This month’s Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity 20 Something Song is How to Sleep In A Stormy Boat by Amy Speace.  While seasonally weather perfect, it offers comfort in the current of daily life. Look to Jesus as you discern and navigate your future. Be not afraid. (Image: St. Raphael Church, Springfield, OH.)

Saint_Raphael_Catholic_Church_(Springfield,_Ohio)_-_stained_glass,_Jesus_calms_the_storm,_detail“Sally Barris and I got together at her house in Nashville one rainy afternoon a few years back to write a song.  She had the title “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat” and that was all. But it resonated with me as a kind of title for an instructional manual.

I’d learned to sail when I was young and I loved the idea of not just the sea as a metaphor for a churning internal tangle, but the boat itself, the vessel being the metaphor for the body. How to sleep in your own skin when the world around you feels unsteady.  And for both Sally and me, we know that we can’t learn to do this alone but with the help of some kind of ‘higher power’, some spiritual otherness.  I learned this in my meditation practice. That to connect with something outside of my own ego, to still the mind, is the only way to get successfully through any kind of trouble, which life is just gonna bring no matter how balanced and healthy you are.”

-Amy Speace

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About Amy Speace

Franciscan Sisters feature Amy SpeaceBaltimore–born singer- songwriter Speace started her creative career out in the theater. She studied classical acting in NYC after graduating with high honors from Amherst College and spent a few years carving out a life spent rushing from lower east side theater rehearsals to film and commercial auditions to many support jobs which ranged from legal secretary to personal assistant for actress/singer Lainie Kazan. After a spectacular breakup with a boy in a rock band, she bought a cheap guitar and started putting her poetry to music and began appearing at local folk clubs like The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room.

She was discovered by Judy Collins in 2005, releasing her debut in 2006 on Collins’ Wildflower Records, “Songs For Bright Street” to rave reviews.  “The Killer In Me” was released in 2009 with NPR comparing her ta young Lucinda Williams.  She moved to Nashville from NYC in 2009, releasing “Land Like A Bird” on Thirty Tigers. Her song “The Weight of theWorld”, which Judy Collins has called “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard” was named as the #4 Folk Song of the Decade by NYC’s premiere AAA radio station WFUV.

In 2013, she received the best reviews of her career with”How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” a song cycle inspired by Shakespearean characters, winning 4 stars from Mojo Magazine and a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.   Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Hall of Fame blues artist Sid Selvidge and others. (Photo credit: Stacie Huckaba, Nashville TN)


Tour dates

  • 8/ 5-6 Songwriting/Performing Workshop @ The Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO.
  • 8/6 CONCERT @ The Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO
  •  8/9 7pm CONCERT Denver, CO – Bauer’s Listening Lounge, 1512 Curtis Street, Denver CO.
  • 8/10-8/15 Lyons, CO. The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School and Festival
  • 9/8 9pm  Nashville, TN. The Bluebird Café
  • 9/10 8pm Austin, TX – Rock Room Concerts
  • 9/11 7pm Dallas, TX – Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse
  • 10/29-11/1 Songwriter’s Retreat Workshop in Ashland, City TN.  To sign up:
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Franciscan Sisters Guests of Manitowoc Serrans

by Sister Julie Ann on July 29, 2015

Although Franciscan Sisters of Christian hold many good memories of a summer gathering with the Manitowoc Serrans, this year was different. The location of camaraderie was changed. Weather is no longer a problem. The event was moved inside. The date was also changed. Once held in August, July is the new normal. More of our Sisters, some serving in other locations far from Manitowoc, were happy to partake in the fun.

Franciscan Sisters at Serra Picnic Plus 131A delicious picnic food menu was served at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Social Hall on Grand Avenue. There were plenty of chairs for all the Sisters, priests, brothers and seminarians in the crowd.

The tradition continues with a strong spirit of support for all the vocations serving together in our Catholic Church. As part of their own vocation initiatives, Serrans invited Roncalli High School La Sallian youth to assist with hospitality.

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Franciscan Sister Elizabeth Benvie reports on Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora’s recent surprise Wisconsin Licentiate party.

On June 15, Sister Marie Kolbe defended her thesis Franciscan Sister Marie Kolbe Licentiate Partyentitled: “Ecclesiological Elements in the Early Theology of St. Bonaventure” in Rome, Italy. Then on July 7 she presented the published copy of her thesis and received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology Summa Cum Laude from the Gregorian Institute in Rome, Italy.

The Sisters at Chiara convent surprised Sister Marie Kolbe with a special dinner on Sunday, July 12. She was especially surprised to be surrounded by her step sister Barry and family from Houston, Texas, former students, friends, Dr. Chris Domes and his wife Mary, as well as the Sisters from the General Administration and Sisters from local community.

Sisters Christine Stoller and Margaret Ann Wallander prepared a meal fit for royalty!


Franciscan Sisters Summer Discernment Retreat Invitation

by Sister Julie Ann on July 25, 2015

Are you a young Catholic woman in need of some summer inner peace to consider a call to be a Franciscan Sister? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to join some of our Sisters in retreat August 9-14, 2015 at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI. Come for 1-4 days as your own schedule allows.

The theme is ‘Make us Instruments of Peace: Reflections on the Peace Prayer’. Expect to be centered on the popular and well-loved Peace Prayer. Storytelling and humor bring to life the message of Jesus’ words to us, his disciples today.

Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM leads this retreat which includes opportunities for Eucharist, Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other communal prayer. Special times will be arranged for conversations with our Sisters not on retreat so that you also gain insight into the unique personalities and communal nature of our congregation.  Click here to register.


Franciscan Sisters Welcome Sheboygan Postulant

July 23, 2015

On the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mary Bettag from Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish, Sheboygan, WI, began another step in her call to be a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity. Our whole Community celebrated her completion of all requirements to enter the Postulancy. What joyous news! The simple ritual of calling forth and a blessing took place at 4:45 […]

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Franciscan Sisters Own Summer Heritage Tours

July 21, 2015

This summer Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity hosted our own Heritage Tours for Community members and our Motherhouse employees and their families. Archivist Sister Caritas Strodthoff and special event planner Sister Anne Turba researched our past Sisters’ annals and organized not only inside, but outside scenes to grow in appreciation of our precious Community history. In the oldest cemetery some of […]

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