Newsletter – April 2020

March 30, 2020

Upcoming Events

Due to the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis our events for the month of April have been cancelled.  Like you, we are seeking ways to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in a meaningful way.  We, the Sisters of the Redeemer are praying for you and your loved ones at this time as well as for the healing of humanity.  We believe that God will bring new life out of these distressing times.  We believe that Easter always follows Good Friday.

Come & See Experiences– Seeking a deeper faith and relationship with God? Wondering if you are being called to religious life? We offer opportunities to explore questions of faith and to share an experience of our life of prayer, community, and  service.  For more information please contact Sr. Kim

A Year of Faith, Community and Service!  Applications for our 2020 – 2021 Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteer year are still being accepted.



Summer Garden Internship:
SERVE at Redeemer Valley Community Garden
LEARN about sustainable growing practices
GROW spiritually and live together in community sharing meals and prayer.
Learn more about this exciting opportunity!


Redeemer Valley Community Garden offers a variety of volunteer and service opportunities for individuals and groups. Learn more about Redeemer Valley Community Garden

Earth Day – April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  The theme:  Climate action.  As Sisters of the Redeemer we have made a commitment to renewable energy and sustainability in our convents and ministries.

Recent Events

Simple life saving efforts:   Several Sisters are volunteering to make protective masks for residents and employees of health care facilities

New life: We welcomed 60 baby chicks to our Redeemer Valley Farm in March to continue providing locally produced eggs.


Excerpt From Pope Francis Urbi et orbi Blessing on March 27, 2020

Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith. We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side. The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.

Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

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