Sr. Rita—Garden Winter Veggies (13ABC News)

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The Catholic Exponent—Franciscan reflects on ministry to Hispanic community in Canton


Franciscan reflects on ministry to Hispanic community in Canton

Special to the Exponent

CANTON—Franciscan Sr. Karen Lindenberger finds herself moving between two different cultures most days–speaking two languages and balancing a variety of traditions.

Those who don't have as much energy might get tired or overwhelmed walking this cultural tightrope. Not Sister Karen. She is "just part of the family" as she leads the Hispanic ministry at St. Anthony/All Saints Parish.

One of nine children, Sister Karen grew up in a farm in northwest Ohio. When she was in elementary school, her grandparents passed away and she attended their funeral Masses at a very small perish in Peru, Ohio. There, she first encountered the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio.

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Project Peace—‘The Hebron Story’


‘The Hebron Story’ to show in Toledo

Documentary aims to show struggle for peace in West Bank town

Sister Paulette Schroeder, a Tiffin Franciscan, was in Hebron in 2010 to monitor the interactions between Israel Defense Forces soldiers and residents of the Palestinian city in the West Bank.

The Israeli-controlled section of Hebron has security checkpoints. Soldiers also give protection to Israeli settlers.

Providing a nonviolent presence by being a monitor at the checkpoints was Sister Paulette’s job as a member of the Christian Peacemaker Team organization.

She had joined the team in part because “I thought it took courage and it struck a chord inside of me that had been wanting to be more risky with my life,” she said in the documentary film Ghost Town: The Hebron Story.

Sister Paulette had met the film’s director, Ellie Bernstein, in Hebron. Ms. Bernstein wanted to see the monitors’ involvement, she said in a phone interview from her home in Albany, N.Y. “I sort of begged [Sister Paulette]: ‘Can I go with you? Can I go with you? Can I go with you?’ And so, she said, basically, yes. When situations came up that they were alerted with, I could go with her and the team.”


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Lourdes Hospital staff, patients celebrate 46 years of Sister Lucy Bonifas


Friday, Jan. 29 was a bittersweet day at Lourdes hospital.

One one hand, Sister Lucy Bonifas' 46-year legacy of medical and spiritual service was celebrated with countless hugs, smiles and shared memories. On the other, all of the people sharing and celebrating were doing so as a parting ritual as Bonifas heads into retirement.

President and CEO Steve Grinnell praised Bonifas, the work she has done and the lives she has touched not only at the hospital but within the community. He also expressed sadness that she will no longer be a staple inside the hospital that she helped shape with her religious nature and healing spirit.

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Mercy Tiffin and Mercy Willard Hospitals recognize Sister Janet Hay for 25 Years of Service



Mercy Tiffin and Mercy Willard Hospitals recognize Sister Janet Hay for 25 Years of Service

Tiffin, Ohio (November 16, 2015) – Sister Janet Hay  began work at Mercy Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Willard Hospital as director of mission and pastoral care on October 15, 1990.  She clearly remembers the day she arrived.  “I was warmly welcomed by the two CEOs, Sister Marie Catherine Wise of Mercy Tiffin and James Detwiller of Mercy Willard.  That day was the beginning of a special ministry serving the spiritual needs of patients and their families; bringing a presence and life to the mission and values among the employees, physicians and volunteers of both hospitals”, said Sister Janet. Read the rest of this entry »
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