Death Anniversary of Sister Anne Strzelecka 1934

Friday, March 05, 2010

 March 5
Death Anniversary of Sister Anne Strzelecka, C.R. 1934

Sister Anne was the Sister who lead the first group of four Sisters to began ministry in the United States.  They came in February of 1900 and immediately began teaching at Saint Mary of the Angels Parish.  Sister Anne was a most beloved superior who developed the sisters according to the charism of the Congregation of the Resurrection, negotiated with the hierarchy of the Church in developing new ministries, worked with politicians to establish sites for the ministries and created a vision for the Chicago Province and the New York Province.  Since the anniversary this year falls in the season of lent, we have developed a series of reflections for the stations of the cross that are based on events in Sister Anne's life that seem most especially related to the suffering and of Jesus.  Here are two of them.


Mary loved Jesus as only a mother can love.  And Jesus loved her.  Oh what sorrows now grip the sensitive, loving hearts of mother and Son!  All the anguish of everyone who suffers with a loved one is summed up in this meeting of mother and Son.  Surely Jesus understands, and so does Mary.  This sorrowful meeting can be life-giving for us.

Sister Anne was a “mother” to all of the sisters in America as she lead them in forming the congregation.  She loved each one as only a mother could and taught them to rely on Mary.  She also must have been a great comfort to Mother Celine who suffered the loss of her daughter, Mother Hedwig.  May our relationship with the persons we live with and serve be like that of Mary with those she served.

Sing:  Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.  You are the Savior of the world.


Everything that Jesus had was taken away – even His clothes. Before, He had said that He had nowhere to lay His head. At the end, He had nothing He could call His own in this world. All His riches were from within. So He has treasures in heaven that a moth cannot consume.

In her final years, Sister Anne had no authority, no fellowship with the sisters she had mentored and befriended and  no contact with the ministries she had founded.  As we age, we also lose contact with things in our lives that were important to us.  Together with Sister Anne, we are called to be stripped of everything that is not necessary to our lives in solidarity Jesus in His passion.

Sing:  Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free.  You are the Savior of the world.


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