Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are participating in a new collaborative effort to inform the public about religious life, to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. Our efforts are being funneled into a Web site, www.wakeuptogod.org.

Discerning Vocation Journey as Temporary ProfessedThe Web site features 25 religious communities of men and women. Included are photo galleries and links to each participating community, personal stories and photos of men and women religious whom visitors can “meet,” a listing of events being held within the communities, and general information about consecrated life and religious orders.

Also included on the site is a blog, where men and women religious submit posts on relevant topics such as discussion of their community’s charism, how they were called to religious life, how men and women religious help the poor and marginalized today through various religious ministries, how different religious orders complement each other, historical topics, conversations about events within the Liturgical Year, discussions about Saints, dialogue about how religious life has evolved and where it is heading, reflections on world events, and much more. The blog is open to submissions from any men or women religious, so if you are interested in submitting a blog post, please contact your communicator name here.

Consecrated Life InfographicThe Year of Consecrated Life will officially begin on November 30, 2014 and go through February 2, 2016. With the theme of “Wake Up the World!” – inspired by Pope Francis’ call to action to men and women religious, the Year of Consecrated Life focuses on renewal for men and women in consecrated life, thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests and nuns, and an invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation.

We are excited to be a part of this collaborative effort to promote religious life. “Wake up to God” efforts can also be viewed on our group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wakeuptogod, YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/wakeuptogod, and Flickr photostream at www.flickr.com/photos/wakeuptogod.

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Year of Consecrated Life: “A Franciscan Sister’s Discernment Journey” is a unique resource for the Year of Consecrated Life.

The 11 minute documentary shows Michigan native Sr. Pamela Catherine Peasel’s prayerful response to God’s calling her to be a Franciscan Sister. She candidly discusses deeply personal questions that also reflect the universal challenge of discernment. From her 2007 discernment retreat, though formation as a postulant, novice and temporary professed sister… to her recent Profession of Perpetual Vows, and her current ministry as a teacher at St. Peter’s Mission School on the Gila River Reservation.

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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!

 

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Franciscan Sisters Assembly Contemplates Sponsored Ministries

November 19, 2014

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. Sister Roberta Doneth, […]

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Franciscans Consider Agricultural Issues: What Do the Bishops Say?

November 17, 2014

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 general overview of their […]

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