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October 25, 2008
Sr. Sarah's Franciscan Missionary Happenings
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
What kind of works can I do in the MDC?

The founders of the MDC believe that the best way to evangelize is to form relationships with people!  This means that an essential part of evangelism is being involved with the community.   We train each new Sister in methods of evangelism and Christian formation, which she can carry into whatever work environment the Lord leads her into, and we delight in seeing women in non-traditional nun roles, out where the people are.

At the same time, we recognize the key areas identified by the pastoral strategy for the evangelization of the western world:  strengthening the Christian family (so it can stay together in love and disciple its children), education (and youth organizations) that pass on Christian values,  Christian Education and Formation, and direct evangelization ministries, including relational evangelism and ministries like publishing and college outreaches.  These occupy much of our volunteer time and represent spheres where we would be especially open to opening new works.

Our primary ministry is prayer, which is the inspiration and the powerhouse for the success of everything else.   I treasure participating in a couple prayer groups.   Some of the ministries I am presently involved in right now include:  my job (as a health care provider), training Lay Catechists, teaching Sunday School, publishing the Anglican Missionary Tract Project and some Christian Education resources, the Diocese of Quincy's Ministry to Homeschoolers, and opening our convent, Divine Compassion House, as a place of retreat.  Occassionally, I accept invitations to do teaching missions or Quiet Days, provide spiritual direction or emotional healing prayer.

There is no end of the work I must turn down and, thus, no end to the possibilities for service for any woman seeking to join this community.

Posted by anglicanmission at 7:04 PM EDT
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Monday, 22 September 2008

For those who like traditionalist words--not me--the classic language is horarium, schedule of the hours.

For the past month I've been experimenting with a very flexible schedule that makes weekdays look like this:

7:00AM Morning Prayer and meditation AKA Eucharistic Holy Hour

8:00AM Holy Eucharist

7:30PM Evening Prayer

8:45 PM Compline (bed time prayers)

Additionally, I meet weekly with a local prayer partner to pray over personal and city needs and monthly with a group that prays for conversions to Christ.

I try to take one day a month for extra discerning prayer, what's called a Quiet Day, and those days invariably include extra R&R.  I have absolutely no trouble taking time for inspirational reading;  I thrive on good books.

This has been my way of working around my work schedule and the local Eucharist schedule.  It's very flexible--so call before attempting to join in prayer at Divine Compassion House.

Posted by anglicanmission at 6:46 PM EDT
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Sunday, 14 September 2008
Quiet Day on Intercessory Prayer
Mood:  happy
Topic: October 25, 2008

On Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 10:15AM until 5:30PM Sr. Sarah will conduct a Quiet Day at Divine Compassion House, Winona Lake, IN.

Whether you feel like your prayers don't get answered or accomplish much or you are an experienced intercessor, this day will teach you practical Biblical principles to improve your life and that of those you pray for.

There will be four teaching sessions, times of corporate and private prayer, and a closing Eucharist.

There is no charge for the day, but reservations to (574) 269-5556 are required.

Posted by anglicanmission at 10:45 PM EDT
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