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Blog Archive 2018


Saving Land for the Future

December 10, 2018   |   Lisa Martin

The retreat center property has always been a focus of the sisters to protect, restore and care for the land. To that end, not long after the Land Ethic was adopted, the CHMS decided to dedicate about...

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The St. Vincent Connection

November 14, 2018   |   Lisa Martin

November marks the anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of St. Vincents Center in 1897....

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Homeless with Rewards

October 11, 2018   |   Mary Ann Vogel

A poem written by a homeless person gives insight into a hard life, yet one filled with rewards...

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The Waste that Nature Can't Digest

August 9, 2018   |   Kathleen Henneberry

Plastic pollution threatens wildlife, and our own health, as we consume plastic through both water and food. Plastic toxins are associated with increased risk of cancer, liver damage, and reproductive...

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

July 6, 2018   |   Lisa Martin

Sr. Jeannie calls it "rabble-rousing". I call it women of God doing the work of the gospel...

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Sister Gives Water a Test

June 11, 2018   |   Kathleen Henneberry

Sister Kathleen Henneberry, CHM, is very concerned about water pollution and recently volunteered to test local waterways....

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Teaching Inmates Patience

May 9, 2018   |   Catherine Talarico

Sister Cathy Talarico shares her experience of teaching art at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. "Art has the ability to bring a wholeness and holiness to the creator."...

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Orphan Train to Sisterhood

April 11, 2018   |   Lisa Martin

A little girl, born in the slums of New York in 1909, rides the Orphan Train west to Iowa where she is adopted into a loving home. She is taken to the church and dedicated to the Blessed Mother....

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My Global Ministry of Prayer

March 13, 2018   |   Irene Muñoz

The people I meet often project a prayer that I am in need of that day without their knowledge. We learn from each other in many ways unknown....

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Minister of Baby Hugs

February 8, 2018   |   Kathleen Hanley

Sr. Kathleen Hanley, CHM, is a minister of music in Billings, Montana. And now she adds minister of baby hugs to the list....

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Helping Homeless Veterans

January 5, 2018   |   Catherine Talarico

Anyone in Des Moines who is homeless or on the brink of homelessness can attend the event. And many have so far. The line to the last "Stand Down" was so long it wrapped around itself. Many...

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it

Psalm 118:24