St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands reported that a visitor found a ring on the ground there. If a reader has lost a wide gold band, call MARIE, (518) 669-8128....

The Albany Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet donated $5,000 to Heifer International to purchase an "ark" of farm animals for families in need. Heifer provides tools, training, livestock and partnerships to end families' hunger and poverty. The donation supports the Albany Province's focus on ensuring that food is a human right for all....

A "Joshua retreat," based on the popular book series by the late REV. JOSEPH GIRZONE, is scheduled for Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Peter Young Center in Altamont. The cost is $45, including a book and lunch. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/seasonsoflove17 or mail name, phone number and check to The Joshua Foundation, 1071 Joshua Lane, Altamont, NY 12009 by Sept. 22....

SISTER KATHLEEN EGAN, OSB, 102, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, died Aug. 24. A native of Wales who came to the United States in 1927, she served for more than 50 years at Mount St. Scholastica College (which became Benedictine College) as a professor of speech and drama and college librarian. She and her sister, the late EILEEN EGAN (co-founder of Pax Christi USA), were friends of ST. TERESA OF KOLKATA and wrote three books about Mother Teresa. A friend also of DOROTHY DAY, Sister Kathleen started several initiatives for the poor. Survivors include a sister, MABEL GIL of St. Vincent de Paul parish in Albany, who has been profiled repeatedly in The Evangelist for decades of community and political activism (see www.evangelist.org)....

Diocesan communications ­director MARY DETURRIS POUST has published a new booklet, "Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2017-18." The pocket-sized book has daily reflections connecting Scripture readings for the Advent season and beyond with one's personal prayer life. It's available for $2 from Liturgical Press. Call 1-800-858-5450 or see www.litpress.org....

Local Third Order communities of laypeople who follow the spirituality of religious orders are teaming up to sponsor presentations on each of their chapters. Teens and adults are invited to talks Sept. 21 on the Carmelite Third Order, Sept. 28 on the Franciscan Third Order and Oct. 5 on the Dominican Third Order. All will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's  Academy in Hudson. Call Rebecca, (518) 799-5535.