Sisters of Mary of the Presentation stand in support of The LCWR Assembly Resolution 2019-22:
“Reading the signs of the times from our desire to create communion, we, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, affirm the interrelatedness of the justice concerns addressed by the LCWR Call for 2015-2022. We are heartbroken by the myriad ways our one human family and Earth, our common home, suffer from disconnection, indifference, violence, and fear in the face of racism, migration, and climate crisis. Responding to God who loves all of creation into being, we recommit ourselves to create communion and examine root causes of injustice. We particularly focus on the intersection of racism, migration, and climate crisis. We recognize a sense of urgency and pledge prayer, education, and advocacy. We will use our collective voice, resources, and power in collaboration with others to establish justice which reflects God’s creating love.”
The Ignatian Retreat is steeped in the Gospels and is based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This is a silent retreat where one is able to meet Jesus in the experiences of Jesus’ own life.
Conferences and individual direction are part of the retreat.
Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2020; Register by Jan. 24
May 1 – 3, 2020; Register by April 24
Suggested donation: $85
Participate with others in these 3 hour retreats which are designed to assist a person who desires spiritual growth. The format for these retreats allows for small group gatherings which enable participants to converse on their prayer experiences and encounters with God.
Upcoming three-hour retreats:
“Embracing Change as a Time of Grace”
March 28, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
– Register by March 21, 2020
“Listening With the Ear of Your Heart”
May 23, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
– Register by May 15, 2020
Suggested donation: $18
The theme of this year’s Women’s Retreat is “Knowing Our God Through The Psalms.”
This retreat is designed to guide participants who wish to enter into a deeper prayer based on the psalms. The different kind of psalms express a variety of subjects, moods and attitudes experienced by all of us. These ancient prayers have formed the spiritual life of people for centuries.
March 6 – 8, 2020; Register by Feb. 28
July 24 – 26, 2020; Register by July 17
Suggested donation: $85
On July 1, 2018 Sister Marlyss Dionne and Sister Therese Celine Craven celebrated their 65th Jubilee. A festive Mass, planned by Sister Marlyss and Sister Therese Celine, was held in the Maryvale Chapel with their Religious Community.
In attendance was our Superior General, Sister Jacqueline Josse (pictured), and Sister Mary Jo Guivarch from France.
After Mass, the celebration continued with a delicious brunch and a sharing of memories by their Sisters in religion. Many cards, gifts, and good wishes were given to the celebrating Jubilarians.
On Friday June 8th Father Don Leiphon celebrated his 50th year of ordination into the priesthood. The celebration was held at Maryvale in the Sheyenne River Valley north of Valley City. where Father Leiphon serves as chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. The Mass was presided over by Most Rev. John T. Folda, Bishop, Diocese of Fargo.
Father Don Leiphon grew up on a farm near Devils Lake, ND. He graduated from Assumption Abby College in 1962 and St. John’s University in 1966. Father Leiphon was ordained June 8th 1968 at St. Joseph Church, Devils Lake, ND by Most Rev. Leo Dworschak. He received a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1984.
Father Leiphon served at parishes in Oakes, Cogswell, Langdon, Nekoma, Milton, Osnabrock. In 1973 Father Leiphon was named pastor of both Sacred Heart Parish in Orrin and St. Anselm’s Parish of Fulda, and later also Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Balta. In 1981, Father Leiphon was made Spiritual Director of Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo. In 1989, Father Leiphon took the position of Chaplin to the Carmelite Sisters at the Carmel of Mary Monastery, near Wahpeton, ND. In 2003 he became pastor St. Philip’s parish in Napoleon, ND. Today, Father Leiphon is Chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation at Maryvale in Valley City, ND.
In attendance at the celebration was the Bishop of the Fargo Diocese, thirty priests, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, and a large gathering of friends and family.