professed temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as an IHM Sister and committed her life to God and to the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Sisters-to-Sisters, Scranton-to-Syria

IHM Sisters to collaborate with missionary sisters of other congregations to aid war refugees in Syria.


The Friendship Garden

Correspondence between Mother Cyril Conway, IHM & Mother Maria Kaupas, SSC


OSPIHM Healing Racism Committee Meets

The OSPIHM Healing Racism Committee met at the Monroe Motherhouse, June 8-10, 2018.


IHMs Teach for HESA

Sisters Margaret Gannon and Kathleen Burns are teaching their seventh cohort of African sisters in the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) Program, a part of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC).


Update on the Little Sisters and Haiti

Sister Denise Desil, the Superior of the Little Sisters, asked us to convey her deepest gratitude and love to her dear IHM Sisters and friends who continue to support the Little Sisters by their prayers and concern. She is especially grateful for their generosity in responding to her recent plea for financial help in the ongoing construction of a home for their ill and retired sisters. Progress on the new building is very slow by American standards. Two areas in particular are in stark contrast to our modern day experience of construction. First, there is no bank from which the sisters can secure a loan, to be paid off in increments over an agreed period of time in order to maintain the ongoing construction process. Construction progresses only when the cost of the materials and labor are paid up front. The other area is relative to the virtual construction of the building itself. All construction is done manually—no cranes, bulldozers, or forklifts. Even if this equipment were affordable or available, access to the Motherhouse property is difficult and challenging. The narrow road which winds up a steep mountain provides a challenge for anything larger than a pickup truck. Consequently, the recent photos would seem to indicate that little progress has been made. But by Haitian standards, there has been progress, and always, the Little Sisters are so humbled and grateful for our support!

Meanwhile, Haiti is dealing with yet another crisis: this one not a result of Mother Nature, but rather, human nature! On July 6 Haitian protestors took to the streets in widespread demonstrations against a proposed hike of 38% in the cost of gas and gas products. Several major cities were shut down over a period of 3 days, including the capital, Port-au-Prince, and its airport, leaving many people stranded, including volunteer groups from the US. Why the demonstrations? The fact that 80 percent of the people live on less than $2.00 a day which would buy a half-gallon of gas, might be their underlying motivation. According to an article in the Miami Herald, this price increase comes amid a long series of corruption and scandals under the current President Jovel Moïse and his predecessor Michael Martelly which have diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from government services to the pockets of government leaders and their associates. The article cites a quote from President Kennedy who warned: “Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible will make a violent revolution inevitable.” Haitians took to the streets because they, like so many other groups and causes, believed that doing so was the only way they could be heard.

“The Lord hears the cry of the poor,” is a line from a hymn based on Scripture that has been running through my mind throughout the process of writing this update. While it causes me at times to question, I wonder if the bigger question is, "Do we?"

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2018 Sisters Celebration

The 2018 Sisters Celebration will take place on Saturday, August 4, at 6 p.m. in the Nazareth Student Center on Marywood University’s campus. Tickets are $100 and may be obtained by calling 570-346-5431. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The deadline for reservations and sponsorships is July 20, 2018.


IHM Direction Statement 2018 – 2022

We, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, rooted in God and the Gospel...


IHM-SSC Covenant Promulgated

The Sisters of IHM and the Sisters of St. Casimir promulgated their covenant relationship at a ceremony and prayer held at the IHM Center on July 8, 2018.


Statement Opposing Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy

We, Sisters of IHM, Scranton, PA, support the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ statement that separating children from their mothers and fathers at the United States/Mexico border is immoral. Recognizing the inherent dignity of every human being and protecting the integrity of families are fundamental tenets of our faith. They are foundational for a healthy and just society.


OLP Sisters Volunteer at Saint Joseph's Center

Several IHM Sisters who reside at Our Lady of Peace Residence volunteer their time and talent with clients from Saint Joseph's Center Adult Day Program.


New Book Available by Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM

Pilgrim - Let Your Heart Be Bold Mother Theresa Maxis Duchemin, IHM

by Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM


OSPIHM Board Meets in Monroe

OSPIHM Board Meets in Monroe, MI, September 29-30, 2017


Marywood University Students, Faculty, and IHM Sisters Service Trip to Guatemala

Sisters Mindy Welding and Donna Korba were joined by Marywood faculty members Dr. Judy Williams and Maggie Fuller and seven students from  Marywood University for the Alternative Break Service Trip to Guatemala.


Remembering Our IHM Sister Angela Miller

The Sisters of IHM are deeply grieved at the horrific and heartbreaking situation which took the lives of our Sister Angela Miller, her sister, Rose Smith, our employee at the IHM Center for seventeen years, and her son, Alan on April 28, 2018. n Sunday, May 20, 2018 a memorial prayer was held for Sister Angela Miller, IHM and her sister, Rosemary Smith at the IHM Center in Scranton. 


Elizabeth McGill Enters IHM Congregation

During the ceremony and prayer on March 20 to welcome Elizabeth McGill as a candidate in the IHM Congegation, Sister Ellen Maroney, IHM President, and Liz exchange sincere and hope-filled prayers.


IHM Congregation Response to Immigration Ban

As Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, we are compelled by the Gospel and by our IHM legacy to declare our solidarity with those in need.


Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Our Lady of Peace Residence

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Our Lady of Peace Residence


IHM Chapter Direction

A chapter direction was created at the conclusion of the IHM Chapter 2014. The membership will strive to integrate and implement these directives over the next four years.


New IHM Leadership Team

New IHM Leadership Team Elected


IHM Novice and Candidates Participated in Inter-Community Formation Program

IHM Novice and Candidates Participated in  the Inter-Community Formation Program on April 21-22, 2018, in Wappinger’s Falls, NY


New Book: However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis

Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM edited a book just released by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis, that chronicles what the organization learned as it went through a six-year doctrinal investigation by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).


Our Lady of Grace Montessori School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

A wonderful celebration was held at the deSeversky Mansion in Glen Head, NY, on April 23, 2018 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Grace Montessori School.


Welcoming Center and Land Restoration Dedication Held

After years of planning and commitment on the part of many sisters, friends, and professional advisors, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary dedicated the Welcoming Space at the IHM Center on Thursday evening, April 19, 2018.


National Catholic Sisters Week and IHM Side-by-Side Day

National Catholic Sisters Week is intended to broaden awareness of Catholic sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes. The hope is that those who learn more about women religious will be inspired and compelled to engage in self-reflection, service and simple acts of kindness. We also envision an outcome in which more young women consider religious life because they have been exposed to it through a personal relationship.


Holy Names Academy "Missionaries" Give Service with IHM Ministries

Serving the people of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the fourth year, fifteen missionaries continued our Academy of the Holy Names’ legacy of impacting communities and bettering the lives of people.


Update on the Little Sisters of Saint Therese in Haiti

While still trying to recover from the devastation wreaked upon 60 of their missions during the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Little Sisters of Saint Therese continue to wrestle with new challenges and struggles.  Financial issues that we are fortunate enough to be able to manage, not without sacrifice, foresight and medical insurance, especially, Medicare, are issues for which they have no financial help or recourse.  Perhaps we could lighten the burden with some financial assistance. If you would be able to do so, simply send your contribution to the IHM Development Office, indicating the "Haiti Outreach Project" as the recipient of your donation.


IHMs Participate in March for Our Lives

On Saturday, March 24, 2018 students, families, and friends of March for Our Lives took to the streets in Washington, DC and numerous other cities across the country, including Scranton, to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and to plead for an end to the epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings that plague our nation. On Friday, March 23, St. Luke's Episcopal Church hosted an interfaith prayer vigil for the greater Scranton community. Led by students and faith leaders from many traditions, the service focused on the magnitude of gun violence including mass shootings, gun suicide, and related traumas. In prayer and song the service offered an opportunity for lament, remembrance, healing and hope for the people of the Scranton area and for the country. Various IHM Sisters served on the planning committees for these two events and many others participated in the events.


IHM Congregation Welcomes New Candidate

With great joy, Sister Ellen Maroney announces that Miss Elizabeth “Liz” McGill, a graduate of Marywood University, has been accepted into the IHM Candidacy Program.


MMKC Board Members Meet with IHM Leadership

Several board members of the Mother Maria Kaupas Center (MMKC) in Mt. Carmel, PA, visited the IHM Sisters and Marywood University on March 1. Sister Jane Snyder provided a tour of the Learning Commons, Rotunda, and Chapel.


From Capacmarca to Quiñota, Peru

by Sister Ancilla Maloney, IHM

 


Sister Michel Keenan Publishes History of Marian Convent

Sister Michel Keenan Publishes History of Marian Convent


Friends of the Poor Volunteers Pack Breakfast Snacks

IHM Center Sisters volunteered to assemble breakfast snack bags for children.


50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Grace

Our Lady of Grace Montessori School will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school on Friday, April 13, 2018.


Imagining the Way Forward, Cohort 2, Meets at OLG

Imagining the Way Forward Cohort 2 met at Our Lady of Grace, Manhasset, on January 26-28, 2018. 


Archbishop Neale School, La Plata Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Archbishop Neale School, La Plata, MD celebrated the first of its 90th Anniversary celebrations on Sunday, December 3, 2017 with a special liturgy at Sacred Heart Church in La Plata and a reception at the school.


Blessing of the new stained glass windows in Bethesda, MD

On Friday morning, December 8, 2017, the Feast of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, parents and friends of Little Flower School and representatives of each of the classes joined the Sisters and the Pastor, Monsignor Vaghi, for the blessing of the new stained glass windows which now beautify the front entrance of the school.


Christmas Greetings 2017

This is the night of Peace on Earth.


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of IHM Presence in Sicuani, Peru

Twenty-five years to celebrate IHM presence in Sicuani, Peru—and we never knew the whole of it!


IHM Participates in LCWR Collaborative Leadership Development Program

Sister Catherine Sitja y Balbastro recently completed the 18 month Collaborative Leadership Development Program sponsored by LCWR. 


Dedication of New Sculpture by Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan

Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan was commissioned by St. Mary's Parish in Annapolis, Maryland, to replicate the sculpture Mary, Woman of the Eucharist.


IHM Congregation Statement on the Sanctity of Life

We Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, Pennsylvania, embrace our call to protect, nurture, and hold sacred all life, especially the most vulnerable in our beautiful yet wounded world.

We stand together as women who affirm the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. We are inspired by the unconditional love of God for all: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10


IHM Response to DACA Action

As Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, we follow the gospel call to cultivate a welcoming heart toward all people, especially those most vulnerable and in need among us.


Mother Maria Scholarship Established at Marywood University

The Mother Maria Scholarship has been established to honor and recognize the extraordinary faith and courage of The Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, SSC, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Casimir and a Venerable Servant of God, and to support the educational pursuits of students from Villa Joseph Marie High School, Holland, Pennsylvania, who attend Marywood University.


National Blue Ribbon School

Little Flower School in Bethesda, Maryland, is one of the fifty nonpublic schools in the country receiving this special honor.


Audiobook!

IHM Sisters' Stories Available on Audiobook!


IHM Leadership Team's Statements on Crisis with N. Korea and Racism

Love is more powerful than fear...


Renewal of the Enthronement of the Sacred Hearts

The Sacred Heart Enthronement Guild gathered at the IHM Center on the evening of June 22, 2017 for the celebration of the Eucharist in honor of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.


Final Grand Reunion Convened by the Marywood Seminary Alumnae

Final Grand Reunion convened by the Marywood Seminary Alumnae, June 9–11, 2017
Reunions revitalize people.


Imagining the Way Forward Cohort Meets at OLG

The members of Cohort One in Imagining the Way Forward gathered for the second time at Our Lady of Grace on the weekend of May 19-21, 2017.


ASEC Advisory Board meets at Marywood University

Members of the Advisory Board of the African Sisters Education Collaborative’s major programs gathered with staff at Marywood University for the annual meeting on April 24, 2017.


New Book Available by Sr Michel Keenan, IHM

Sister Michel Keenan recently published the story of St. Joseph’s/Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, PA.


New Book on IHM History Published

New Book on IHM History Published by Sister Michel Keenan, IHM



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