A record number of seven Sisters landed in Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in July 2019. With their convent located at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Central Phoenix, the Sisters serve at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School and at St. Mary’s Catholic High School. Some highlights have included welcoming the American Heritage Girls to an evening of prayers and cookies, hosting a Young Women’s Vocations Night, speaking at a Diocesan catechetical conference, and even making a Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage with the Order of Malta Western Association. And then, of course, the Sisters enjoyed daily time together—especially during Lockdown!
With all the Sisters migrating to on-line teaching for the last few months of school, Sr. Chiara Luce, the 3rd grade teacher, had the special task of preparing her students from a distance for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Early June witnessed their joyful reception of these Sacraments at St. Thomas Parish. Weathering the COVID-19 pandemic was a unique experience indeed, but it helped remind the Sisters how much they truly love interacting in person with young people and helping them to know the love of Jesus Christ!