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BVMs Extend Invitation to Open House at Mount Carmel

In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Sisters of Charity, BVM invite the public to an Open House on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 1–4 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, 1100 Carmel Dr., Dubuque, Iowa.

“We welcome our neighbors into our homes and invite all to join us in conversation and prayer on this special day,” says BVM First Vice President Mira Mosle. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to strengthen relationships and learn more about each other.”

The Open House at Mount Carmel will include tours, refreshments, displays and conversations with the BVM sisters. A prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity to learn and understand more about the BVMs and contemporary religious life.

 For additional information contact Mira Mosle, BVM at: or 563.588.2351.

Nearly 1,000 Catholic sisters live and work in the tri-state area. With six motherhouses located within a 20-mile radius of one another, the sisters have been an integral part of education, health care, and helping those in need since 1843. The Year of Consecrated Life is intended to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past and embrace the future with hope,” said Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Other religious congregations hosting open houses in the Dubuque area on Feb. 8 include:


Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters

585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824

Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family

3390 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001


Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Sisters of the Visitation

2360 Carter Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001 


The Cistercian (Trappistine) Nuns

8400 Abbey Hill Ln., Dubuque, IA 52003

The Cistercians will give a talk on Cistercian life at 4 p.m.,

followed by a Holy Hour for Religious Vocations at 4:30 p.m.

They have begun this practice on the second Sunday of every month.


Thank a Nun

Did a Catholic Sister help you in your life? Thank her now! Email to share how she made a difference to you. You can send a note, a photo or even a video!!! We'll share your message online and in print during National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14!


Join BVM Sisters in Solidarity Against Human Trafficking

The Sisters of Charity, BVM, invite you to join them from Jan. 11 through Feb. 8 in awareness of and solidarity against Human Trafficking.

A special prayer service was held by the BVMs in the Motherhouse Chapel at Mount Carmel on Jan. 11 as part of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

A link to the prayer used, “Prayer Service to End Human Trafficking,” is provided below. Included also are links to action suggestions to end human trafficking and a biography of St. Josephine Bakhita, a religious sister who was also a survivor of human trafficking.

Ever cognizant of the times in which we live, BVMs are called by the Senate of 2014 to oppose any form of human trafficking. As affirmed in this summary: “The Sisters of Charity, BVM in accordance with our mission and core values oppose the trafficking of human persons for any purpose whatsoever. We stand in solidarity with all who work to eliminate this tragic evil . . .”

BVMs believe that nonviolence is a value lived by Jesus and his followers. They pledge through prayer and study to educate themselves and others regarding the magnitude, causes and consequences of human trafficking.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day was designated by the U.S. Senate in 2007. The United Nations sets aside July 30 each year to focus on human trafficking, and the Pontifical Council for Migrants designated Feb. 8, the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.

Many religious communities and people of faith are choosing to devote the month between the January and February dates to education, prayer and action. 

Prayer Service

Suggestions to End Human Trafficking

Biography of St Josephine Bakhita


Service Event for Sisters, Associates and Staff at Mount Carmel Kicks Off the New Year!

Collaboration while helping others was the focus of the first Sisters, Associates and Staff Service Event (SASSE) held Jan. 6–7 at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, Iowa.

Volunteers gathered with sisters in Loyola Hall for service outreach work while getting better acquainted with each other in the process.

“We are excited to kick off the New Year with a collaborative service event that will make a difference to so many people,” says Sisters of Charity Human Resources Director Cari Simpson. “This will be the first of many opportunities for sisters, staff and associates to come together and experience the BVM values through action.”

Outreach projects included making diapers from t-shirts for needy families, creating plastic bag mats for homeless persons, and assembling hygiene packets for marginalized residents in Haiti.

Associate Co-coordinator Grace Mendez shares, “What a marvelous event! It was amazing to see all the sisters, staff, and associates interacting as we worked on the three different parts of the project! I met sisters and staff I don’t usually see and I got to hear some fabulous stories! It was a party with good works at the core!”

Mount Carmel employees were glad to share in an effort to help others less fortunate. Kathy Day is assistant business manager in the treasurer’s office of the BVM Center. “I appreciate the fact that so many, some in spite of their physical limitations, were able to help with the project and share their time and talent,” she notes.

Jackie Schwartz, health insurance claims examiner in the treasurer’s office, adds, “The event was a great opportunity to help others and you could just feel the joy in the room.”

Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator Tricia Lothschutz, who organized the event, thanked everyone who helped to make it a success.

“It gave me great joy and pride to look around and see so many smiling faces, working together on these worthwhile projects,” she says. “Many hands do indeed make light work! Working with the Haiti hygiene packet assembly project group, I was so impressed how quickly the task was accomplished! In a little over an hour, the group worked together to assemble 111 packets! It warms my heart to see everyone’s generosity and gifts of time come together to accomplish so much good!”

To view more pictures from the SASSE event, view our Flickr page.




Welcome New Associates Terry & Emily Kruse

Welcome BVM Associates Terry and Emily Kruse. Inspired by the example and friendship of BVMs at Clarke University, these dedicated employees are eager to share the legacy of Mary Frances Clarke in their lives, united with the sisters by a common bond—the BVM core value of education.

Click the link to read their commitment reflections:


BVM Leadership Team Message on Apostolic Visitation Report

We have reviewed the “Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States” and are pleased with the positive and affirming report. The picture of women religious in the U.S. is presented accurately.

The points lifted up for further reflection by the report concern the essence of consecrated life. Self-reflection is not a new process for BVMs who will continue to share insights with each other and with those with whom we minister as we have always done since our founding.

We are delighted by the collaborative nature of the report and its widespread availability and transparency. This form of exchange is a new experience from the Vatican and we are encouraged that dialogue will be continued.

We are especially grateful to all of our sisters who we have shared in this process from the beginning and to the countless other friends who have shown their support in multiple ways.

President, Teri Hadro, BVM
Vice President, Mira Mosle, BVM
Vice President, Kate Hendel, BVM

Presentation of the report on congregations of US women religious

Final Report of the Apostolic Visitation


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