A U.S. Pro-Life initiative called "40 days for Life" took place from September 23rd to November 1st. During this time prayer vigils were held in front of various abortion clinics, praying and fasting for an end to abortion.
On the 26th of September, "40 Days for Life" was opened in Jacksonville, Florida, with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Bishop Victor Galeone. After the Holy Mass offered for the unborn, there was a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from Assumption parish, where the Servants Sisters are currently working, towards a pro-life center to help women, which is providentially located next to an abortion clinic.
On September 26, 2009 in the Cathedral of Cuenca, Spain, Brother José Javier Martíns de Passos and Brother Reinhard Fuchsluger, Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother, were ordained priests by Bishop José María Yanguas. The first of the two is Spanish and the second Austrian. Both of them entered the Servant Brothers in 2001.
The World Youth Day Cross, an initiative of Pope John Paul II, which is now on tour in Ecuador, was recently in our Province of Manabi. On December 18th, we received it in Chone. We had our first encounter with it at the local University “Eloy Alfaro.” We were allowed to use the university auditorium and there, we hoisted the Cross which would preside the event held with students from the university and from “Santa Mariana de Jesus” School, who had the cross at their school in the morning hours, prior to its arrival at the university, at 4pm.
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A year ago Sr. Clare was invited to partake in the exposition “Young Witness of the Faith, the Saints Next Door.”