Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom shares on her recent invitation to present on Franciscan Spirituality to people attending the Immaculate Conception Parish Mission Yuma, AZ.

Franciscan Sisters celebrating with Immaculate Conception Parish Yuma AZImmaculate Conception Parish, Yuma, AZ will celebrate its 150 anniversary in 2016. The year 2014 was a year highlighting the presence of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity who have served the parish for 84 years. One of the culminating events of the “Year of the Sisters” was a three night Parish Mission on Franciscan Spirituality. Each evening 50-60 people gathered to explore an aspect of Franciscan Spirituality.

On October 20 the emphasis was on three pillars of Franciscan Spirituality: the Incarnation, the Passion/Death/Resurrection of Jesus and the Eucharist.

Forgiveness as a form of “letting go and poverty” was explored on October 21.

Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom presents on Franciscan SpiritualityThe delight of all creation and the realization that we are brothers and sisters of all created things was studied on October 22. St. Francis’ Canticle of Creation was the focal point of prayer and reflection.

Sisters Charlene Acker, Alexandra Bettinardi, Andrene Flasch and Ann Mary Hart made the entire evening delightful by providing the environment (pictured here) and tables of food and refreshments. After the talks, the attendees gathered to socialize with each other and visit with the Sisters. The presence of Secular Franciscans from Yuma was an added blessing.

The members of the parish, once again, expressed gratitude for the presence of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and their many years of service.


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Come Wake Up the World to God with Consecrated Religious

by Sister Julie Ann on October 28, 2014

On Sunday, November 2, 2014,  Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to begin National Vocation Awareness Week and celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis with a prayer service and social at St. Francis of Assisi Parish 1415 Grand Ave, Manitowoc, WI from 2-4 p.m.. Join us and other religious serving in the Diocese of Green Bay.Franciscan Sisters invite you to wake up the world in 2015

Everyone is invited. All are welcome. We hope you come from near and far to pray and celebrate with us. Read more about this special year and the theme song.




How Do You Meet a Franciscan Sister: Austin, TX

by Sister Julie Ann on October 25, 2014

How do you meet a Franciscan Sister? Ask us to meet us where you are. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Carmen Marie Diaz, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers just arrived back to Wisconsin after an incredible tour that involved meeting truly good people in various stops in MS, LA, TX, OK and NE. We will continue to tell you stories in the days ahead, but just wanted to say thank you today for all your prayers and kindness to us.

Franciscan Eucharistic Adoration to Action at University Catholic Center Austin TXOur ‘on the road’ travels include conversations along the way with young women desiring to know more about our way of life.  Eucharistic Adoration to Action presentations to St. Albert Young Adults October 20 beginning with Mass at 6:30 p.m. and University Catholic Center with Austin Musician Paul Finley October 22 at 7 p.m. were more than what we could have imagined.

More special thanks:

    • October 16: St. Francis of Assisi Convent, Greenwood, MS (Sister Kathleen and Sister Elena took time with us to see the sights of this historical place. We enjoyed every minute!)
    • October 17: Natchez, MS; Thibodaux, LA, Ponchatoula, LA (Important conversations happened and we are grateful for each person we met!)
    • October 18: St. Austin, Austin, TX (It is not every day that one arrives amid a Longhorn football game. We couldn’t help but feel we were in Green Bay, but with burnt orange being the color of choice!)
    • October 19: St. Albert Parish, Austin, TX, Round Rock, TX (Multi-cultural Mass called for prayer for the world!)
    • October 20: St. John Paul II Life Center, St. Albert Parish, Austin, TX 6:30 p.m. Mass followed by talk and holy hour (Every moment of our lives is important! Young adults were deep thinkers and found true happiness in time with Jesus.)
    • October 21: Texas A&M (We now have a walking understanding of this university that is steeped in tradition. DailyFranciscan Sisters at Texas A&M Mass with more than 100 strong young people is a cherished memory! Again, discernment conversations were sincere and thoughtful.)
    • October 22: University of Texas, University Catholic Center, Austin, TX, 7 p.m. prayerful holy hour (Paulist Father Ed Nowak and Dorothy couldn’t have been more accommodating and the young people not only were good conversationalists, but it was evident they find their strength in God. Paul Finley made the holy hour a spiritual high with his professionally-outstanding guitar fingering!)
    • October 23: Norman OK, Omaha, NE (This women’s discernment group is asking the right questions and truly were gracious in meeting us near the interstate. We were fortified with Eucharist and a Sisterly breakfast with Sister Renee in Omaha before doing the last leg of the journey!)
    • October 24: Manitowoc, WI (We were met with other inquiries from young women in this area and welcome another discerner for a weekend experience. It couldn’t be better than that! We invite you to visit us soon or invite us to meet you where you are! Click here.

Francisan Sisters at Amy's in Austin TX



JUST Gospel: For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food

by Sister Kathleen on October 22, 2014

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy considers agricultural issues as reflected in the U.S. Bishop’s For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food.

A new month returns us to our consideration of the US Bishops’ consideration of agricultural issues in For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food. Let us join the bishops as they speak of the structure used in the document.

“ In this document, we outline some “signs of the times,” lift up principles from Catholic social teaching, and suggest elements of an “agenda for action.” We also highlight the global dimensions of agriculture today and how they contribute to the growing gap between rich and poor at home and abroad. But more than anything else, we seek to place the life and dignity of the human person at the center of the discussions and decisions on agriculture.”

Franciscan Sister ElenaContinuing, the bishops define the audience for this document. They highlight three groups to whom they address their remarks as they write: “First, we recognize and encourage those who carry out and contribute to the work of agriculture in the United States and abroad: farmers and farmworkers, leaders of rural communities, and those who serve them in our Church. When we refer to farmers and farmworkers, our concern also extends to those who produce our food and fiber, to ranchers, and to other agricultural workers

Second, we offer elements of a moral framework for those involved in agricultural policy: political leaders, experts, advocates, and activists.

Third, we encourage members of the broader Catholic community to give greater attention and priority to issues of food and agriculture and their connections to our faith.

The emphasis given by the bold print is mine. It helps us to know that we, as a community, are specifically included in the focus groups described by the bishops. Our study of their ideas will enrich our service among the People of God. This is not just for those who work in farming communities, but for all of us who help to educate others. We teach by our interest and concern that agricultural issues are not just for a specialized part of society, but should be the concern of us all.


Franciscan Sister Reflects on Her Calling from God

October 20, 2014

Franciscan Sister Leonette Kochan sums up the blessings of her life. “Pleasant places were measured out for me; fair to me indeed is my inheritance…” (Psalm 16) These words sum up the blessings of my life, gratitude for all that has been given to me. I tell my story with pictures and words. My parents, […]

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Franciscan Sisters at ‘Made for More’ Diocesan Youth Event

October 19, 2014

It would seem natural for Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity to be present at sponsored Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc, WI.  On a recent Saturday they were among youth from the Diocese of Green Bay for a ‘Made for More’ Conference. Sister Theresa Feldkamp and Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora distributed St. John XXIII and […]

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