The Community was also blessed with a short visit from Sister Magdalena Schmitz, the General Directress of our international congregation, the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. While Sister Magdalena visited from Rome, two of the butterflies in our Monarch Waystation emerged from their cocoons ready for release, so we asked her and Sr. Jane to do the honors of letting them out into the world. While we enjoyed watching them in the garden, a ‘wild’ tiger swallowtail butterfly joined us as well, savoring the flowers in the warm sun alongside the honeybees. It was such a pleasure sharing this special moment with Sr. Magdalena on a beautiful August day.
A few days later, she celebrated with the Community at the special Anniversary year Mass. In her remarks she recalled the year 1872 when Mother M. Clara Pfaender made the decision to send Sisters from Germany to meet the needs of the large number of German migrants in the “New World.” She traced the courage and creativity that took the U.S. Sisters from St. Louis to Wheaton and from Wheaton “to the ends of the earth” in partnership with others. She expressed gratitude on behalf of the General Council and the whole Congregation. With hugs and waves, we said good-bye to Sr. Magdalena on Monday, August 15.
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