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THE HOLY<br />




PROVI<strong>NC</strong>E<br />

// VOL 17 //<br />

// NO 2 //<br />

FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />

Nazareth<br />



The Flame<br />

of Charism<br />



PROVI<strong>NC</strong>IAL SUPERIOR<br />

Dear Friends of Nazareth,<br />

For religious communities, their charism is the soul of<br />

the community, the gift given to their founders and<br />

foundresses for the good of the Church. It is that which<br />

gives the communities purpose and motivation and animates<br />

their action.<br />

The charism for the Sisters of the Holy Family of<br />

Nazareth reads:<br />

"We, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, are called<br />

to extend the Kingdom of God’s love among ourselves and<br />

others by living the spirit of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph whose<br />

lives were centered in the love of God and one another.<br />

We witness to this love through dedicated service to the<br />

Church, especially in ministry to the family."<br />

Living the charism requires faithful listening, loving<br />

relationships, and recognizing God in the everyday. As faithful<br />

witnesses to their charism, the sisters engage in various<br />

forms of ministry at the heart of which is the family.<br />

From education to healthcare, parish ministry, social service<br />

programs, and retreat centers, the sisters serve in ministry<br />

to families. Paramount to all ministries to families is that of<br />

prayer. Daily, the sisters pray for all families throughout the<br />

world in a common morning prayer that is recited each day.<br />

How has this charism transcended over the years?<br />

Alongside this year’s July 4th celebrations was the<br />

anniversary of our beginnings of ministry in America 138<br />

years ago. We remembered what our pioneering sisters have<br />

done for Nazareth — the sacrifices they made in coming to<br />

America to establish hospitals, schools, and other institutions<br />

as well as bringing Christ to cities and towns where people<br />

yearned and hungered for the Living God.<br />

When reflecting upon these sacrifices, we also<br />

remembered our Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek<br />

who sacrificed their lives on August 1, 1943. Family<br />

was at the heart of their sacrifice. Offering their lives<br />

in place of men and women who were the protectors<br />

and providers for their families, the sisters offered the<br />

ultimate sacrifice — their lives for them.<br />

When we capture the value of our rich history, we<br />

find the “Flame of Our Charism,” set by the spark of<br />

our Mother Foundress, ever-growing from spirit and<br />

dedication to love and service.<br />

As we thank God for His many gifts, let us focus on the<br />

ways our charism inspires and energizes us to witness<br />

the Kingdom of God’s Love as Blessed Mary of Jesus<br />

the Good Shepherd exemplified for us. May we, like our<br />

Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek and like those whose<br />

lives are highlighted in this newsletter, give all we have<br />

in our everyday encounters to allow the flame of love<br />

to ignite and animate the spirit in those we serve.<br />

In the Holy Family,<br />

Sr. Kathleen Maciej<br />


We invite you to pray with us, to listen to God’s call with us, and to<br />

love with us as we strive to recognize God in ordinary experiences.<br />

Learn more about our community life, our ministries, and our mission<br />

at nazarethcsfn.org/about-us. Contact Sr. Emmanuela Le, CSFN, National<br />

Vocation Director, at 682-203-967 or vocations@nazarethcsfn.org.<br />


VOLUME 17 //<br />

NUMBER 2 //<br />

FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />

Nazareth Connections is published<br />

three times a year by the Sisters of<br />

the Holy Family of Nazareth<br />

in the USA.<br />

Editor:<br />

Emily Dillon<br />

Proofreaders:<br />

Sr. Angela Szczawinska<br />

Sr. Mary Ellen Gemmell<br />

Katherine Barth<br />

Sr. Lucille Madura<br />

Amanda Giarratano<br />

Contents<br />


4 First Vows Ceremony<br />



16 Thank You from Our<br />

Development Office<br />

17 Stay at Home Social<br />

18 Estate Plans<br />

Province Communications Committee:<br />

Sr. Mary Ellen Gemmell<br />

Sr. Angela Szczawinska<br />

Amanda Giarratano<br />

Katherine Barth<br />

Heidi Scheuer<br />

Sr. Emmanuela Le<br />

Sr. Marcella Louise Wallowicz<br />

Sr. Michele Fisher<br />

Sr. Rebecca Sullivan<br />

Design/Print:<br />

McDaniels Marketing<br />

5 The Blessed Martyrs<br />

of Nowogródek<br />


10 Giving More for<br />

His Kingdom<br />

11 Spirit in Ministry<br />

12 Legacy of Sacrifice<br />

& Service<br />


14 Sr. M. Jude Carroll<br />

Sr. M. Clare Nguyen<br />

Sr. M. Michaeline Kwit<br />

One of many visits of the Associates to<br />

the sisters on the second floor of Mount<br />

Nazareth in July 2017.<br />

First Vows ceremony for Sister Molly<br />

Bernadette and Sister Esperanza<br />

Marie — Presentation of their Mentors,<br />

Sister Janet Kemmler and Sister Edyta<br />

Krawczyk, who is also the Director for<br />

Sisters in Temporary Profession.<br />

Our late Sister Clare Nguyen,<br />

remembered with great love.<br />

Questions, comments, suggestions?<br />

Please contact:<br />

Communications Department<br />

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth<br />

310 N. River Road<br />

Des Plaines, IL 60016<br />

847-298-6760, x144<br />

communications@nazarethcsfn.org<br />

nazarethcsfn.org<br />

facebook.com/csfn.usa<br />

twitter.com/csfn_usa<br />

instagram.com/csfn.usa<br />

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First Vows Ceremony<br />

On Saturday, August 5, Sister Esperanza Marie and Sister Molly Bernadette made their First Profession of Vows at the<br />

Provincialate in Des Plaines, IL. They celebrated the day with family, friends, and sisters of their community both in person<br />

and on Zoom.<br />

Sister Esperanza Marie grew up in Wichita <strong>Fall</strong>s, TX, as one of seven children. After attending our discernment retreats,<br />

she found herself drawn to our charism and mission, though she says she was first attracted to religious life at nine years<br />

old after watching The Sound of Music. She became an affiliate in 2018 and a postulant in 2019.<br />

Sister Molly Bernadette was raised on a farm in Powell, WY, with her ten siblings. She earned a bachelor’s degree in<br />

theology from Christendom College in Front Royal, VA. She has been in discernment for her vocation since October<br />

2018.<br />

Please join us in prayers of gratitude as we celebrate Sister Esperanza and Sister Molly’s First Vows. May those still<br />

in discernment find peace in the path they choose strengthened by Sisters Esperanza Marie and Molly Bernadette's<br />

wholehearted YES to the Lord.<br />

In the top row from left to right are Sister Marietta Osinska,<br />

Sister Emmanuela Le, Sister Joanna Filip, and Sister Edyta<br />

Krawczyk. The bottom row features Sister Molly Bernadette<br />

Spiering and Sister Esperanza Marie Danks.<br />

Blessings of the habits, veils, and profession crosses on<br />

Friday, August 4, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />



Vindication & Glory:<br />


EDITOR’S NOTE: This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Blessed M. Stella and her Ten Companions, Sisters<br />

of the Holy Family of Nazareth, who sacrificed their lives on August 1, 1943, in Nowogródek, then Poland. The sisters were declared<br />

Blessed by Virtue of Martyrdom on March 5, 2000, by Pope St. John Paul II. September 4 marks the Feast Day for the Blessed<br />

Martyrs of Nowogródek, which is an important day in Nazareth as it reflects the day when the Sisters of the Holy Family of<br />

Nazareth first came to Nowogródek in 1929. Each issue of Nazareth Connections this year will contain a story or reflection on<br />

these heroic witnesses.<br />

In this issue, we share with you a text from a presentation entitled “Vindication & Glory” by Sister Rita Kathryn Sperka, CSFN<br />

(1934-2014), given during Holy Family University’s two-day conference, “70 Years Later: The Global Impact of the Holocaust”<br />

in 2009.<br />

We invite you to read along and have a “mini view” into the lives of each of these brave sisters:<br />


At the age of 27, Sister Felicita entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Her<br />

mother had died when she was only nine days old. Reared by an extended family, she was<br />

quiet and shy while growing up on a farm. Even though she had been diagnosed with a<br />

serious heart condition, she kept as busy as a bee. “During the Russian occupation, she had<br />

been hired to clean the school that had been taken away from the sisters. The heartbreaking<br />

changes in the school, along with the difficult ... hostile conditions” placed immense stress<br />

upon her.<br />

One townsperson had recalled hearing her say, “How the weight of the Cross draws<br />

one closer to God!” Alex Zwierko's observation of Sister Felicita is worth quoting: “She<br />

was a frail flower that seemed to step aside for everyone ... She was meek and upright,<br />

never sought even the smallest gratification. ... Always accommodating and very grateful to the congregation for the<br />

opportunity to live in Nazareth, (she) was frequently absorbed in prayer ... and the Cross was her only love. She was<br />

fervently attracted by this love.”<br />


Sister Canuta’s story is unique. She was engaged to be married to Stan when one night in a<br />

dream, she heard the directive not to marry him because her bridegroom was waiting for<br />

her in Grodno (a place with which she was not familiar) and he would give her a red dress.<br />

Perplexed and misunderstood by everyone, she decided to go on pilgrimage to the Shrine of<br />

Our Lady of Czestochowa. Praying in the special chapel, she distinctly heard an inner voice<br />

instructing her to enter a convent. She had never met a consecrated religious but when<br />

she saw two sisters leaving the chapel, she followed them. Upon catching up to them, she<br />

told them that she wanted to enter their congregation. They invited her and her mother to<br />

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accompany them to their convent to meet the superior. During the interview, the superior outlined the steps needed<br />

to enter a religious congregation and mentioned Josephine would eventually go to Grodno for her novitiate, a period of<br />

initial formation. She was stunned to hear “Grodno” and interpreted that as a confirmation of God’s will for her.<br />

On the day she pronounced her vows, she said, “The dream has been fulfilled, but not entirely. Where is my wedding<br />

present? I already have my spouse, but where is my red dress?”<br />

From the position of Sister Canuta in the common grave, it appears she was buried alive, covered in her own blood and<br />

the blood of her fellow religious sisters. At that moment, Sister Canuta would have understood the meaning of the red<br />

dress.<br />


If Sister Gwidona were alive today, she would be considered an environmentalist. Her love of<br />

everyone and all creation was evident. The farm and garden were her responsibility. In spring<br />

1943, a neighbor sent his son with horse and plow to help her till the earth in preparation<br />

for planting. While speaking with the young man, Sister Gwidona petted the mare and then<br />

chided him for making the horse sweat. Acknowledging her concern but needing to vent his<br />

displeasure about the town administrator, [the young man] Alex informed Sister that the<br />

fine heifer she had set aside for a needy family had been sent to a butcher in a neighboring<br />

village. The youth continued, “Sister turned away so that I could not see her pained reaction.<br />

Her piglets had also disappeared. … (Suddenly) I noticed a tall, overgrown mound. I saw a<br />

horrible sight underneath it. The melting snow revealed the body of a young 20-year-old<br />

Jewish man. He had been executed and never buried because the snow had covered his body. Looking at this savage<br />

Nazi calling card, I became furious.” After the young man finished his tirade, Sister Gwidona said, “Listen, I understand<br />

everything (that you’re saying). … I don't know who will gather the harvest from this field. But of one thing I am certain,<br />

and that is that the land needs to be looked after. We need to do this for the good of the soil.”<br />

Under those conditions, no environmentalist could have spoken more eloquently in defense of God’s creation.<br />


Sister Daniela came from another region of the Russian sector and her parents opted not<br />

to send her to school. In Nowogródek, she was responsible for the school kitchenette and<br />

the sisters’ dining room. Working in the school provided her with the opportunity to be<br />

attentive to the needs of the children, especially the poor. “During the main lunch break,<br />

Sister Daniela would walk among the children, noting who had forgotten to bring their<br />

lunch, and then she’d quickly come to their assistance. On the cold winter evenings when<br />

the teachers continued working after school, she should bring them something warm.<br />

Throughout her entire life, Sister Daniela practiced an active love for her neighbor.”<br />

Fr. Zienkiewicz characterized her as “a meek, discreet, guardian angel.”<br />



Sister Raymond came from the Russian sector, near Vilnius. She was assigned to domestic<br />

duties that she readily fulfilled despite suffering from severe arthritis. During the Russian<br />

occupation, Sister Raymond was one of the persons employed to clean the school and she<br />

sought to share everything she had with the others. One of the sisters who had lived with<br />

Sister Raymond observed, “She shared everything with them, to the last crumb of bread.<br />

She was so filled with sisterly love and … was a perfect example of the word magnanimity.”<br />

During their last evening prayer together before reporting to the commissariat, Sister<br />

Raymond requested they sing a joyous hymn to the Virgin Mary entitled “Heaven Resounds<br />

with Joy.”<br />


Moving on to reflecting on Sister Canisia, whose father had been an officer in the Imperial<br />

Czarist Army, we learn that she came from a very pious family. When she was 14 years old,<br />

her mother died. Although she was interested in becoming a religious, she decided to remain<br />

with her father and became a certified teacher in a school. Her brother became a priest and<br />

ministered as an army chaplain and catechist. She and her brother were “soulmates.” With<br />

the death of her brother from meningitis in 1933, she decided to seek admission to the<br />

Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.<br />

As a teacher, she was known to be zealous and dedicated. She had high expectations of the<br />

children and still higher ones for herself. She had a liver condition and often suffered, but<br />

never missed a lesson and would never accept a substitute.<br />

During the Soviet occupation, she was hired to teach in the public school and march with the children during propaganda<br />

demonstrations. While walking with the children, she prayed for them. Dressed as a civilian, Sister Canisia’s identity as a<br />

member of a religious order was not conspicuous. When higher authorities began to suspect her, she escaped to Grodno<br />

where, under an assumed identity, she remained until the Russians were forced to retreat. During the German occupation<br />

back in Nowogródek, she taught children in their family homes. She instructed the children in the Polish language<br />

and mathematics, and as a catechist, she prepared them for the reception of the sacraments in the Catholic tradition.<br />

Belarusian Nazi sympathizers reported her activities to the German authorities.<br />


Before entering the sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN), Sister Stella had<br />

completed a clandestine teacher-training program run by the CSFNs in Vilnius. Thanks to<br />

that experience, she knew how to live under stressful situations. Because the preceding<br />

[Nowogródek] superior never returned from a meeting in Vilnius, Sister Stella assumed all<br />

the responsibilities of that office and displayed loving concern for the sisters and the people.<br />

During the Russian occupation, the sisters were scattered and lived in different places, some<br />

with families who had room for one more person. Her skillful adaptation to reality can be<br />

noted in an excerpt from a letter she sent to the Superior General in Rome:<br />

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Dearest Grandmama,<br />

I have not written because I thought that my letters would not reach you. Instead, I asked someone who was heading in your<br />

direction to tell you all about us. Grandma, by now you know that we have had to change our place of residence. We work wherever<br />

we can in order to buy a piece of bread and, thanks to our most wonderful Father, so far we have not experienced want. Hopefully,<br />

we will not run short of anything until the end… This year, we have had a very long, hard winter.<br />

We received word that you were very ill, Grandma, but are feeling better. We rejoice immensely and hope that we will be able to<br />

see you soon. We all desire to be united with one another as soon as possible. We have been informed of everyone who has died…<br />

and remember them to our best Father.<br />

The whole family unites with me in warmly embracing you, our dearest Grandma.<br />

Stella<br />


In contrast, Sister Heliodora lived up to the underlying Greek meaning of her name and<br />

displayed a very sunny disposition. She was energetic, industrious, agile, and talented.<br />

Whatever she undertook produced positive results. Mothers of the schoolchildren would<br />

frequently chat with her because she had such an uplifting personality. She possessed a<br />

healing balm that was definitely divine joy, which radiated from her upon her environment.<br />

During the Russian occupation, the Soviet director of the school indicated he would allow<br />

the sisters to be present in the school if one of the sisters became his housekeeper. He<br />

personally selected Sister Heliodora. By her example, she was instrumental in bringing<br />

about the conversion of the atheist director and his wife to Catholicism and had been<br />

requested to instruct their son in the teachings of the Catholic Church. As the Nazi forces<br />

pushed the Soviets into retreat, the director entrusted his valuables to [Sister Heliodora] for safekeeping.<br />

The people of Nowogródek cherished her legacy of quick wit, joy-filled love, and memories of children hugging her and<br />

laughing as they hid within the folds of her wide habit. As with all the sisters, her faith-filled prayer life was the source of<br />

her very being as she shared the message of our Foundress, Frances Siedliska, with everyone whose life she touched.<br />


The youngest Sister to die was Sister Boromea. Coming from a picturesque region near<br />

Grodno where people had their unique lifestyle, Sister Boromea experienced some difficulty<br />

in accepting routine domestic assignments. Moreover, as the youngest in a community<br />

experiencing untold challenges brought on by the war, her sensitive nature was often<br />

revealed in her tear-filled eyes. Aware of her struggle, the superiors agreed to her parents’<br />

request for her to return to her family home. Her stay was brief because she desired to<br />

return to the Nowogródek community. Sensing her need for more time away from the<br />

community, Sister Stella arranged for her to reside with a family only six kilometers away<br />

from the convent. Again, her stay was a short one and upon her return to the convent, she<br />

wrote to one sister, “Something urged me to return to the sisters.”<br />

Alex Zwierko keenly concluded, “Sister Boromea consistently formed her God-given, delicate, and sensitive nature<br />

toward an ever-greater level of maturity and fidelity. The love of the Holy Family of Nazareth captivated her. And it was<br />

that love, and no other, that prepared her to make the most beautiful evangelical sacrifice.”<br />



Also from a Russian sector of Poland, Sister Sergia’s parents did not permit her to attend<br />

a Russian school. Though her formal education was nonexistent, she entered the Sisters of<br />

the Holy Family of Nazareth on December 25, 1922. On August 4, 1925, she was among<br />

the group of sisters who left for the United States. She completed her novitiate in Des<br />

Plaines, IL, and arrived in South Philadelphia in August 1926, where she fulfilled domestic<br />

services in the convent. However, most of her time was spent right here in Torresdale. I had<br />

an opportunity to speak with two of our elderly sisters who had very vivid recollections of<br />

Sister Sergia that almost verbatim matched the testimony of the Nowogródek witnesses<br />

who spoke of her virtuous life centered on God and love of others. She felt the need to<br />

return to Poland and when she was offered that opportunity, she expressed herself to one<br />

sister in almost prophetic terms. Sister stated, “She was convinced that she has nothing else<br />

to give our Lord for his great love than to want to give him her life. She is not afraid of martyrdom.”<br />

Later, when Sister Malgorzata and her friends went into the woods and Sister Malgorzata began to dig in the area of<br />

the fresh mound, the object that she hit was Sister Sergia's leg, for she pulled up a piece of clothing marked with Sister<br />

Sergia’s identification. Thus, the location of the burial of the sisters was confirmed.<br />


Born in the Austrian sector, Sister Imelda entered the Congregation at 19. While working<br />

in a school conducted by the Congregation, Sister Imelda continued her own education<br />

and in June 1914, she received her license as a certified kindergarten teacher in Lwow,<br />

presently known as Lviv in Ukraine. She had a fantastic sense of humor and could laugh at<br />

her own mistakes. One story that she enjoyed telling was the result of a play on words.<br />

Prior to her assignment in Nowogródek, when a school inspector arrived one morning,<br />

the superior whispered to her as she passed her on the corridor, “Please bring some tea<br />

sandwiches (kanapki).” Within a few minutes, Sister Imelda appeared in the parlor carrying<br />

a sofa with the aid of another sister. Since she thought Sister Fides, the superior, had said<br />

“kanapa,” which means “sofa,” she brought the wrong thing and everyone had a good laugh.<br />

Sister Imelda spent her last years of life as sacristan in the Fara, the main church in town. She was also the organist and<br />

instructed the boys who assisted the priest during religious services. They and her former students spoke of her as an<br />

excellent teacher.<br />

In her diary, Anne Frank left us a glimpse of her hidden life before the Gestapo brought it to an abrupt, untimely end.<br />

Our eleven sisters did not leave a written account, but their lives spoke volumes. I’ve been able to give you a glimpse into<br />

the lives of my sisters by quoting words of people who were convinced that they survived World War II because these<br />

sisters offered their lives for them and continue to look after them.<br />

Situated in the direct path of the Chernobyl fallout, Nowogródek expected devastating consequences. However,<br />

scientists who studied soil and other samples found no contaminants. Informed of the scientific findings, the townsfolk<br />

spontaneously responded that their sisters were still protecting them. Remember Isaiah's words: "In the Lord shall be the<br />

vindication and the glory of all the descendants of Israel. May each of us here present be courageous enough to let our<br />

lives witness to our faith in a loving God of all.<br />

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Giving More for<br />

His Kingdom<br />

By Sister Eileen Therese Przybylowski — This is<br />

an account of my leadership of the Holy Family of<br />

Nazareth Associate Group over the past 25 years.<br />

“Is there anything more we can do?”<br />

This question arose as I was leading a monthly reflection<br />

group in September 1997. As a staff chaplain, I joined<br />

in on the project initiated by the Nazareth Hospital<br />

Mission Committee. The question raised by John<br />

McLelland sparked the beginning of another Association<br />

of the Holy Family group and is still seeking more after<br />

25 years.<br />

While many members are now with God — Margaret<br />

Dubyak, Kathleen Jo Massaro, and Mayna Morelli —<br />

other original members and I experienced how our<br />

group expanded and moved from the Nazareth Hospital<br />

Convent to Mount Nazareth. Through a progression<br />

of monthly and annual meetings, workshops, retreats,<br />

and visiting our sisters on the second floor at Mount<br />

Nazareth, we continued to learn more about our<br />

Nazareth Charism, Mother Foundress, our Eleven<br />

Martyred Sisters, and the spirit of the Holy Family.<br />

Our personal daily work on the job, involvement with<br />

parish ministries, volunteering, and caring for family and<br />

neighbors were all opportunities to live out our faith<br />

more devotedly.<br />

In 2002 when Hattie Cuirle died, I suggested we pray<br />

for her to ask the Holy Family for seven more members.<br />

Indeed, they joined us in a short time. During the<br />

pandemic, we prayed the Healing Rosary for Families<br />

during a weekly phone conference call from June 13,<br />

2020, to the present. The conference call was suggested<br />

by Margaret Sitbon, who was working on her computer<br />

job at home. Because of this, the Associates were able<br />

to renew their commitments annually, pray novenas<br />

with the sisters, and “join” with them for Liturgical and<br />

Congregational Feasts. We prayed for the needs of all,<br />

including the sisters, and especially on their birthdays.<br />

I was supported by their prayers when hospitalized<br />

twice. Our bonds with the Holy Family and each other<br />

were only deepened more through these weekly<br />

conference calls.<br />

This year, I was in the process of orienting a new<br />

member when three more women joined us. Having<br />

celebrated my 90th birthday in April, I felt myself slowing<br />

down. Witnessing the quick decline and death of two<br />

of our sisters recently, I realized this could happen to<br />

me as well. I did not want the group to be left suddenly<br />

without a leader, I prayed to Mother Foundress and our<br />

Martyred Sisters who surrendered all. What more could<br />

I do? I received my answer soon enough: “Let go and<br />

let God...”<br />

Our Sister Marcella Louise Wallowicz graciously stepped<br />

up and accepted the leadership of this group. Thank you,<br />

sister, for being willing to give more.<br />

I am grateful to the Holy Family for journeying with this<br />

group. We worked to give more to spread the Kingdom<br />

of God. Now they can continue our mission with their<br />

new leader, giving more of themselves to God's Family<br />

through the mission of the Holy Family.<br />

Celebrating Mother Foundress’ birthday on November<br />

12, 2022. The group shared their love and gratitude for<br />

Mother Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd.<br />


Spirit In Ministry:<br />

St. John Paul II Center<br />

By Sister Frances Smalkowski<br />

It was sometime in March 1984 when the Provincial<br />

Superior telephoned and asked that I join two other<br />

sisters to begin a new ministry at the Pope John Paul<br />

II Center for Health Care instead of returning to my<br />

previous ministry in our sisters’ infirmary. The Diocese<br />

of Bridgeport, CT, was planning to open this 110-bed<br />

nursing home in the next few months and the local<br />

bishop was seeking religious sisters to help with staffing.<br />

Sister Victoria Czajkowski was among the first to<br />

begin her recreational therapy ministry there, while<br />

Sister Rita Ashwell and I started working in the nursing<br />

department that August. The facility officially opened<br />

on September 21, 1984, when the first resident was<br />

admitted, but it wasn’t until six months after working in<br />

the nursing department that I joined Monsignor Daniel<br />

J. Foley in his ministry on February 18, 1985.<br />

In the years since, Nazareth Spirituality has flourished<br />

especially because of the witness of so many of our<br />

sisters who volunteered their energy and time. Through<br />

their daily visits and religious programming, ministries<br />

such as the Rosary Society, the Spiritual Enrichment<br />

Program, the Religious Media Club, and other various<br />

music ministries were founded. Years later, after working<br />

as a staff nurse, head nurse, and later, psychiatric nurse<br />

clinical specialist under diocesan ownership, my ministry<br />

has now evolved into chaplaincy. Sister Rita Ashwell also<br />

generously volunteers several hours of pastoral ministry<br />

each week after she too ministered in various positions<br />

for more than 35 years.<br />

With family being the heart of our CSFN mission, there<br />

were and continue to be numerous opportunities to<br />

share our spirit of Nazareth with the families of our<br />

residents (now capacity for 141), staff, visitors, and<br />

volunteers. As of this September, we are beginning our<br />

preparation for the 40th anniversary of the St. John<br />

Paul II Center, which has changed hands multiple times.<br />

Though no longer owned by the Bridgeport Diocese,<br />

the pastoral care department is still funded by it.<br />

For Sisters Victoria and Rita and me, it was during<br />

our daily commute that we began to feel the richness<br />

of the spirit that bled into the coming hours of our day.<br />

Not long after had two volunteer CSFN sisters joined us,<br />

and throughout the next several years many more came<br />

to volunteer as pastoral visitors, including our pioneer,<br />

Sister Ursula, as well as Sisters Gregoria, Donatilla, Martina,<br />

Theresa Wroblewska, Edward, Fidelia, Jude, Miriam Fides, and<br />

Bernice Dudek.<br />

These sisters — through their recognizing of God in the<br />

everyday, their faithful listening, and loving relationships —<br />

affected not only the residents and their families, but also<br />

and especially the volunteers with whom they bonded. Many<br />

of these volunteers later became Holy Family Associates,<br />

and were close to 20 who committed as such, including my<br />

own mom! One volunteer also joined Nazareth Spirituality<br />

for more than 25 years and ministered many years as a<br />

chaplain before she was called home to God:<br />

Sister Doris Marie Deane.<br />

“Thank you, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd<br />

(Frances Siedliska), for having the courage to follow your<br />

vision,” Sister Frances says.<br />

“Your willingness to do so paved the way for my own<br />

journey, and I am so blessed.”<br />

Sisters volunteer at the Saint John Paul II Center.<br />

NAZARETH CONNECTIONS // FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />


A Legacy<br />

of Sacrifice<br />

& Service<br />

By Amanda Giarratano<br />

Our Foundress, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good<br />

Shepherd (Frances Siedliska), once wrote, “There is no<br />

love without sacrifice.” Her words eventually came to a<br />

frightful fruition in summer 1943, when eleven sisters in<br />

the congregation she founded gave their lives to protect<br />

the families in the embattled town of Nowogródek<br />

during the throes of World War II. These sisters, Sister<br />

Mary Stella and her Ten Companions, the Blessed Martyrs<br />

of Nowogródek, lived and died by the example that our<br />

Foundress had written of so<br />

many years before; they offered their lives in sacrifice<br />

to spare the arrested men and women from the brutality<br />

of the Nazi regime.<br />

This devotion to the care of families has lived on through<br />

generations of sisters and is alive and well even today.<br />

Thankfully, the sacrifices that most of our sisters see<br />

today come in the way of time and expense, though their<br />

motivation is no less deeply felt and no less rooted in the<br />

love of Nazareth.<br />

Today, many of our sisters work and volunteer their time<br />

for the good of others. Over the decades since arriving in<br />

the United States, our sisters have founded many schools,<br />

child care facilities, and hospitals all across the country,<br />

and the tradition of this work in education, spirituality,<br />

and medicine continues on to this day.<br />

Sister Theresita Donach works as a Pastoral Associate<br />

at Saints Philip and James Parish in New York, but her<br />

devotion to the families extends far past her daily<br />

employment. Each week, Sister Theresita composes the<br />

Wednesday Reflection, a spiritual message written in the<br />

style of a friendly letter and sent out via email and social<br />

media. She writes to guide all of our Nazareth Family on<br />

their journey of faith, addressing not only the different<br />

seasons of the Church calendar and holidays as they<br />

pass, but also the day-to-day experiences that shape lives.<br />

Sister often shares stories of her own experiences that<br />

she knows will carry with them poignant messages<br />

to readers.<br />

In Tyler, TX, Sister Josephine Garrett also wears many hats<br />

for her ministry. Employed as a school counselor, Sister<br />

Josephine is also a part of the CSFN Vocation ministry<br />

and works both as a public speaker and writer, having<br />

recently contributed to a collection of essays on Black<br />

Americans for whom future sainthood may very well be<br />

a reality.<br />

At our Provincialate in Des Plaines, Sister Maria<br />

Magdalena carefully balances her career as a critical<br />

care nurse at Holy Family Medical Center with her<br />

duties as the National Director of the Association of<br />

the Holy Family and Provincial Councilor. Nursing is a<br />

time-honored tradition among our sisters, who in 1894,<br />

founded St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago (now<br />

Ascension Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center) just<br />

a stone’s throw away from our Des Plaines Provincialate.<br />

Like so many healthcare professionals in recent years,<br />

Sister Maria Magdalena worked through the heights of<br />

the recent pandemic, never wavering in her devotion to<br />

her patients.<br />


These three hardworking sisters are typical of the<br />

mindset all of our CSFN Sisters; they give of their time<br />

and of themselves as much as they possibly can, not only<br />

to provide loving care to children and families who may<br />

need them, but also to stand as examples of the steadfast<br />

diligence of all our sisters, both past and present. The<br />

hard work and devotion that Blessed Mary of Jesus the<br />

Good Shepherd, and the eleven sisters who braved the<br />

journey to the United States to begin ministry anew in<br />

a country so far away from what they had known, set an<br />

example that all of our sisters seek to follow.<br />

Our sisters who have moved on to retirement from work<br />

in the public sector find ways and means to still live their<br />

charism. While many people view retirement as simply<br />

an end to regular work and perhaps even the beginning<br />

to a new life of leisure and contentment, for our sisters,<br />

it is simply a move towards the next phase in their life of<br />

service. The vows they had taken, for some even decades<br />

ago, stand as true today as they did upon their first<br />

profession.<br />

All our sisters engage in regular prayer, but for many of<br />

our retired sisters, quiet prayer and contemplation has<br />

often become their best manner of offering themselves<br />

up to serve others; even as the body begins to feel its age,<br />

their will and their devotion to Nazareth remains strong<br />

as ever. Our friends are always invited to share their<br />

prayer requests with the sisters. Some lead rosary prayer<br />

and novena videos for holidays and special events. The<br />

Mass the sisters attend each morning is just one of many<br />

opportunities that arise with each given day for them to<br />

offer their prayers for all who may need them.<br />

There are opportunities for all our sisters, retired or not,<br />

to engage with their communities. Whether it is Sister<br />

Cathy Fedewa supporting detained immigrant families in<br />

Chicago or Sister Antonina Gadacz weaving together her<br />

art and storytelling to create children’s books to help<br />

young people understand the presence<br />

of God in their lives, the sisters never shrink from<br />

the mission set out before them so long ago by<br />

our Foundress.<br />

Each day is a new experience, a new opportunity to live<br />

the mission and to bring the unending love of Nazareth<br />

to those who need it most.<br />

Sister Maria Magdalena Rybak at work in the<br />

Ascension Holy Family Hospital during the<br />

Pandemic.<br />

St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in 1925.<br />

Sister Theresita Donach.<br />

NAZARETH CONNECTIONS // FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />



In Memoriam<br />

Sister M.<br />

Jude Carroll<br />

January<br />

3, 1942 –<br />

April 23,<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Judith Ann<br />

Carroll<br />

entered<br />

the world on January 3, 1942, the<br />

youngest of three children born to<br />

John and Ruth (Adams) Carroll.<br />

After being hospitalized with an illness<br />

that left her with paralysis in one<br />

leg, Sister Jude went to live with her<br />

stepmother’s parents. There, sister<br />

often said, she experienced many<br />

happy years. Sister Jude had been<br />

baptized on August 1, 1943, into the<br />

Episcopal faith but had no formal<br />

instruction. It was her grandmother<br />

who spoke to her of God and the<br />

tenets of their faith. She also learned a<br />

valuable lesson from her grandfather<br />

— patience in suffering.<br />

Upon graduation from elementary<br />

school, Sister Jude entered Stamford<br />

High School. After graduating from<br />

high school in June 1959, she enrolled<br />

in the University of Connecticut and<br />

earned a degree in English. While a<br />

student at the university, Sister Jude<br />

met a friend who frequently invited<br />

her to spend the holidays with her<br />

and her family. It was during these<br />

visits that she learned of the Catholic<br />

religion, which led her to being<br />

baptized December 18, 1965, at the<br />

Church of St. Cecilia in Stamford, CT.<br />

Sister Jude worked in the Social<br />

Security office for eleven years before<br />

a feeling of restlessness led her to<br />

seek counsel from friends. Providence<br />

led her to Sister Frances Smalkowski,<br />

CSFN. Then, and after years of prayer,<br />

reflection, and discernment, Sister<br />

Jude entered the Congregation of<br />

the Sisters of the Holy Family of<br />

Nazareth on February 6, 1977. During<br />

her years in Nazareth, Sister Jude<br />

earned a master’s degree in religious<br />

education from Fairfield University in<br />

Fairfield, CT, and a graduate certificate<br />

in spirituality from St. Joseph College<br />

in Hartford, CT. Sister Jude ministered<br />

as a DRE in three parishes — St.<br />

Hyacinth in Glen Head, NY; Our Lady<br />

of the Lakes in Oakdale, CT; and St.<br />

Joseph in Shelton, CT. She also served<br />

as RCIA Director at St. Joseph in<br />

Shelton, CT, and assisted with retreat<br />

activities from 1998-2004 at the<br />

House of Prayer in Riverhead, NY.<br />

Once diagnosed, Sister Jude<br />

transitioned to part-time work. She<br />

led retreat programs in neighboring<br />

parishes, served as Director of the<br />

Association of the Holy Family, was a<br />

delegate to the Bridgeport Diocesan<br />

Synod of 2015, and took responsibility<br />

for the publication of the Immaculate<br />

Heart of Mary Province Newsletter.<br />

Sister Jude touched the lives of<br />

the workers at the facility where<br />

coworkers admired her joyful spirit<br />

amid suffering; she was never without<br />

a smile on her face. Sister Jude died<br />

peacefully in the afternoon of April<br />

23, <strong>2023</strong> — the anniversary of the<br />

Beatification of the Foundress of the<br />

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.<br />

Sister<br />

M. Clare<br />

Nguygen<br />

February<br />

23, 1997<br />

– April 8,<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

The weather<br />

was beautiful<br />

on February 23, 1997, and it was<br />

evening in Daklak, a small Vietnamese<br />

village, when Binh was born, the third<br />

child to the proud parents, Quang<br />

and Tam. Binh’s siblings Jimmy and<br />

June were excited to have a sister but<br />

recall Binh was very sick and spent<br />

most of the first year<br />

of her life in the hospital. Three<br />

years later, a fourth child was added<br />

to the Nguyen family, a third girl<br />

named Chinh.<br />

Binh’s parents described her as<br />

a curious child who asked many<br />

questions. She was quiet and loved by<br />


the people in the village. She enjoyed<br />

Bible studies, playing the guitar, and<br />

devoted many hours speaking with<br />

and listening to the elderly people in<br />

the village.<br />

Binh attended elementary and<br />

high school in Vietnam. At the age<br />

of 17, Binh traveled to the United<br />

States to continue her education.<br />

She attended Edmonds Community<br />

College in Lynwood, WA, and then<br />

Dallas College in Texas where she<br />

completed her associate degree<br />

in science.<br />

Raised in a Catholic family, Binh<br />

credited her parents for instilling<br />

within her the importance of praying<br />

daily, attending Mass, celebrating<br />

religious events and devotions, and<br />

recalled conversations her parents<br />

had with their children about<br />

religious life. It was when visiting<br />

her grandparents’ home at a young<br />

age that Binh came in contact with<br />

sisters. Not until Binh moved to<br />

North Carolina to be with Jimmy<br />

and June did she share with them<br />

her desire to enter religious life.<br />

Jimmy then spoke with friends who<br />

directed him to Sister Emmanuela,<br />

who would direct and guide Binh. Her<br />

sister June accompanied Binh to her<br />

first discernment weekend in Grand<br />

Prairie and there began Binh’s journey<br />

in Nazareth.<br />

She knew she was chosen to do<br />

something special with her life and<br />

said “yes” over and over and over<br />

again. Even after her surgery, Sister<br />

Clare could be found in the kitchen<br />

preparing meals for herself or her<br />

local community, helping decorate the<br />

house for holidays, completing chores,<br />

and helping to serve others from her<br />

wheelchair. All this while she suffered<br />

silently with pain and discomfort as it<br />

claimed her body, but never her spirit.<br />

She wanted to spread her wings and<br />

not allow her struggles to keep her<br />

from living her life to the fullest.<br />

Sister Clare lived the simplicity and<br />

humility characteristic of our CSFN<br />

charism and spirit in the short<br />

three years she was with us. How<br />

appropriate that, after so much time<br />

spent in the shadow of the cross, her<br />

gentle soul took flight to heaven as<br />

we sang the Gloria at the Easter Vigil!<br />

Sister M.<br />

Michaeline<br />

Kwit<br />

September<br />

29, 1938<br />

– July 5,<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

Lottie M. Kwit<br />

was born into<br />

a blended<br />

family on September 29, 1938, in<br />

Chicago. Her older siblings, Chester,<br />

Helen, and Henry lost their mother<br />

when they were still young, so Peter,<br />

their father, married Frances, who<br />

became the mother of Stanley, Lottie,<br />

and Richard.<br />

Lottie enjoyed her childhood,<br />

especially with her only sister, Helen,<br />

and her baby brother, Richard. St. Ann<br />

was her home parish, where she was<br />

baptized, went to grade school, and<br />

received the sacraments. For high<br />

school she traveled to Holy Family<br />

Academy. It was during her senior<br />

year on September 4, 1955, that she<br />

entered the convent with the Sisters<br />

of the Holy Family of Nazareth and<br />

graduated from there as a postulant.<br />

On August 15, 1956, she entered the<br />

Novitiate, receiving the name Sister<br />

Dominic, which she later changed to<br />

Sister Michaeline. July 15, 1958, was<br />

the day she pronounced her First<br />

Vows and on August 10, 1964, her<br />

Perpetual Vows, taking on the mystery<br />

of Sacrificial Love.<br />

Her ministerial life consisted of many<br />

experiences from being a student, a<br />

teacher, provincial treasurer, special<br />

projects coordinator at Saint Mary of<br />

Nazareth Hospital, treasurer general<br />

in Rome, Italy, associate administrator<br />

at Holy Family Health Center in Des<br />

Plaines, IL, director of central supply<br />

at Nazarethville, and parish secretary<br />

at St. Ladislaus, concluding her active<br />

ministry by joining the Des Plaines<br />

Community in 2016.<br />

Sister Michaeline was a teacher and<br />

businesswoman. She served the<br />

community as businesswoman, and<br />

more recently as local superior. She<br />

was generous and kind, but sensitive<br />

in nature. She also had a gift for<br />

telling stories and was faithful to her<br />

religious exercises, especially the<br />

afternoon Holy Hour where<br />

she prayed for community, family,<br />

and friends.<br />

One sister described her as a true<br />

Nazareth Sister and daughter of the<br />

Holy Family. She loved our Mother<br />

Foundress and being a member of<br />

the community.<br />

Sister Michaeline lived a full and<br />

productive life pleasing to the Lord,<br />

who welcomed her home on July 5,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. On July 11, Sister Michaeline<br />

was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery<br />

in Des Plaines, IL.<br />

Donations in memory of<br />

a deceased sister may be<br />

mailed to Development<br />

Office, Sisters of the Holy<br />

Family of Nazareth - USA,<br />

Inc., 310 N. River Road,<br />

Des Plaines, IL 60016.<br />

Please include a note with<br />

the name of the sister in<br />

whose memory you are<br />

giving. Donations may<br />

also be made online at<br />

nazarethcsfn.org/donate.<br />

NAZARETH CONNECTIONS // FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />



Thank You from Our<br />

Development Office<br />

On behalf of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth – Holy Family Province, I would like to offer my thanks for the<br />

extraordinary generosity you have shown our sisters throughout 2022. As our partners in mission and ministry, you have<br />

helped us in more ways than you can imagine. Thanks to your support, we have been able to tend to the needs of all our<br />

sisters so they in turn could “further God’s kingdom by building communities of love and hope among [themselves] and<br />

among the families of the world.”<br />

Each time we asked you, our dear Nazareth Family, for help, you came through for us and never let us down. Thanks to<br />

your generosity, we were able to renovate bathrooms at Divine Providence Convent, where our Novices live; replace a<br />

cracked and sinking patio at Mount Nazareth Convent in Philadelphia, PA; and install a security gate on our convent and<br />

retreat center grounds in Grand Prairie, TX.<br />

Our sisters are so very grateful that you hold them in such high regard that you saw fit to assist with these and many<br />

other vital projects in 2022. They take great comfort in knowing that you care for them so deeply and want to help<br />

ensure that their living situations remain safe and comfortable.<br />

Be assured that they keep you, your loved ones, and your special intentions in their daily prayers.<br />

Katherine Barth<br />

National Director of Development<br />

Investment<br />

Income<br />

0%<br />

Other<br />

15%<br />

2022 I<strong>NC</strong>OME<br />

Salaries/Social<br />

Security<br />

32%<br />

General<br />

Operation<br />

37%<br />

Development Office<br />

3%<br />

2022 EXPENSES<br />

Ministry Support<br />

2%<br />

Srs Living &<br />

Retirement<br />

44%<br />

Rental Income<br />

1%<br />

Donations<br />

52%<br />

Building/Property<br />

14%<br />


Mail: Send donations to the Development Office, 310 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.<br />

Website: www.nazarethcsfn.org — click on “Donate” to use a credit card or checking account.<br />

Facebook: www.facebook.com/csfn.usa — click on “Donate”<br />

Call: 847-298-6760, ext. 237, our Development Office<br />

16<br />

Text-2-Give: Text the word REGISTER to 847-994-4483. You will then be asked to provide contact and<br />

credit card information.

“Thank You” to Our<br />

Wonderful Committees<br />

We would also like to offer our thanks to the wonderful individuals who have served on our committees, and all those<br />

who have been instrumental in the success of our fundraising programs! There are no words to accurately express how<br />

grateful we are for the time and talents you have been kind enough to share with us.<br />

Nazareth Retreat Center Committee, Southwest Area<br />

Tim Moloney, Mary Jean Moloney, Bill Quinn, Polly Weidenkopf, Sister Francesca Witkowska, CSFN, Sister Mary Louise<br />

Swift, CSFN, Sister Monika Brulinska, CSFN, Sister Marietta Osinska, CSFN, and Katherine Barth.<br />

Oktoberfest in Spring/Spring Fest Committee<br />

Elaine Beatovic, Irene Delgiudice, Gunther Dorth, Margaret Gorder, Michael Hoban, Jacqueline Hyzy, Jackie Pokorny, Mary<br />

Puente, Bob Neil, and Sister Clare Marie Kozicki, CSFN.<br />

<strong>2023</strong> “EVERYDAY PEOPLE”<br />


Join us this October for the <strong>2023</strong> CSFN Stay-At-Home<br />

Social, “Everyday People!”<br />

On Wednesday, October 25, at 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM<br />

CT, we will host our virtual CSFN Social! Building on the<br />

success of our virtual events in previous years, and keeping<br />

in mind concerns over logistics and safety, we have made<br />

the decision to continue on with our “Stay-At-Home<br />

Social” tradition. This virtual event will be available to all<br />

our kind friends and benefactors via our Facebook page at:<br />

www.facebook.com/csfn.usa<br />

For more information, contact Heidi Scheuer at 847-298-6760, ext. 238 or go to the “News & Events” section<br />

of our website, nazarethcsfn.org.<br />

NAZARETH CONNECTIONS // FALL <strong>2023</strong><br />


Have You Thought About<br />

Your Estate Plans?<br />

By Katherine Barth, Director of Development<br />

Your faithful, generous support over the years clearly<br />

indicates your love for our sisters and your commitment<br />

to our ministries to families. For all you are to us, we<br />

are grateful! With this in mind, have you ever considered<br />

leaving a bequest to the Sisters of the Holy Family of<br />

Nazareth?<br />

I ask this question because it is incredibly important that<br />

every family has a thoughtful estate plan in place so that<br />

they can predetermine how they want their assets shared<br />

among their relatives, friends, and even organizations that<br />

they care about. Without a will, state laws may go into<br />

effect that distribute your estate in a very impersonal way!<br />

Through your bequest gifts, you can create a living<br />

memorial that perpetuates good works. These gifts ensure<br />

the sustainability of your beloved organizations in a way<br />

that makes your core values known to others. Generations<br />

to come will benefit from your gifts. Additionally, you can<br />

choose how you want each bequest gift to be used.<br />

There are many ways to leave a legacy behind, and<br />

charitable bequests and beneficiary designations through<br />

wills and trusts are among the most popular. These types of<br />

gifts allow you to retain full control and use of your assets<br />

throughout your lifetime, and you are never locked into a<br />

commitment. You may change your mind at any time.<br />

Nazareth – USA, Inc. as a beneficiary or not, I encourage<br />

you to consult with your financial advisor to discuss the<br />

options. Please make sure you have a will that provides for<br />

those you love. And if you decide to leave a bequest gift to<br />

our sisters, please let us know so that we can thank you<br />

properly.<br />

If you haven’t yet considered a will or other estate plans,<br />

we offer a free booklet, Better Estate Planning, to help<br />

get you started. If you would like this free booklet, just<br />

complete the form on page 19 and return it to our<br />

Development Office. I’ll get it mailed out to you right away.<br />

To receive the free, no obligation booklet, Better Estate<br />

Planning, please complete the attached form and return<br />

it to:<br />

Katherine Barth<br />

Director of Development<br />

310 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016<br />

kbarth@nazarethcsfn.org<br />

847-298-6760, ext. 143<br />

Would you consider making the Sisters of the Holy Family<br />

of Nazareth – USA, Inc. a beneficiary of all or a portion of<br />

your estate, after leaving specific gifts to loved ones? It's<br />

easy to do, and you don't need to be wealthy to do it –<br />

you just need to love our sisters and want to support our<br />

mission.<br />

When you remember the Sisters of the Holy Family of<br />

Nazareth – USA, Inc. in your estate plan, you become<br />

eligible for membership in the Nazareth Legacy Society.<br />

This society is composed of generous and forward-thinking<br />

donors, just like you, who have made the decision to<br />

support our long-term success through a bequest gift.<br />

Whether you name the Sisters of the Holy Family of<br />



NAZARETH – USA, I<strong>NC</strong>. IN YOUR WILL?<br />

Then you’re invited to join Nazareth Legacy Society, a group created to recognize friends just like you who have let us<br />

know that they have remembered our sisters in their wills or estate plans.<br />

In appreciation for your future gift, you will be remembered in the daily prayers of our sisters; you will receive a<br />

certificate denoting your membership in the Nazareth Legacy Society; you will receive a special Holy Family key<br />

ring available only to Nazareth Legacy Society members; and your name will be inscribed on a special plaque in our<br />

Provincialate in Des Plaines, IL. Informing our Development Office you have remembered our sisters in your future plans<br />

automatically entitles you to membership in this special Society! But we won’t enroll you as a member without your<br />

permission.<br />

It’s simple to join! Just complete the form below and return it to the Development Office, 310 N. River Road, Des<br />

Plaines, IL 60016. Or if you prefer, you may contact Katherine Barth at kbarth@nazarethcsfn.org or 847-298-6760, ext.<br />

143 and let her know you would like to be a member.<br />

Thank you for including our sisters in your estate plans. We are grateful for your faithful, caring support.<br />


(Check all that apply)<br />

I have remembered the CSFNs in my<br />

<br />

____ Will ____ Annuity ____ Charitable Trust ____ Life Insurance Policy ____ Retirement Plan<br />

Please enroll me in the Nazareth Legacy Society:<br />

I give permission to publish my name<br />

Please do not publish my name<br />

Please send me a complimentary copy of the booklet, Better Estate Planning<br />

Please contact me. I am considering including the CSFNs in my estate plans, but I have some questions.<br />

Please complete the following and return it to:<br />

Katherine Barth, CSFN Development Office, 310 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.<br />

________________________________________________________________________________<br />

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________________________________________________________________________________<br />

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________________________________________________________________________________<br />

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This information is strictly confidential.<br />

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We are once again pleased to offer our friends and family oplatki for the Christmas season!<br />

Oplatki (or oplatek in the singular form) are paper-thin wafers of unleavened bread embossed with symbols from the<br />

Christmas story. Our oplatki are baked by our sisters in Nowogródek, Belarus. This symbol of unity is made available to<br />

you with the sincere prayer that you will find peace of mind and heart as you recall the sacred mystery of the Nativity of<br />

our Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Oplatki are 2” x 4”.<br />

You may order these special wafers by calling our Development Office at 847-298-6760 ext. 137, or online<br />

at nazarethcsfn.org/donate/request-oplatki.<br />

We, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, are called to extend the Kingdom of God’s love among ourselves and<br />

others by living the spirit of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph whose lives were centered in the love of God and one another.<br />

We witness to this love through dedicated service to the Church, especially in ministry to the family.

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