Jesus is the forerunner in this Lenten Season. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to listen and find inspiration from Lead Me On by St. Anne Catholic Community Choir, Houston, TX. Following Jesus, may we like St. Francis of Assisi, find peace and hope within us.

Franciscan Sisters feature St. Anne Catholic Community Choir Houston, TXAbout Lead Me On

“Lead Me On” by Brian Schmidt is a sung prayer filled with hope for guidance along life’s pilgrimage toward light and peace, filled with trust even in times that may present days of darkness and pain. This anthem is especially appropriate for the Christian journey through Lent, a time, when through prayer, fasting and good works, the Church asks us to collectively turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.

The choir adopted this song as a theme for our pilgrimage to Rome last year and sang at, not only at St. Peter’s Basilica, but at all the churches we visited as we journeyed through Italy. While not speaking directly of this song, Pope Francis captured its sentiment fully in a recent article in America magazine speaking at the tomb of Pope John XXIII: “The life of Blessed John XXIII is a lesson in how obedience and trust in God lead to an interior peace that is naturally recognized by and shared with others.”

-Jim Ross, Director of St. Anne Catholic Community Choirs

Listen to St. Anne’s Community Choir:

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St. Anne Catholic Community Church in liturgical coloringLead me on (3x)

Lord lead me on oh lead me on and guide my path along the way

O lead me on to brighter days where peace is born of hope that lies in me.

Guide me safely through the night that I may see the sun tomorrow and where a new day has begun

O lead me on in time of pain

O Lead me on

And may my heart be always warm because of you.


St. Anne Parish, situated in west central Houson, TX represents every part of this city’s metropolitan area.

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Franciscanized Recipe: No Kneed Easter Bakery

by Sister Sue Ann on April 16, 2014

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Sue Ann Hall shares a no kneed refrigerated dough Easter bakery recipe.

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup warm waterFranciscan Sister Sue Ann makes roles for Easter

2pkg. dry yeast

4 cups flour

1 egg

Scald milk, stir in sugar, salt and margarine.  Cool to lukewarm. Measure warm water into large bowl; sprinkle in yeast and stir until dissolved.  Stir in lukewarm milk mixture, egg & half the flour; beat until smooth.  Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter.  Cover tightly and refrigerate at least two hours.  (Dough may be kept in refrig up to 3 days.) Remove from refrigerator & let rise to double its’ size before shaping it as you desire. (I shape it and then let it rise.)

Bake at 375 degrees 20-30 min. for buns, sweet rolls.  Coffee cakes will take longer.  The bunnies only took 20 min.

BUNNIESFranciscan Sister Sue Ann Hall shares Easter bakery

1 larger ball for body

1 smaller ball for head.

1 very small ball for tail

4 very small rolls:

1 for arm

1 for foot

2 for ears

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In a series of Herald Times Reporter articles on media in education, Benjamin Wideman, Director of Communications at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc, WI,  highlights Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Christine Stoller, teacher of Technology & Media in Education.

 Franciscan Sister Christine Stoller shows digital table to Silver Lake College of the Holy Family student.MANITOWOC — When Sister Christine Stoller was a student at Silver Lake College, her Media in Education course was nothing like it is today.

“We were learning how to use movie projectors in classrooms and how to pin things up on bulletin boards,” she said with a laugh. “One of my majors was in math, and we didn’t even have calculators-we used slide rules.

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This year April 12, 2014 marked our official Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity day of celebrating our being sent to live the Gospel and serve God’s people.

What makes it official?

Franciscan Sisters celebrate their call to live the Gospel and serve God's peopleA missioning prayer service is prayed in each of our local convents (usually in the morning). The ritual is creatively different each year and yet the same. Significant to this year’s prayer was an emphasis on our core values affirmed during our recent Chapter. Sister Natalie Binversie, who took her oath in August 2013 as our Community Director, also signed our missioning cards. We received them with these words:

Local Director: May you live the Gospel joyfully, Sister ________

Sister responds: I will live our Community life and serve God’s people wholeheartedly.

A special mailing arrived at each of our convent homes in preparation for this day. In addition to our individual mission cards, the envelope held the prayer service, the slate that lets us know where everyone else will be missioned and a card listing additional Sisters who pray specifically for each of our local communities as part of their service.

It is a good day for Sisterly conversation as we share with each other the specific way that we are being asked to live the Gospel and serve God’s people for the coming year. It is also a day to be truly grateful for all that has been and will be and to remember lovingly the many people who we are blessed to know in our lives.

What a great way to enter Holy Week.


When Franciscan Sisters Invite WI College Students to the Convent

April 11, 2014

Young women from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family (Manitowoc, WI) joined Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity at Chiara Convent for a recent afternoon of fun, food, and prayer. “Stealing” the gifts was a hit again this year. The students’ smiles and hugs were a sure sign of their appreciation. Our photos document the fun.

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How Do You Meet a Franciscan Sister: UW Green Bay

April 9, 2014

Ever walk into a place and just feel Christ’s words to St. Francis ’rebuild My Church’ come alive once again? This happened for us Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the UW Green Bay Ecumenical Center.  Excited about leading the music at the Sunday evening Eucharist, we arrived in two vans, pulled into two near by parking spots and […]

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Franciscan Parish Revival Includes ValLimar Jansen and Tony McQueen

April 7, 2014

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy and Sister Annette Kurey document in word and image a recent St. Francis of Assisi Parish Revival. “With hands lifted up, we praise you!”  So sang those who came together for “He Touched Me:  A Lenten Revival” at St. Francis parish in Greenwood.  Two evenings of inspiration, […]

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