Our newest mission convent is in Weirton, West Virginia, just across the Ohio River from Steubenville, where several of our Sisters are studying at Franciscan University. We are so grateful for God’s providence and for the generosity of Weirton’s Catholics that have allowed us to come here! After multiple semesters of studying online, our undergraduate Sisters are so glad to finally be on campus, with all the opportunities for learning, friendships, and witnessing to Christ that this provides. While our Sisters have been blessed to do graduate work at Franciscan University during the summer for many years, this spring Sister Maria Paula, Sister Joseph Lucia, and Sister Catherine Paul became our inaugural on-campus undergraduates in Steubenville. All three are studying elementary education, delighting in the opportunity to learn about how to teach little ones. In addition to their education classes, the Sisters have been so grateful to take courses in catechetics, which are equipping them to teach the faith and evangelize their future students effectively.

These three Sisters, along with Sister Peter Thomas who is also in residence at the convent, have spent this first semester crossing back and forth daily between Ohio and West Virginia, getting to know the area and the wonderful parishioners who have been so welcoming, as well as soaking up the beautiful Catholic culture for which Franciscan University is so known. Some highlights include multiple opportunities for the Sisters to give talks; assisting at vocations retreats at our Motherhouse, with a sizable contingent of young women from Steubenville attending; and bringing the Dominican habit into Franciscan territory!

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