All Invited to Franciscan Night in Pennsylvania, Afternoon of Mercy in Peekskill

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World


Two communities of Franciscan sisters have announced spring programs to which all are invited.

On April 16, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are holding an inaugural Franciscan Night to benefit their retired sisters.

The event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at Our Lady of Angels Convent on South Convent Road in Aston, Pa., roughly 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The evening will include games, music, raffles, live and silent auctions, food and fun, said Lynda Neef, event planner.

The money raised from the event will benefit the sisters’ retirement fund. Guests can register for the Franciscan Night using the community’s website.

Next month, in conjunction with the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed last year by Pope Francis, an afternoon of spirituality and information will be offered by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Peekskill, N.Y., approximately one hour north of New York City. All are welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 21 to reflect on the importance of mercy in various religions.

Four guests representing varied faith traditions will speak at the sisters’ motherhouse at 250 South St. The presenters will include a Muslim chaplain of a correctional facility, a rabbi from Westchester County, a pastor of a Presbyterian church, and a Capuchin Franciscan friar from Long Island.

Information about the ecumenical program is available at 914-737-3373.

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