20 Something Song: ’20 Something’ by Katie Trotta

by Sister Julie Ann on September 1, 2015

Perceptively exploring the concerns and challenges of ’20 somethings’ in this month of September, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are grateful to feature Katie Trotta’s song 20 Something. Enjoy a free download. Help us begin a thoughtful discussion at the beginning of a new semester. Katie’s own words invite further dialogue.

Living in a world where we get a front seat view into other people’s lives through things like social media can make the pressure to figure out who you are and what you are doing with your life feel so much heavier than it should.  Your twenties are supposed to be a time to test the waters, dive deep into exploring what makes you tick as a person, and come out the other end going “Wow, I know who I am and what I want!”.  Or, at least that’s what I thought your twenties were supposed to be.

20 Something by Kathy TrottaI wrote ‘Twenty Something’ when I was 27.  If someone had told me when I was a teenager that at 27 years old, I would still be single, struggling with my career, and still wondering how everything was going to work out… I would have laughed in your face.  At 27 you are supposed to have it down!  You are supposed to be living the life you dreamt about!  You are supposed to have a handle on things!  I mean, just look at the 27 years old on Facebook!  They know what they’re doing!  Enter the question: Is it just me?  Am I the only one who feels this lost?

Through writing ‘Twenty Something’ and playing it at shows, I have learned one of the best and most important lessons of my life.  Everyone feels lost at times.  No one feels like they have a completely firm grip on their life.  We are all taking it day by day.  And that is okay.

Your twenties are such a beautiful, chaotic, wonderful time in your life.  If you don’t have it all figure out by the end of it… don’t worry.  You are not alone. – Katie Trotta

For a free music download click here: 06 Twenty Something

Franciscan Sisters feature KatieTrottaAbout Katie Trotta

After eight years, three states, and four independent releases, Katie Trotta found a new home in Nashville, TN at the beginning of 2012.  Hailing from Indianapolis, IN, Trotta graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, spent a few years in the ‘live music capitol’ of Austin, TX and eventually made her way to ‘music city USA’… all the while honing her craft of piano-driven, heartfelt pop songs.
Trotta’s first year in Nashville was marked by several new songs, countless writer’s rounds, and a new record titled ‘Twenty Something’. Teaming with producers, Eli Chastain and Jason Miller, ‘Twenty Something’ is Trotta’s fifth independent release and her first full length, fully produced album made possible by a Kickstarter campaign. Featuring songs about stumbling through relationships, growing up, and figuring out what you want out of life, ‘Twenty Something’ was written through the perspective of Trotta’s experiences going through her twenties but is relatable for anyone at any age. Sticking with the honest approach of writing, Trotta’s team wanted to take the same approach for recording. ‘Twenty Something’ was recorded to two inch tape with a strict “no auto-tune” rule and the desire to have an organic recording process. The talents of Nir Z (drums), Steve Mackey (bass), and Anthony LaMarchina (cello) of the Nashville Symphony joined Trotta to record at Bryan White’s Shmowland Studios in Brentwood, TN.


Johnny got married and Jenny’s got a baby on the way
and I just heard that Joe got a new job
Julie won the lottery and Jason’s out on vaca in some new exotic hot spot
but where am I

I’m lost in the middle of twenty something
spinning my wheels, barely moving, watching this world pass me by
I’ve been trying to get a grip on this life I’m leading
just trying to make it make sense
can someone throw me a line out in the middle of twenty something

when I was little and big dreams filled up my heart
when I still had stars in my eyes
I mapped out every step in my foolproof plan of where I’d be by this time
but somewhere along the way all the stars began to fade

I’m lost in the middle of twenty something
spinning my wheels, barely moving, watching this world pass me by
I’ve been trying to get a grip on this life I’m leading
just trying to make it make sense
can someone throw me a line out in the middle of twenty something

something tells me I’m not alone out here
am I alone out here
are you out here

lost in the middle of twenty something
spinning my wheels, barely moving, watching this world pass me by
I’ve been trying to get a grip on this life I’m leading
just trying to make it make sense
can someone throw me a line out in the middle of twenty something




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Franciscan Sister Leads at Casa Grande Catholic School

by Sister Julie Ann on August 30, 2015

Franciscan Sister Carol Seidl is the new principal at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, Casa Grande, AZ. Click here to read the entire article from the TriValley Central Casa Grande Dispatch. She and Sister Catherine Gilles and Sister Mary Karen Oudeans are living at St. Anthony of Padua Convent in this desert place. We will share more about our Sisters and their lives in the days ahead.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School has a new principal, and she is the first nun to lead the school in many years.

Franciscan Sister Carol Seidl at St. Anthony School Casa Grande AZSister Carol Seidl grew up in Luxemburg, Wisconsin.

“It’s a small farming community, 960 people,” she said. “I grew up on our family farm, a dairy farm, now a third-generation dairy farm.”

Her family was religious, she said. She attended a Catholic school taught by nuns and had a first cousin who was a nun.

“They were my inspiration,” she said.

Seidl took the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, which was founded in Wisconsin. Read more. Don’t miss the photo gallery.


Franciscan Sisters Welcome Michigan Postulant

by Sister Julie Ann on August 28, 2015

After arriving at the Milwaukee Downtown Amtrak station on Friday afternoon August 28, 2015, Gayle Mazurkiewicz, from Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Parish, Troy, MI., traveled to Manitowoc, WI to take yet one more step in her desire to be a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity.  Our whole Community celebrated her completion of all requirements to enter the Postulancy. Our hearts are full of joy!

Franciscan Postulant Gayle MazurkiewiczCommunity Director Sister Natalie Binversie led a a simple welcome ritual which took place at 4:45 p.m. in St. Mary Chapel at Evening Prayer.

While our Franciscan Sisters gathered to pray with and for Gayle, we also asked the Lord’s blessing on Sister Mariella Erdmann, Postulant Directress, Sister Florita Schneider and Sister Georgiana Rank who will be assisting with instructions on prayer and our lives as a Franciscan Community. Gayle will be involved in various Motherhouse experiences, studying Theology and Philosophy at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family and witnessing her own faith in various settings.Fraciscan Postulant and Professed Sister team

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Arizona Camp Franciscan Reunion

by Sister Julie Ann on August 26, 2015

Camp Franciscan was over 60 days ago, but the spirit of this Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity event continues. Relationships were formed and a unity of prayer and support is real among our Sisters and the young women who were campers.

Franciscan Sisters and Camp Franciscan campers

Recently, our Sisters at San Xavier Mission, Tucson, AZ had a Camp Franciscan Reunion. Beginning with prayer, there was lots of laughter and sharing around the dinner table. Campers are making plans to visit our Sisters at Immaculate Conception Convent, Yuma, AZ. They look forward to renewing their friendship with Postulant Mary Bettag and checking out how her student teaching is progressing.

Franciscan Sisters and campers around San Xavier Convent dinner table


Franciscan Sisters Celebrate Maria Reina School’s 50th Anniversary

August 24, 2015

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity sent this message to Maria Reina School, Lima, Peru on their 50th anniversary. Here is a translation. We hope to hear more from Sister Cyrilla Jackels , Sister Marlita Henseler and Sister Mary Ann Spanjers re: their visit on their return from Lima. Congratulations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary […]

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Franciscan Sister Recipient of International Katalin Forrai Award

August 22, 2015

Franciscan Sister Lorna Zemke received the International Katalin Forrai Award. This summer at Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, over 130 guests attended a special reception honoring Sister Lorna Zemke as she received the International Katalin Forrai Award. Sister Lorna is beloved and admired by so many people nationally and internationally for her life’s work and commitment […]

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