Prayers for the Phillies: Sisters of Saint Francis root for a World Series win

ASTON, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “Acknowledge that we’re not trying so hard to win a game as we’re trying to win the series,” Sister Kate O’Donnell, OSF, said during a special prayer for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sister O’Donnell has been a Sister of Saint Francis for 57 years. In that time she has seen two wins at the Philadelphia World Series. This week she hopes to make it three.

“I think it’s a good idea to pray all the time, whether the Phillies are playing or not,” she said. “But I especially think we need to pray really hard over the next few days.”

The Phillies craze hit the monastery of Our Lady of Angels early in the postseason. Sisters and lay workers wore their favorite clothes and decorated their offices. Gradually, a statue of St. Francis would begin collecting a full outfit of Phillies memorabilia.

“As part of who we are as Franciscans, we tend to have a very joyful spirit and we like to celebrate life and the good things,” said Sister Debbie Krist, OSF. “And that brings us all together.”

The whole building enjoyed guessing contests and praying for Phillies as a group. They even seemed to convince a Yankees fan to join them.

“After watching the game last night, I thought maybe it would help if a Yankees fan put on a Phillies uniform and gave them good luck,” said Sister Karen Pourby, OSF. “So I could say, ‘Go Phillies!'”

When the sisters are not celebrating their sports teams, they are living the mantra of their ministry.

“The Mission of the Sisters of St. Francis calls us to reach out to the poor, women and the underserved,” Sister O’Donnell said. “Some of our sisters are still teaching, some of them are also nurses. But fun is also a very important part of our lives.”

Win or lose, the sisters hope this sense of joy and community will continue in the Philadelphia area for many years to come.

To learn more about the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia, visit their website.

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