Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to read more about a significant day in the lives of the people that make up All Saints Catholic School, Sierra Vista. Sister Carol Seidl, principal, tells the history of how this school became debt-free on her blog Sierra Vista Sister-Franciscan.

September 30th, 2009 a mortgage was taken out through the Catholic Order of Foresters by Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Sierra Vista and it was finally paid off on October 20, 2014 and the burning of the mortgage happened on November 16, 2014!

Franciscan Sister present for burning of morgage of All Saints School Sierra Vista AZ

Here is the story with a happy ending!

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Francis Alert: See St. Francis Cherished Documents in NY

by Sister Julie Ann on November 20, 2014

With St. Francis of Assisi’s 13th and 14th century manuscripts at the United Nations, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are excited that others in this country are able to be near documents never before seen outside of Italy. We are certain the intercession of St. Francis will be felt at this time in history, especially with the coming personal visit of Pope Francis to the U.S.. (Talk about another blessing and showering of graces for our country as we pray this year for families and for young men and women to respond to the call of Consecrated Life!)

For those who know Italian, or just enjoy watching a striking, contrasting view of life, this brief podcast is a great announcement of St. Francis coming to New York!



Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie shares good news of the recent Sisters’ Assembly organized by the FSCC Sponsored Ministries Inc. Office. A portion of her talk Sponsorship-Yesterday, Today and the Future is also attached.

Good morning! This past weekend we had a blessed experience with the Sisters who minister in our sponsored entities.

Franciscan Sister Laura Wolf and Sister Natalie Binversie lead Sponsorship Sisters AssemblySister Roberta Doneth, O.S.F., a Tiffin Franciscan, was our guest speaker who presented insights on “Dealing with aging, diminishment – becoming a wise woman.”

Sister Laura also gave an excellent PowerPoint presentation on Sponsor Presence Representatives.

I spoke on Sponsorship – Yesterday, Today and the Future.

There have been requests to have my talk available to the Community.  You will find it attached.

I want to especially thank Sister Laura, Sister Louise and Sister Martin who did much to organize the weekend.

A special thank you to all the Sisters who have ministered in any way in our sponsored entities over the years.

Thank you to every Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity – Everyone is a witness to Living the Gospel in Joy and Serving God’s People.

Each Sister represents the Community, place of ministry and the Church. God is with us.

Sponsorship-Yesterday, Today and the Future

Franciscan-Sister-Consecrated-Life-includes-service-to-poor-and-sufferingSponsorship begins in a call to serve and a heartfelt response to that call. From a call marked by God’s urging and recognition of need, responses have taken form in service to those in need. The original responses were most often carried out by individuals or small groups. We know this to be true from our own history. Teresa Gramlich said yes to the request of Father Joseph Fessler to teach catechism in Clarks Mills. Others joined her and thus the ministry of education began in our Congregation. We know that leadership in our Community responded to the needs of the time, meeting the demands of educational requirements. Thus Holy Family College was established to insure that the Sisters were well prepared when they went into the classroom. In time the doors were open to educating lay women for ministry in nursing and in education and eventually the College responded to the broader community and became co-ed.

Our roots of health care ministry in Manitowoc go back to the 12-bed St. Mary’s Hospital in 1881. After this hospital closed in 1888 the need for a hospital grew with developing industry and increased population. Mother Alexia was approached. After being told of the need she was asked to consider building a hospital. And we know the rest of the story of how our Sisters worked to raise funds to build and furnish hospitals not only in Manitowoc, but in Zanesville and in West Point. Later Kaukauna would be a part of our health care service….and of course, we cannot forget St. Rita Health Center and Holy Family Health Clinic.

Franciscan Sister Christine Stoller shows digital table to Silver Lake College of the Holy Family student.Sponsorship had a natural beginning without our Sisters knowing it. These ministries of education and health care were characterized by the presence of our Sisters in every aspect of the organization from administration to nursing and teaching and other forms of service. As such, no one really questioned who owned and operated the hospitals/health care facilities or the College. We did, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. We had direct ownership of the property and active presence of many Sisters on staff in our healthcare facilities and in Holy Family College. In a sense the sponsored organizations operated as though it were a family business. The Sisters served as owners, trustees and executive leaders.

Time passed and changes happened and we as a congregation were also affected.

As health care needs increased and health care methods became more sophisticated, the organizations grew and developed. This was true in the institutions of education as well. Cultural, ecclesial, educational and medical trends in the 1960’s led to profound changes in religious communities, ministries and the leadership within these ministries. The ministry of health care in particular became increasingly complex and difficult and required additional professionals to lead it. The Second Vatican Council affirmed the important role of the laity in the life of the church and recognized that there is one universal call to holiness that is received by all persons through Baptism. This change in thinking opened the doors for more laypersons to become involved…

FranciscanSister Shirley serving as sponsor presence at Holy Family Memorial











On this November, 17, 2014 Feast of Secular Franciscan St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Franciscan Sister Kathleen Murphy continues a series of posts on the U.S. Bishops Document on Agricultural issues.

As the season of harvest rolls around, let us continue our look at the U.S. Bishops’ document on agricultural issues. We have had a generalFranciscan St. Elizabeth of Hungary overview of their thoughts and gotten an idea of the focus groups addressed by this document. Now what do the Bishops have to say?

For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food states: “U.S. agriculture has demonstrated remarkable productivity and quality, thanks to the hard work, skills, and sacrifices of farmers and farmworkers. U.S. agriculture has given Americans and the world plentiful food, fiber, and other products at affordable prices. However, we live in a world where many are still hungry. We live in a nation where many family farmers are still struggling and where many have lost farms in recent decades. We live in a society where many farmworkers are still denied the opportunity to live a decent life.

We are also facing new challenges: for example, fewer people are making important decisions that affect far more people than in the past. These choices have serious moral implications and human consequences. These forces are pushing some ahead and leaving others behind. They are also pushing us toward a world where the powerful can take advantage of the weak, where large institutions and corporations can overwhelm smaller structures, and where the production and distribution of food and the protection of land lie in fewer hands.

Franciscan Sisters and guests gather around the dinner tableWith these reflections, we offer brief summaries of trends and relevant statistics. They focus more on problems than progress, more on human costs than economic achievements, more on who is left behind than on who is moving ahead. Beyond the numbers are images and contrasts that haunt us.

We know U.S. agriculture is changing in so many ways, but farmers still depend on whether it rains and on other forces of nature.

We are urged to eat foods that promote health, but most of us never think about the health and safety of those who harvest those fruits and vegetables.

We have learned that more than half of the coffee industry’s permanent labor force in Central America has lost their jobs as world coffee prices plummeted.

We celebrate the hard work and sacrifice of so many farm families and the traditional community values in rural towns. However, many of us do not realize how these virtues and values are threatened by powerful economic interests that make it more and more difficult for smaller farms and communities to survive and thrive.

These are areas which merit our study and prayer. At the next meal we eat, will we think of those who worked and perhaps even suffered to bring our food before us?



Franciscan Sisters Invite You to ‘Holy and Whole Women Day’

November 15, 2014

It is not too early to begin thinking about a special invitation. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity would like you to save a date! Young, single women ages 12-30 are invited for a ‘Holy and Whole Women Day’ of reflection January 3, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Holy Family Convent with their Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, […]

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Franciscan Life in Mound Bayou

November 13, 2014

In the first months of living at a new mission site, Franciscan Sister Mary Beth Kornely shares about life in Mound Bayou, MS. Life continues to unfold for Sisters Monica Mary De Quardo, Judanne Stratman and Mary Beth Kornely. We are beginning to settle into what we are doing, recognizing more people that cross our […]

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