Looking for music that encourages action in decision-making?  Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s free July song is Shellee Coley’s To the Water. Grateful for the blessing of hope, this lyrical prayer calls for sensitivity to the graces of refreshment and healing in our lives.

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I wrote “To The Water” after reading a book called Anam Cara by John O’Donohue.  There was a section in the book on water and the connectivity it brings to one’s faith.  So may times in faith based music, we hear of people going to water for comfort, cleansing, questions, answers and new life.  Water is symbolic in almost every major religion and I just wanted to capture the fluidity and vastness of it’s meaning and symbolism in this song.  It is by far one of my favorite songs I have ever written and recorded.  I hope listeners will step into it and feel as if they have experiences a moment of healing and cleansing.

-Shellee Coley

To enjoy the free song, click here to download the music.

About Shellee Coley

Franciscan Sisters July feature Shellee ColeyShellee has been pursuing music most of her life in one way or another.  She attended college at Belmont University in Nashville and got her start as a writer there, but it wasn’t until after having two children, that she really began to pursuing her career as an artist. Since 2009, she’s put out 3 studio projects with Jeffery Armstreet of Magnolia Red/ Red Tree Studios.  She’s played shows with such prominent artists as James McCartney, Teri Hendrix, Susan Gibson, Gretchen Peters, Greg Laswell and Karla Bonoff.

Since 2012 she’s been working with young songwriters, doing camps and private classes with Real Life Real Music, as well as her own company called Circle Sessions, mentoring young women in their creative endeavors. In the past two years she has spent most of her time playing regionally, but also toured through Tennessee, North Carolina and up the East Coast, having the wonderful privilege of opening for Mark Germino at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as being one of the featured supporting songwriters at the 2014 Dripping Springs Songwriter’s Festival.  She is currently working on a new single, with an EP slated to follow in late 2015. (Photo by Trish Badger)





OFFICIAL VIDEO: Conversations with Z LATEST PROJECT RELEASE:  SONGS WITHOUT BRIDGES Explanation of Acoustic Project: LATEST SINGLE: To the Water LIVE PERFORMANCE LINKS: Live at The Kessler Theatre, Dallas, Tx Live at KPFT, Houston, Tx Live at Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, Tx

PRESS AND REVIEWS: Houston Press Review of “Songs Without Bridges” http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2014/06/songs_without_bridges.php Space City Rock Review of “Songs Without Bridges” http://www.spacecityrock.com/2014/11/06/shellee-coley-songs-without-bridges/ Billboard Spotlight Interview http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/489316/spotlight-wait-is-over-for-shellee-coley Review of Previoust Album, “Where it Began” http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/shellee-coley-%E2%80%93-where-it-began/


Congratulations to our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Jubilarians celebrating 60 years of vowed commitment!Sister Alexandra Bettinardi, Sister Barbara Belinski, Sister Colleen Sweeting, Sister Marcelyn Gervais, Sister Mary Carol Kopecky, Sister Mary Edith Schimpf, Sister Mary Wilma Trottier, Sister Patrice Walsh, Sister Patrici Gallitz, Sister Stephen Marie Luebbert and Sister Winifred Crevier, “thank you for the blessing each of you are to the Community and to the Church.”

At a special Sunday morning breakfast meal, Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie continued her comments by explaining the Sisters’ group title that they selected as Novices. Franciscan Sisters Diamond Jubilarians

“You are “Petals of the Mystical Rose.” The definition of a petal according to Webster is “outspread, any of the leaf like parts of a blossom.” Mystical means “spiritually significant or symbolic.” As an individual you represent a petal. You heard God’s call to follow Him and responded to the graces that nurtured your vocation to spread the Gospel message. Together you form the Mystical Rose. Each of you contribute to the beauty of the rose by having lived a life of faith in Community these 60 years, sharing your gifts and talents for the good of others, leading them to faith in God and knowing God’s healing graces.

The 11 of you celebrating today are joined in a spiritual, mystical way with five members of your group who have completed their earthly journey having contributed to the beauty of the Mystical Rose. Sister Mary Elizabeth Noll (1961), Sister Mary Alice Vande Yacht (1985), Sister Jovita Martinez (2000), Sister Mary Henry Brooks (2009) and Sister Henrietta Means (2013) fulfilled all that God called them to be and do. We ask them to intercede for us as we live out our lives in faithfulness. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.”


Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie comments on being present recently for Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora’s  Doctoral Defense in Rome.

Franciscan Sister Marie Kolbe explaining dissertationSister Marie Kolbe defended her thesis, “Ecclesiological Elements in the Early Theology of St. Bonaventure,” on June 15, 2015.

She gave an impressive defense earning Suma Cum Laude and the permission to publish the whole dissertation.

Franciscan Sister's dissertation panel

Sister Marie Kolbe will need to publish at least a part of the dissertation to complete the degree and return home.

It was evident that the whole Community has been behind this work.  Thank you for your prayerful support.

Franciscan Sisters at Dissertation meal

Sister Marie Kolbe is extremely appreciative as well!  She will be returning home on July 10th.

The four of us (Sister Natalie Binversie, Sister Louise Hembrecht, Sister Laura Wolf and Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora) were privileged to attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass in St. Peter’s on Sunday, June 14th.

We were in the Square for the Angelus so we bring you greetings and blessings from our Holy Father, Pope Francis!

Franciscan Sister Natalie and Sister Louise and Sister Laura in Rome for Angelus


Wondering if our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity encourage young men pursuing diocesan priesthood by our words and prayers? We certainly do. Here’s another example of our prayerful support and pride in the men God is calling to serve him today.

Franciscan Sister Sharon and SeminariansRecently, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton celebrated the 10:30 Mass at St. Benedict’s Church, Cambridge, OH. He accepted one of two Seminarians from the Parish into Candidancy.  Another young man will be leaving in July to study in Rome.  He graduated from the Josephinum College in May.

Our Sisters have watched both seminarians grow in the faith. We were on hand to enjoy “Sundaes For Seminarians” with the Bishop and the other seminarians from around the diocese after the Mass.


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