As we prepare for Holy Week, Franciscan Sister Kathleen Murphy reflects on U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Document For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food.

The USCCB document, For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food, as we have seen, does not just deal with the challenge of hunger here and around the world. Rather it takes in the sweep of agricultural issues ranging from justice for farm owners and workers, to ecological implications, to economic issues of the market and globalization of the food industry.

Franciscan Sisters at St. Theresa Kekaha HI

The bishops write eloquently about the needs of farmworkers. They discuss economic as well as physical hardships endured by this group. They also speak of the need for immigration issues to be settled justly for these workers.
Next, the text takes a more global bent and considers trade and economics both in and beyond our country. Let us consider the bishops’ message:  “Food aid is an essential response to people who do not have access to adequate food. We encourage more affluent nations, including the United States, … to focus their aid on meeting the needs of hungry people. Food aid should not be a means for developed nations to dispose of surplus commodities, create new markets for agricultural products, displace local food production, or distort world food prices. Food aid programs should not foster dependency among recipient countries and should be designed in ways that advance broader food security strategies for poor nations. The governments of developing nations have an obligation to do everything reasonably possible to overcome hunger. This requires promoting agricultural development, curbing corruption, and ensuring that food aid actually goes to the hungry. “
hunger_in_americaThe idea of the “haves” aiding the “have-nots” is inbuilt in our Christian life. Yet, there are many implications to this seemingly charitable action. The text continues: “The decision to accept food aid has been complicated by the development of new technologies that alter the genetic make-up of some grains and other foods. Because some of the world’s developed nations will not trade with countries whose goods are genetically altered, accepting genetically modified food aid may jeopardize a poor country’s access to important markets. If genetically altered seeds from food aid are accidentally planted, a country’s crops may become genetically altered and may no longer be accepted by some trading partners. Donors should fully inform developing countries when food aid contains genetically modified crops.
It may be helpful to read the more detailed text of the document itself on these topics. You can find the document on the USCCB website. Knowledge informs our prayer and our stance for justice.

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Franciscan Sisters Offer More Than Blessing at Abbey Fest

by Sister Julie Ann on March 25, 2015

Our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serving at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Greenwood, MS distributed vocation chaplets and blessed Abbey Fest participants numbering 4,500 on March 21, 2015 in Covington, LA. We are grateful to our Sisters for representing us, but more importantly for being one of us.Franciscan Sisters Vocation Chaplet

Vocation Chaplet

The Vocation Chaplet, made by many Sisters’ hands,  included the Sign of the Cross, Prayers for our Holy Father (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be) and these intentions:

Praise be my Lord for those called to be Married and for families that they may be united in one heart and one soul…Hail Mary

Praise be my Lord for those called to be Consecrated religious that they may joyfully wake up the world…Hail Mary

Praise be my Lord for those called to be Single that they might live out their call expressing their Christian identity in the midst of the busy world…Hail Mary

Praised be my Lord for those called to be priests and deacons that they may find their joy in bringing and being Jesus to His people in Word, Sacrament and Healing…Hail Mary

Praise be my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (Do the gesture of the cross made on the forehead, lips and heart using the chaplet.)

Mississippi Sisters Blog and Video

You will want to check out our Mississiippi Sisters Blog for more about their journey to Covington. Click here. You’ll find many great pictures.

Videographer Sister Elena Gonzales also offers a podcast capturing the thrill of the day’s activities.

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During this Year of Consecrated Life, Franciscan Sister June Smith shares her thoughts on Consecrated Life.

Franciscan-Sister-JuneAs consecrated religious, we are unique gifts to the Church. The Church’s mission is to proclaim the Good News, set captives free, and give sight to the blind. We carry out the Church’s mission by living the vows of poverty (our treasure is God), chastity (our heart is undivided), and obedience (our will is God’s will).

As Sisters we have the opportunity to make an annual five-day retreat. Every year we receive an assignment and through that obedience, we challenge ourselves to walk in the steps of Christ. Our habit is also a sign of our consecration.

The most important part of our day is being present at the Eucharist. At the Eucharist we receive the strength and energy to live out our consecrated lives. Our consecrated life is one continuous conversion into being Christ to one another and to the world. Our Franciscan community meets once a month to renew our goals set out at the beginning of the year.

Consider our next Franciscan Sister Vocation Discernment Retreat. Click here.

Young women experienced a Marian Vocation Retreat with Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

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Franciscan Spring Break Quilting Party

by Sister Julie Ann on March 21, 2015

During Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity-sponsored Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Spring Break, some of our Sisters, International Sister Students and a young woman from China also attending SLC, joined a group of quilters in St. Anna, WI.

Franciscan Sisters and all at quilting adventure

Here women get together twice a week during the months of January, February and March at the home of Lydia and Ken Turba, parents of our Sister Elaine Turba,  to work on these hand-made items. When completed,  the warm bundles are shipped through the Salvatorian Warehouse, St. Nazianz, WI to places of need throughout the world.

It was good to be part of a ministry that women have been doing in church groups for almost two centuries. A supportive sharing of conversation and handiwork, it is also a practical way of responding to real need.


Franciscan Sisters Make Austin Texas Area Vocation Outreach

March 19, 2015

Recently, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity not only responded to an invitation to meet Texas State students at Our Lady of Holy Wisdom Parish, San Marcos, TX, but visited other significant Austin area Catholics. (Believe it or not, we actually receive quite a few internet visitors on our ‘We Invite You’ page from this part of the country.) It […]

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Franciscanized Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Lemon

March 17, 2015

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Sarah Bertler suggests this Roasted Chicken with Lemon (impressive but easy!) recipe for university students or anyone on a limited budget. Set a timer and study while the chicken roasts. Ingredients 1 (5 to 6-pound) roasting chicken Kosher salt or sea salt or regular salt Freshly ground black pepper or regular […]

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