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”!
“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!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.
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!
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.
The 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.
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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!
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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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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!