Fr. Clinch's Weekly Letter

October 9, 2022

A Message from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

The spirituality which is the heritage of our congregation finds its expression in the scriptural text, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” Jn. 19:37, Zec 12:10

We are the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and we are blessed to be a part of the Hastings Catholic Schools community and the parishes of St. Michael and St. Cecilia. Our American Province is preparing to celebrate 100 years here in the United States, and 30 of those years we have been called to serve here in Hastings. Our sisters are also in Lincoln serving at Bonacum House for retired priests of the diocese. Our community follows in the footsteps of our foundress Mother M. Anselma by being open to the signs of the times and serving the Church in whatever capacity God calls us.

This month we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a holy man of God whose love for God led Him to love all of God’s creation and His people. He was a joyful follower of the Incarnate Christ who became a little child and lived, died and rose that we might be saved. When you hear the story of each sister and why we felt called to our particular community, many sisters mention the joy of the sisters. We were also drawn to our charism and spirituality which is both Franciscan and Christ-centered. Our devotion is to the Eucharist, God’s gift to us at the hands of our priests, and Marian. Each of us takes Mary as a part of our name. She is the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, and we seek to imitate her virtues, especially of charity and spiritual motherhood.

“Therefore, we want always to be open to receive the love our Redeemer seeks to give to the world in the Holy Spirit. Our response to Him is the life we live which seeks Him above all.” Our congregation has a special devotion to the pierced Heart of our Redeemer, the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As we look upon Him and draw from the fountain of salvation, we are called to the charism of making Christ’s merciful love visible in the various activities of our congregation. We are grateful for the opportunity to be serving here in Hastings. Be assured of our prayers and support for each of you, and we ask you also to continue your prayers for us. Thank you also to those of you who generously contributed to our campaign this past year. We thank God for you!

Fr. Craig Clinch, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Hastings, NE