US Sisters, a fasting experience

This Lent the US Sisters of the Congregation decided that one of their  Lenten practices would be to stand each Monday in silent prayer for peace .  Before beginning our plan, the community sought collaboration with St. Catherine’s Parish in Mountain Lakes, NJ.,  by speaking with Fr. Jared who has been inviting his parishioners to join us SMICs in “proclaiming” this meaningful Lenten message.

In order to bring visibility to the message, we gather at the corner of our street (Pocono Road) where a rather busy passing of cars occurs at the noon time prayer-stand, to hold a banner proclaiming:  Lord, make us instruments of your Peace.

There have been a number of responses to the message including car horn beeps and hand signals of acceptance as well as looks or rather eyes turned aside  in possible embarassment and/or to avoid confrontation, etc.  To any and all of these passerbys, and to all peoples throughout  the world, we are sending vibes of peace and a hope that all become persons committing to be counter witnesses to violence so prevalent in our world.

The half hour prayer-stand takes place throughout the ending winter snows and rains or in the welcoming warming spring that is upon us at this time of the year.   Our Lenten fasting practice is one that is truly bringing us the blessing of the Lord.




In addition,  the Denville Community  partners with North Jersey Interfaith Cares to respond to the needs of Syrian Refugees who are settling in as vetted refugees arriving from war torn zones.  In the area there are a minimum of 30 families whose needs are being attended to through the coalition.   The latest event that SMIC helped sponsor with donations was on February 24th where  both their ESL skills in “purchasing” was tested while they obtained food, clothing and some household items.