Sister Sue Bruno Receives Holy Cross Award

Sister Sue Bruno bruno_susan-webwill receive the Holy Cross Award for 2016 given by the Province of the Holy Cross Priests and Brothers. This award is given to lay collaborators who work to fulfill the vision and mission of Blessed Basil Moreau and who “make God known, loved, and served.”  For the past five years, Sister Sue has been working at the University of Portland as the Field Hall Director and has made significant impact on both students and colleagues alike.  Many have left congratulatory messages stating; “She is a phenomenal role model, a great educator and (she) exemplifies a life of service.”  Another wrote, “Your service to the Holy Cross Institutions has made an impact on all of us and I, for one, would not be the same without your influence.”  Sister Sue is the first Hall Rector to receive this award.

In a release from the University of Portland, Rev. John Donato, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs at the University stated, “Sister Sue has been a faith-filled and extraordinary collaborator with Holy Cross at the University of Portland and the University of Notre Dame.  For twenty years she has given herself entirely to the service and support of her resident students, truly knowing and understanding them and providing a great example of religious life.”  He went on to state that he was as honored to “call her my colleague and friend.”

Before Sister Sue’s arrival at the University of Portland, she served on the Congregation’s leadership team as the Councilor for the Membership (2008-2012) and prior to that spent 15 years at the University of Notre Dame, also a Holy Cross Institution, working in a variety of ministerial capacities.  The University of Portland community will formally honor Sister Sue at a Mass and dinner in January, 2017.

You can read more about Sister Sue’s ministry at the University of Portland by clicking on her recent article in Confianca:  Sister Sue Bruno, OSF




Living the Gospel by Sr. Nadine Koza, OSF

koza-nadine-webThis is what Living the Gospel means to me:

For almost six years now I have ministered as chaplain on the Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplants units at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Obviously this is participating in Jesus’ work of healing. But more specifically, while we have made astounding strides in treating cancer over the years, there are sadly, still people whose disease progresses in spite of treatment. As I sit with them and their loved ones the gift I give is the one Mary gave at the foot of Jesus’s cross: “witnessing the suffering.”  And I believe that is redemptive.

Sister Mary Lou Marchetti Featured in Christ is Our Hope

flash-mlmAn article on Sister Mary Lou Marchetti, OSF  and her ministry at Daybreak Shelter in Will County, was recently featured in Christ is our Hope Magazine published by the Diocese of Joliet.  You can read the article, Listening to the Homeless, by clicking here:  Christ is our Hope (scroll to page 7).

As Sister Mary Lou says, “It is a sacred privilege to listen to those who are homeless and to offer encouragement and prayer that brings them hope and the assurance that God is with them.”


Sr. Pauline Schutz, OSF Honored at Parish

On Sunday, September 4, Pauline-sign2016, Sister Pauline Schutz was honored by the parishioners and friends at St. Pius X Parish in Lombard. Sister Pauline spent the past 38 years in service to the St. Pius X parish family. She will move to Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet where she will begin a new ministry of prayer and community service along with her Joliet Franciscan Sisters also in residence.