A Letter from the SSMO Superior General

Sister Michael Francine Vftd

Dear Friend,

We are looking forward to the Eucharistic Revival this summer. The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon are sending seven Sisters to attend the Eucharistic Congress from July 17 to 21 in Indianapolis. Sr. Juana Gutierrez, Sr. Juanita Villarreal, Sr. Alison Green, Sr. Thanh Pham, Sr. Anna Nguyen, Sr. Thuy Doan, and Sr. Julie Doan will be attending the Eucharistic Congress.

Our Sisters will be traveling with and meeting thousands of pilgrims who will gather in prayer, adoration, spiritual conferences, and witness of one another’s faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a special moment in both American history and the legacy of the Catholic Church. 

The Eucharistic Congress is designed to facilitate a life-changing encounter with Jesus. The Eucharist was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. Jesus gives us His true presence in the form of bread and wine consecrated at the Holy Liturgy. We believe in Christ’s real presence under the appearance of bread and wine. The Eucharist is the greatest of the sacraments and is at the center of Church life. The gift of the Eucharist is the new covenant effected through Jesus’ death and resurrection, which reconciled us with God.

We will hold our Sisters in prayer as they encounter pilgrims from across the U.S. and the world. We ask for your prayers as the SSMO Community prepares to send our Sisters to this once in a lifetime event.

We pray that the world recognizes that God is Love. Our world needs God’s Love through prayer, patience, and peace. This Love has to start with you and me as individuals. St. John tells us that God is Love, and there is no fear in Love. To love God is to forgive others. Saint Teresa of Calcutta, one of my go-to saints, often spoke about forgiveness, “If we really want to love we must learn to forgive.” 

This sentiment of St. Teresa of Calcutta is reminiscent of the poem “Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments” by Kent M. Keith. I would like to share this meaningful poem with you now:

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. 

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. 

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.”

Again, we pray for our Sisters who will represent our SSMO Community at the Eucharistic Congress. Know that we look forward to seeing you at the end of summer. Have a safe and peace-filled season in the sun.

May the peace of Christ fill your souls.

Yours in Christ,

Sr. Michael Francine, SSMO