On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Albany Association of the Ladies of Charity held their Installation Mass and dinner. The beautiful Mass was presided over by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger at the DePaul House chapel followed by a dinner at Wolfort’s Roost. Over 70 of our members attended and it was wonderful to enjoy good food and fellowship with so many of our Ladies.
Elizabeth Guiry, Martha Snyder, Beth McCrea and Geraldine Mazza were installed as new members and JoAnn Kearns, Kathleen Kearny and Mary Q. Reagan (deceased) were honored as Life Members. Congratulations to you all. We look forward to working with and getting to know our newest members and continuing our work and learning from our Life Members. We are blessed!
On May 11, we held our
annual May Crowning at the Daughters of Charity DePaul House Chapel. We began our morning with a breakfast
reception followed by Mass, which we all shared with the Sisters. We
crowned two Mary statues, one in the DePaul House Chapel and one in the St.
Louise House courtyard. It was a beautiful celebration of Mary.
At our April 9 General Membership Meeting, two special people spoke to us about the Bridges Out of Poverty program called Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World (“Getting Ahead.”) Josh Willenbrink, Training Coordinator from Schenectady Works, told of his experiences as a child growing up in poverty and being the first one from his family to live a self-sustaining life. He spoke of how he is now working with individuals who are living on the margins and how he helps them “get ahead.” His story was riveting and we learned a lot about the mind set of those who live in poverty.
As an added bonus, one of the Cohoes graduates of the Getting Ahead program, Emily Counterman, spoke about her life in poverty, how she got there, her participation the the Getting Ahead program, and how she is working hard to keep herself on track. Emily also talked about how she believes in giving back to those who have helped her along the way as well as to those less fortunate. She was an inspiration to us all.
A very special thank you to Lady of Charity, Kathy Kavanaugh, for her tireless work with the Bridges program and for recommending these two speakers.
In March, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at St. Louise House with Friends in Harmony. In addition to their rendition of many popular Irish songs, Sr. Mary Agnes surprised us with her version of “Who Put the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder.” The Sisters enjoyed singing along to their favorite songs and a good time was had by all!
The Albany Ladies of Charity mourn the loss of our long term Spiritual Moderator, Sister Denise Anne Williams, D.C. Sister Denise touched the lives of all people she came across and will be missed dearly. A wake service for Sister Denise will be held today, Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. A prayer service for Sister Denise will follow at 7 p.m. Both will be held at DePaul House Chapel, 96 Menand Road, Albany. A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Denise will be celebrated Friday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m., in the DePaul House Chapel. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Donations in Sister Denise’s memory may be made to the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, 4330 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63108-2622.
The Ladies of Charity will be hosting a Lenten Day of Reflection on March 6, 2018 from 8:30AM- 2:30PM. The theme this year is “Anchored In Hope.” We will be featuring Sr. Betsy Van Deusen as our keynote speaker! Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions or would like more information about attending!
On the feast day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4th, we remember her for her dedication to the spiritual life of Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul. In the 1850s, the Emmitsburg community of the Sisters of Charity took steps to merge with the Daughters of Charity and start the first American branch! When she was beatified by Pope John XXIII on March 17, 1963, Pope John made the following statement “In a house that was very small, but with ample space for charity, she sowed a seed in America which by Divine Grace grew into a large tree.”
“May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger and bring to safety those who are missing,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
We pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and offer our deepest condolences to all families who have lost their loved ones to this catastrophic storm! It is times like this where we must come together regardless of race, political beliefs, and even religion. We salute these brave men and women (law enforcement, military, civilian volunteers) who are taking their cities into their own hands to make sure that they are doing everything they can to save their beautiful people! The Ladies of Charity of Albany are #TexasStrong #HoustonStrong
We stand by Pope Francis and offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the victim of the Barcelona terror attack. We also offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to those victims of the other recent terrorist attacks both foreign and domestic!