The Daughters of the Cross was founded by Blessed Marie Thérèse Haze in Liège, Belgium in 1833. Today Daughters of the Cross work in Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, and Pakistan. In 1958 four Daughters of the Cross came to Tracy to open St. Bernard's School. Over the years their ministry expanded to Angel's Camp, Lockford, Manteca, San Andreas, and Stockton. Today the sisters work in Manteca, Stockton, and Tracy.
Today four sisters serve in various parish ministries here in Tracy.
“Come Follow Me” … Jesus
Do you feel called to commit your life to God in a religious congregation, a faith-based community? As a Daughter of the Cross, you have the opportunity to do just that! Please contact Sr. Marlene Sylas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocations take many different forms. According to the Second Vatican Council, “The forms and tasks of life are many, but there is one holiness, which is cultivated by all who are led by God’s Spirit.”
A vocation is an invitation. Whoever you are, you have a vocation. All vocations are equally important, since each one is a personal response of love to love. You are unique and irreplaceable in the eyes of your Father in heaven. You are indispensable in the service of your brothers and sisters on earth. Like the trees and the stars, you are called into being, called by the Lord to take your rightful part in the wonderful harmony flowing from the heart of God. This is your chance to make of your life…something wonderful!
According to Constitutions Article 13, “Our vocation, a free gift from God, is a call and a mission. To respond means to commit the whole of our life to God. Our charism, gift of the spirit, for the church, expression of the paschal mystery, has its origin in the Trinitarian life, in the love of God.”
Some people feel the spirit speaking to them, asking them to consider an invitation to serve God by dedicating their whole lives to the service of God and his children by living in a religious congregation, a faith-based community. As vowed Daughters of the Cross we have the opportunity to do just that.
For more information contact: Sr. Marleen Sylas at the convent, or call 209-835-4560 ext. 142.
A Spiritual Director is a ‘trained’/experienced Spiritual Companion providing help which enables you to pay attention to God’s personal communication, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God and to live out the consequences of the relationship.
A Spiritual Companion, listens with compassion, love and kindness as your sacred story unfolds. All sessions are held in confidence and the safe, comfortable setting where you are never asked or required to talk about anything or anyone you are not comfortable disclosing.
What happens in Spiritual Direction?
You talk about what’s on your mind, for instance:
* You have lost the feeling that God is present and it is difficult to pray
* What is happening in your life that separates you from God?
* How is God present or absent in your life?
* How do you know God’s direction for you in this life?
* You have a desire to share your spiritual journey with another.
Spiritual direction sessions are usually 50 minutes and available in St. Bernard’s Convent. There is a donation for each session. That can be discussed between the Companion and the guest.
Sr. Marlene Sylas has been a Daughter of the Cross since 1969. In 2003, she completed Internship in the Art of Spiritual Direction at Mercy Center, Burlingame and has provided spiritual direction since. You may call her at (209) 835 4560 ext. 142 or e-mail her at email@example.com
The most important part of this effort is prayer. Please pray for the recipient of the blanket before you start and while you make the blanket. Patterns and directions are available in the Parish Office.
If you know someone, (adult or child) suffering physically or emotionally, or going through long-term struggles with serious health problems, you can call the Parish Office or Sr. Marlene, and get a healing blanket.
If you feel called to Consecrated Religious Life and want to know more about the Daughters of the Cross, contact Sr. Marlene at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Daughters of the Cross, please go to: www.daughtersofthecross.org.uk
The Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross was founded by Blessed Marie Thérèse Haze in Liège, Belgium in 1833. Her childhood and early womanhood were lived against the political upheaval of the French Revolution in so far as it affected Belgium. She experienced the loss of home, loved ones, and possessions and knew what it was to be poor and displaced, to have nothing. Her only security was in God. It was in contemplating the self-giving of Jesus on the cross that she founded the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross to help suffering humanity. During her lifetime she sent sisters to work in schools, hospitals, prisons, homes for “fallen women,” prisoner rehabilitation centers, to nurse in war zones, to take care of people in their own homes, in fact to do any work she felt the Lord was calling Daughters of the Cross to serve Him.
The Daughters of the Cross in Tracy
Four Daughters of the Cross came to Tracy in 1958 to open St. Bernard’s School with grades 1-3. They were Sr. Mary Peter (Superior), Sr. Ann Gabriel, Sr. Madeleine Louise, and Sr. Mary Assumpta. Unfortunately Sr. Mary Assumpta was only able to stay for a very short time as she became ill and needed to return to England. Sister Mary Laetitia replaced her. As a grade was added each year an additional sister came till there were 8 grades and 9 sisters. Sr. Martin Mary (Mary Lancaster) came next followed a year later by Sr. Mary Eugene. Sr. Maureen O’Brien came in 1969 and Sr. Marlene Jude in 1997.
In 1966 sisters took on catechetical work in the parishes of Angels Camp and San Andreas and lay teachers began to join the school faculty. In 1991 the first lay principal was appointed and just one sister remained on the faculty.
Since 2001 there have been no sisters working in school but we continue to support functions and activities.
The work carried out and the number of sisters have varied over the years and currently there are 4 sisters serving the parish.
Visiting the elderly, homebound, & hospitalized taking them spiritual support & Holy Communion
Training parishioners to participate in this ministry
Organizing special Masses, Anointing of the sick, and
celebrations for seniors
Assisting families arrange funerals & supporting them in their time of grief