Franciscan Sister Taught Spirit of the Rivers Artist

by Sister Julie Ann on May 4, 2016

Franciscan Sister Alice Thome is very proud of her former students. Recently, she took time to attend the open house of a Manitowoc, WI art studio featuring the work of internationally renowned artist R.T. “Skip” Wallen.

Franciscan Sister Alice ThomeBorn and raised in Manitowoc, WI.,  Skip attended St. Boniface Catholic School when Sister Alice was a teacher there.  He is currently working on Spirit of the Rivers, a 3.5 ton, 16 foot tall bronze sculpture to stand along the Lake Michigan shore midway between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Completion is still about 2 years away. Other St. Boniface School classmates are very supportive of this hometown venture.

The project currently reveals  3 larger-than-life American Indian figures made from blue foam. The main focus is a young man carrying a birch-bark canoe. A young woman accompanies him and an elder welcomes the newly arrived couple.

For more information and pictures, see, or visit Spirit of the Rivers on Facebook.
Franciscan Sister Alice Thome was R.T. Skip Wallen's teacher

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Franciscan Sister on a Running Start Against Diabetes

by Sister Julie Ann on May 2, 2016

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Martha Mary Carpenter shares this CBS News article focusing on continuous efforts to stop diabetes and obesity at St. Peter Mission School, Bapchule, AZ in the Gila River Indian Community.

ARIZONA It’s a story that CBS News has been following for more than a decade. A partnership between a community in crisis, and a nun, who’s devoted her life to helping. The bond between the community and this nun has only grown stronger as time has gone on.

Students at Saint Peter Mission School in the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona are running for their lives. It is a daily ritual that is not part of their gym class, or even an after school sport.

Adult onset diabetes, once known as a disease of the elderly, is affecting children here as young as 4 years old.Franciscan Sister Martha fighting obesity

“Knowing the propensity our people have for diabetes, we start our day out with running,” said Sister Martha.

Sister Martha Mary Carpenter is the school’s principal.

Click here for the rest of the story. Watch our own youtube videos on life at St. Peter’s Mission.

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Discernment calls big time after graduation. Franciscan Sisters collaborate with Sam Brenner to offer you a free graduation gift of When Your Heart Breaks Through. Listen and breathe in peace. Be open to the moment.St.-Francis-at-peace-with-all-of-creation

Like St. Francis, we invite you to be sensitive to the music and lyrics of a troubadour. Look around you and see the wonder of all the people, places and things that are part of your life. (Photo: St. Francis Chapel stained glass window at Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse, Manitowoc, WI)

I’ve always been fascinated by healing and reinvention—the ability to start somewhere, be someone, fail, learn, grow and come out of it a better version of yourself. “When Your Heart Breaks Through” is really about self-improvement and the maturation process. All of us experience challenges in various forms. But I believe our hearts and spirits were made to be resilient. If you listen to your heart and stay true to yourself, you have the ability to get through just about anything. 

-Sam Brenner

Enjoy a free song. Right click on this link and save the target as a mp3: When Your Heart Breaks Through

About Sam Brenner

Sam Brenner featured by Franciscan SistersSam is a singer/songwriter. He’s been pretending to play to sold out crowds since he was a little kid. When Sam was 12, his parents bought him his first guitar—an acoustic Yamaha FD01S. That gift was enough to fuel a big dream. Between 2011 and 2013, Sam pursued that dream with fervor and started playing his music in clubs, coffeehouses and colleges all around the country. Thousands of miles, hundreds of shows, dozens of broken guitar strings and two albums later, Sam decided music will always be a part of his life but it didn’t need to be his full-time gig. It was time to bring his talents back to the business world.

Sam has learned a lot at every twist and turn in the road. Every unique experience has helped shape him into the pro that he is today.

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Live Performance of the Song: (House Concert Footage)


Franciscan Sisters’ Assembly Focuses on Mercy and Beyond

by Sister Julie Ann on April 29, 2016

Franciscan Sister Louise Hembrecht shares on the recent Sisters’ Assembly, a gathering of our Sisters who currently serve-whether employed or as sponsor presence representatives- in our sponsored institutions. It is held every 18 months to inform, educate and share on current topics of interest. Franciscan-Sisters-Assembly-42516-copy

The Sisters’ Assembly theme was “Ministry in the Jubilee year of Mercy and Beyond”.  As Chair of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries Board, Sister Natalie presented Sister Laura with a special presentation of gratitude for her thirty-one years of service as President of the HealthCare / Sponsored Ministries System. The picture, painted by Sister Victoria has the following words: “Those touched by the fire of Jesus radiate Him” and was accompanied with words of gratitude.Franciscan Sister Laura 42516

Sister Natalie introduced Dan McGinty, the future President of FSCCM to the Assembly. Dan, in turn, introduced himself by introducing his wife, Lynn, and their children and sharing a little about his background. He articulated his experience sharing in the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity charism in the past, his ongoing service in Catholic HealthCare, and his continuing attraction to the Franciscan Charism evident in the System and the lives of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.Franciscan-Sister-Natalie-and-McGintys-42516-copy

As part of the gathering, past Community Directors – Sister Ritarose Stahl, Sister Paula Vanden Hogen and Sister Louise Hembrecht – and Current Community Director – Sister Natalie Binversie, described the main events, beginnings or developments that happened in the System during their term of Office.Franciscan-Sisters-in-leadership-42516-copy




Convent Opens Doors to Catholic School Students

April 27, 2016

Franciscan Sisters toured Holy Family School, Green Bay, WI students at St. Agnes Convent. The sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls spent time with Sister Dorothy Wagner and Sister Ann Carla Baumann, while the boys had a vocation talk with a seminarian. With the girls, there was time for a video, and a project of making creative door hangings or bookmarks. […]

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Franciscan Sisters Serve at Ant Hill Mob Motorcycle Show

April 25, 2016

As Hope House Volunteers, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity served at the Ant Hill Mob’s 34th Annual Northeastern Charity Motorcycle Show this weekend. It was held at the Manitowoc, WI Expo Center. In a show of good faith the Ant Hill Mob asks that recipient organizations provide volunteer support to make the event happen.  Our Sisters assisted in […]

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