By Fr. Christopher Kubat
In Omaha I have three sisters: Mary Baker, Barb Tranisi and Eileen Newton; but in Lincoln I have seven: Barb Rupp, Rozee Kloke, Patty Krings, Christy Bousquet, Angie Korus, April Kassebaum and Monica Barber.
My Lincoln sisters are members of North American Martyrs Parish where I currently live in residence. The three sisters in Omaha are my siblings, and the seven in Lincoln are my sisters in the Lord.
Thanks to the Seven Sisters Apostolate, each day, a sister in the Lord spends one hour in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament praying for me and my mission at Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska which includes St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes. To have someone offer a holy hour in front of Jesus truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity is a great source of strength and consolation to me. If you check out the website explaining the apostolate, the first thing you see is the description, “A Seven Sister: One Holy Hour, One Priest, Each Week, One Heart of Prayer.”
The mission statement is: “The Seven Sisters Apostolate is a call to strengthen the Church by ensuring that a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of a specific priest or bishop—a ‘holy wasting’ (cf. Mt. 26:10) or lavishing of prayer for his deeper conformity to Christ.”
The apostolate was started in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and has spread to multiple dioceses across the United States and several other countries. Even St. Paul in his letters asked for prayers. At North American Martyrs Parish, pastor Father Brian Connor and assistant pastor Father Luke Fleck have their own seven sisters. Like me, they are very thankful.
Knowing I am soon moving on to St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings, I invited my sisters to Gianna’s Java & Gelato for some gelato and to thank them for praying for me. Most of the ladies ordered a dish with multiple flavors. I, of course, followed suit and consumed Cherry Mash, Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate Hazelnut, my personal favorite (although Snickers is giving it a run for its money).
If any ladies out there reading this article are interested in starting the Seven Sister’s Apostolate in your parish, please talk to your pastor and together check out the website: sevensistersapostolate.org. Who knows, maybe the priest you adopt will treat you to some delicious gelato, too! I want to thank my seven sisters and to assure them that they too are in my special prayers.