What’s Christmas without an image of St. Francis and the Nativity! Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity highlight Caravaggio’s dramatic painting ‘ the Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. This artwork was actually stolen in October 1969 from the church of San Lorenzo in Palermo. Some think that Caravaggio “associated the idea of advent of Christ not with the joy of Redemption, but with a future that was at best uncertain”.
Here’s an explanation of the painting: “Under the roof of the stable in Bethlehem, whose side walls are disappearing into brownish darkness, shepherds and saints gathered to worship the newborn Christ-child in such a way that we can make out Archdeacon Lawrence on the left only after a second look, and viewers may well mistake St Francis for a shepherd. One figure, the patron, represents the church for which the picture was intended, and the other, the Order to which the church belongs. We cannot be entirely sure who Joseph, the foster-father, is.
The center of the picture is shared out between the figures who have come to worship. The naked Christ-child lies there on a bed of straw and some white drapery. Exhausted, the Holy Virgin is crouching on the ground behind him – wearing an unusually cut dress, which is falling from her right shoulder – looking at the child. The ox, which appears behind St Lawrence, is also looking in that direction. Above all this, an angel is flying down from heaven. In his left hand he is holding a banner on which the words of the gloria are written. His right hand is pointing upwards, as if, by also looking at the baby, he wanted to reassure the Christ-child that he really is the Son of God.” (Wikipedia)
Once a Philosophy teacher at Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity-sponsored Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay and pastor of Green Bay’s Resurrection Parish, Robert F. Morneau was invited back to his academic home for an honorary degree. SLC President Dr. Chris E. Domes presented a framed statement acknowledging Bishop Bob’s accomplishments and the Franciscan school’s pride in his life-long witness.
Bishop Bob received the traditional academic hood in SLC colors. This medieval clothing addition appropriately knighted him a Franciscan hero. Ordained an auxiliary bishop in 1979, he was the first priest to be made a bishop under then Pope John Paul II. He served as United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Chairman of the Laity Committee and has helped to make stewardship a Catholic household word through extensive travel and talks throughout the country.
Remembered well for his 3 point comments and concretized acronyms, Bishop not only likes to quote literary greats, but is a published poet and author. Among his personal works are: The Color of Gratitude, A Splash of Sunshine, Notes of Thanksgiving and Embracing a Generous Life.
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Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Jane Kinate reminisces about her call to Franciscan Consecrated Life.
The first time I told someone that I was going to be a Sister was when I was five years old. It was summertime and my parents were getting ready for Dad’s aunt, Sister Alphonse Kinateder CSA, to visit us in Wrightstown. She could not come into our home so there was a lot of activity getting things ready outdoors and keeping five children ages 1-6 out of trouble. When Sister arrived, she asked me in a heavy German accent what I was going to be when I grew up. I told her a Sister. I honestly don’t think I realized then how that response would shape my life.
I am the second oldest of 10 children. My older sister celebrated her Golden Jubilee last year and I have four younger sisters and four younger brothers. Although the family later moved at the end of my freshman year, home for me will always be the big house along the Fox River in rural De Pere. Mom and Dad played, worked and prayed with us. Many baseball games were played in the “circle.” After supper we knelt down and prayed the rosary together. Visiting the cemetery in East Wrightstown where Grandfather Kinate was buried and praying for him is etched in my mind. Even if we did not stop there, we always prayed for him as we drove by. We attended church and school at St. Paul in Wrightstown.
The Sisters at St. Paul had a big impact on my life as a student and more importantly thinking about becoming a sister. They were so joy-filled and there seemed to be no limit about what they could do. Helping Sister after school gave us the opportunity to realize that they were ordinary people. The stories they must have heard! But they taught us that God loved us and had plans for each of us. For me that was to enter the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, WI.
High school at the Motherhouse was a happy experience. I did not suffer the homesickness of my older sister. How could I? Nancy was in school with me just like at home! The library in the Motherhouse was a marvelous place. The aspirants prayed in St. Francis Chapel and I loved it. There was much to discern about life and more importantly what God’s call meant for me. Was I really called to serve Him as a woman religious? As a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity?
These fifty years have been so grace-filled. The challenge has always been to ask God what He wanted of me instead of me telling Him what I wanted. There is no concern about the future because God is already there. The marvelous Sisters I have lived with deepened my faith and commitment. The people I have met along the way have taught me how much God loves me. Have I done the same for them?
Franciscan Sister Jane on Jubilee day
Franciscan Sister Jane’s family
Franciscan Sister Jane’s family today
Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Jerianne Stelmach shares a festive snack mix anticipating the Feast of the Incarnation, a feast of celebrating the abundant goodness of God. This recipe is perfect for large groups of guests. If you would like to serve something just a little bit different, with a dash of color and a great salty, sweet taste, this might be your home-y recipe. Save it for campus housing gatherings in the new year.
8 cups Small pretzels
2 cups Dry Roasted Peanuts
1 1/2 cups Dry Roasted Almonds
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter Blend
1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 12 oz pkg M&M’s
2 cups Pecans, cut in 1/2
2 cups Walnuts, cut in 1/2
Method of Preparation:
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees and grease 2 18×36 large pans.
- In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, peanuts, almonds, pecans and walnuts. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter blend and corn syrup.
- Bring to boil and boil for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and the baking soda.
- The mixture will foam. Pour over pretzel/nut mixture and stir until coated.
- Pour this mixture into greased pans and bake for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes.
- Take out of oven and pour unto paper to dry.
- While drying sprinkle M&M’s and gently mix through.
- Cool snack mix and store in airtight containers.