Grata Franciscus Pontifex – Karibu Papa Francis

Grata Franciscus Pontifex – Karibu Papa Francis  That was the headline today, published in Latin and Swahili, from one of Kenya’s main newspapers, welcoming Pope Francis on his first trip to Africa.  Our Holy Father was received in Nairobi today, beginning his intense three-country tour of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, which will conclude on Monday.  The Vatican has said that his itinerary for visiting the Central African Republic is subject to change, or even cancellation, depending on the situation there, where violence between Muslims and Christians has been particularly brutal.  On the flight to Kenya this morning, when asked by a reporter if he had security concerns, the pope joked that was more worried about mosquito bites.

Please pray for the safety of our Holy Father, and for a fruitful visit.  The Church is thriving in Africa, and millions of faithful are expected to turn out for his visit.  Here is the official prayer from the Kenyan bishops, which they have asked all the faithful to pray:

Almighty and ever-living father, You chose your servant Pope Francis as the successor of Apostle Peter and Shepard of your flock.

Look favourably, we pray, on his pastoral visit to our nation Kenya. Inspire us to receive him well.

May your Holy Spirit enlighten our minds and hearts to be generous and receptive to his message and encouragement.

Grant that he may be for us, your people, a visible bond of unity which brings healing and reconciliation, love and peace; So that in you, the Shepard of Souls, all may know the truth and attain eternal life. 


Click here for the Pope’s address to the Nairobi State House.

Pope Francis Reflects on His Apostolic Trip to Cuba & US

Just a few days ago we watched our Holy Father, Pope Francis, leave our land and return to the Vatican.  Pondering all the graces he brought to our country, the love of Christ that he showed to the thousands of people, from every walk of life, from many different creeds, it’s still just as moving to think about today as it was last week.  We pray that many seeds of faith, hope, and charity were planted by his visit to the United States.

In his General Audience today Pope Francis reflected on his visit to Cuba and the US.   Continue reading

Parting is such sweet sorrow…

We love you Holy Father!  Thank you for strengthening us, encouraging us, and blessing us with your presence.  Come back soon!  We will miss you!FullSizeRender-19

Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father the Pope under the protection of Your Sacred Heart. Be his light, his strength and his consolation.

Just a few hours left…

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It’s our Holy Father’s last day in America, and we are sad that we only have a few hours left with him.  It’s been so comforting to know he is here, and even though he’s still 1,700 miles away, this may be the closest we’ll ever get to him.  Hopefully you’ve been able to follow his visit through EWTN’s live coverage (which you can find on our website, and read the transcripts of his homilies and addresses (which, by the way, you can also find on our website).

Last night Pope Francis addressed families at the Festival of Families.  Despite all his stops, including his trip to Cuba before coming here, attending the World Meeting of Families was the reason for the Pope’s visit to America.  Everything else was just extra.  His address to families last night was our favorite so far, and it looks like it might have been his favorite encounter with the faithful, too – we saw him animated and joyful, humorous and encouraging, as he spoke to families from around the world.

If you didn’t catch it already, please take 20 minutes to listen to his address.  And if you’ve already seen it, it’s worth watching again.  Plus, we just like to hear the soothing voice of his translator, Msgr. Mark Miles.

Did you notice Jim Caviezel there as well?  What a nice way to spend your 47th birthday, mere feet away from the Holy Father!  (Wish he’d been hosting the event instead of Mark Wahlberg…)

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When we were listening to Sister Sledge is was kind of weird – we were having flashbacks to the radio studio…as if our show was about to start….150926203631-13-pope-0926-sister-sledge-super-169



Our DC Sisters are listening to the Holy Father live and in person right now! Sisters, we are so happy for you!  Sr. Marie St. John just sent us this picture of the Holy Father giving the homily.IMG_0995

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L to R: Sr. Inez, Sr. Marie St. John, Mother Angela, Sr. Rita

She also sent us this picture earlier today, as they were waiting in the blazing sun for Pope Francis to arrive.  And she called in to our radio show!  We had a blast talking to her, you can listen to the clip below.  Thanks for calling, Sister, you made our day!

Keeping Up With the Pope

8821135_GHe’s here!  And if you want to keep up with all the live coverage of Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the US please visit our totally revamped website  You can watch the live stream of all the Papal events, and find the transcripts of his talks and homilies on our Tu Es Petrus page.

Here are some prayers for the Pope and those he will meet today, as taken from the USCCB website’s Virtual Pilgrimage – Prayers for Pope Francis:

As Pope Francis goes to the White House to meet President Obama, please join in prayer that they will have a fruitful meeting. Here is a prayer from the Roman Missal for those in public office: 

Almighty ever-living God,
in whose hand lies every human heart and the rights of peoples,
look with favor, we pray,
on those who govern with authority over us,
that throughout the whole world
the prosperity of peoples,
the assurance of peace,
and freedom of religion
may through your gift be made secure.
Through Christ our Lord.

As Pope Francis gathers with the Bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., please join them in prayer. Here is a prayer for Bishops from the Roman Missal: 

O God, eternal shepherd of the faithful,
who tend your Church in countless ways
and rule over her in love,
grant, we pray, that our Bishops, your servants,
whom you have set over your people,
may preside in the place of Christ
over the flock whose shepherd they are,
and be faithful as teachers of doctrine,
Priests of sacred worship,
and as those who serve them by governing.
Through Christ our Lord.

Today Pope Francis is declaring that the great missionary to California Junípero Serra is a saint. Please join in prayer for his intercession. Here is the Collect, or opening prayer, for today’s Mass:

O God, who by your ineffable mercy
have been pleased through the labors
of your Priest Saint Junípero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church,
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before all people
the image of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Trinity Sunday

MedievalAbstraction5Today we celebrate the central mystery of the Christian faith, and one that sets us apart from every other religion: the Holy Trinity – One God in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Our religious order also celebrates the tradition of renewing our vows communally on this day. We think of today’s feast as the gateway to a slew of solemnities and feasts which occur after the close of the Easter season: Corpus Christi, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. John the Baptist, and Sts. Peter and Paul.  In the monastery all these celebrations can be a little exhausting, but we are grateful for the wisdom of the liturgical calendar, which gives us times of “ordinary” joy, and times of extraordinary joy.

Here is the Holy Father’s Sunday Angelus address from earlier today, speaking about the feast of the Holy Trinity:

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and good Sunday!

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity, that reminds of the mystery of the one God in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the communion of Divine Persons who are with one another, for one another, in one Continue reading