Life is filled with good lingering summer memories! Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Mary Ann Spanjers comments on the unforgettable experience of meeting many young adults at the July 2014 Diocese of Galveston Houston Café Catholica. She also highlights interviews for the Diocesan Radio Ministry in English and Spanish with Madeline Johnson and Sergio Castillo .

Café Catholica with Cardinal DiNardo

Praying with the 900 young adults during the Eucharist at Café Catholica was in itself inspiring; listening , with them, to Cardinal DiNardo’s presentation on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “The Joy of the Gospel” deepened this experience of being called to be “sent”!  
Franciscan Sisters were among the crowd at Cafe Catholica Diocese of Houston

“The more one senses one’s call, the more personal one will become, because you will see yourself in relation to Jesus.”  The Cardinal went on to stress the message of Pope Francis that the Poor are central to the Gospel, citing Luke 14, the rich man’s sin was being unaware of Lazarus. We are called to be attentive to the people in our lives, especially those who are overlooked. Who do we notice? 
We are called to evangelize by encouraging each other!Franciscan Sisters meet Cardinal DiNardo
Radio Interviews

The radio Interview was also an enlivening experience! Sharing about our Franciscan call to be attentive to the needs of our Church and our world today is at the core of Franciscan life. Franciscan Sisters interviewed for Diocese of Houston Radio Ministry

Young women whom Jesus is calling to join us bring the gifts God has given to them for the good of the Church! As Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity we trust the Holy Spirit to guide us in developing these gifts and discovering how we, as Sisters, are able to touch God’s people in unique ways by being ourselves, members of a Franciscan Community, where we are never alone!

Franciscan Sisters at Diocese of Galveston Houston Chancery



Franciscan Sisters Walk for Dear Life

by Sister Julie Ann on August 18, 2014

There are many good reasons to take a walk. Supporting Manitowoc’s The Crossing, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity joined others ‘walking for life’ on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Franciscan Sisters walk for life to support The Crossing Manitowoc WIThe Crossing opened in February of 2006 after more than a year of preparation, to provide help to the men, women and children caught in the distress of unplanned pregnancy.

It has an important mission.  It provides pregnancy support services dedicated to upholding the dignity of every human life by reaching out to people who are or could be affected by unexpected pregnancy with Spiritual, physical and material needs through free counseling, support services and education.

Read more. Join us in helping the most vulnerable. Franciscan Sisters walk for life at Lake Michigan trail for The Crossing Manitowoc WI

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7 Quick Takes Friday: Franciscan Sisters August Highlights

by Sister Julie Ann on August 15, 2014

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Looking for a delightful, yet meaningful summer tune? This August Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to be enlightened and enjoy the free download On the Road to Human Being by Kerry Patrick Clark. Click here. Celebrate with Mary today her Assumption into heaven! This event points to the fact that the best of our humanity is yet to come! Amen!Kerry Patrick Clark

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Pope Francis desires to wake up the world to God with a focus on Consecrated Life. Anticipating this special year, Franciscan Sister Elena Gonzales invites a reflective response in sharing Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel’s Perpetual Profession of Vows. Franciscan Sister Pamela Catherine Professes Perpetual Vows Please click here Director Sister Natalie Binversie also shares her August 2 the Feast of the Portiuncula (the little church where St. Francis heard his vocation call to ‘rebuild My Church) congratulatory greetings to Sister Pamela Catherine. Click here for more coverage of this joyful Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebration. Franciscan Sister Pamela Catherine professes her perpetual vows on the feast of the Portiuncula

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Summer is often showered with bridal parties. Franciscan Sisters hosted a reception for Sister Pamela Catherine the night before the day of Perpetual Vows. Follow this link to view more pictures of this event. Franciscan Bridal Shower Bride

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At this time Franciscan Sister Caritas Strodthoff opens a monarch nursery every year. (The nursery is a recycled fish tank. It works!) Read more about this life-giving hobby. Franciscan Sisters watch Monarch take flight

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Hungry? August calls for ‘grill time’ recipes. Click here to find Sister Sarah Bertler’s Asian Pork Chop Recipe served with Spring Rolls. Franciscanized Asian Pork Chops

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Ever watched a musician who is a band all onto himself playing just one instrument? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were awed seeing Austin solist Paul Finley’s two-handed guitar playing that imitated keyboard and drum-like melodies as well as created fast-fingered beautiful string sounds. The best part is that we saw Paul live in Waukesha, WI. Read more here. Paul Finley performs in Waukesha WI

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With back to school messaging everywhere, are you feeling like God may be calling you to another level in His relationship with you? We invite you to consider Franciscan life. If a conversation with some Franciscan Sisters would help you in discerning God’s will for you, please contact us here. We are happy to help you and ever promise our prayers for you and your loved ones.

Our own Franciscan Sisters are reaching out in new areas of service. Read about new initiatives to God’s people: Sierra Vista, AZ and Mound Bayou, MS. Blessings on all our relationships now and always!


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3 Podcasts on Life Inside Franciscan Sisters’ Convent

by Sister Julie Ann on August 14, 2014

Desiring to know what life inside the convent could be like?  HTR Media (Manitowoc, WI) videographer Sarah Kloepping offers 3 podcasts on the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Learn about our history, see what a typical day might include and view some moments of Camp Franciscan, an opportunity to experience life with us at our Motherhouse (Holy Family Convent) drawing campers from other parts of the country .

Click here to view the videos. You’ll want to watch each one!

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse in Manitowoc WI


Franciscan Sisters Team Begins Leadership of St. Gabriel Mercy Center Mound Bayou MS

August 13, 2014

Read article from Bolivar Medical Center website regarding Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s new beginnings at St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou, MS. Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo, Sister Mary Beth Kornely and Sister Judanne Stratman are sent to begin this new Community ministry.  At the end of August, Sister Donald Mary Lynch, executive director at St. Gabriel […]

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Our Franciscan Monarch Nursery Report

August 13, 2014

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Caritas Strodthoff opens a monarch nursery every year. (The nursery is a recycled fish tank. It works!) Some of our newest babies  include Bessie Sue, Tootsie Rose, Hallie Mary, Heinrich John and Beautiful Winger.   Millie Louise hatched and is shown here hanging in a  chrysalis. She’s the one in the form of a “J”. Notice […]

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