September signals change. All the weather’s moods call us to assess signs of progress in ourselves, others and in creation. As you follow your dreams this month, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity collaborate with Ken Yates to offer  In the Middle of Heaven and Here as a free music download.

St. Francis of Assisi with birds of the airSt. Francis talked about heaven this way. “What a great laudable exchange: to leave the things of time for those of eternity, to choose the things of heaven for the goods of earth, to receive the hundred-fold in place of one, and to possess a blessed and eternal life.”

For a free music download click here: inthemiddleofheavenandhere

About Ken Yates

Ken YatesBorn and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, “The Backseat EP”, and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer.  Mayer even posted a full page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today”. Yates’ EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans.  He has toured with many notable names including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House where he was nominated for The Coffee House Songwriter Discovery of the Year.

His debut full length album twenty-three, recorded in Holland and produced by Joren van der Voort is available now with Mishara Music.


I’m on the outside looking out
And I’m still wondering how I’m on the wrong side of my dreams
I guess everybody is right
The grass is greener on one side
But I couldn’t find where it divides

It’s a real thin line in the middle of heaven and here
Cause I see paradise across a river of tears
But I know there’s hope for my soul
That took a wrong turn on the yellow brick road
It’s a real thin line in the middle of heaven and here

My dreams they look me in the eye
And they never tell me why I can look but I can’t touch
I know there’s others just like me
That gave it all up for their dreams
Now they’re standing out of reach


But I’ll find my time to cross that line
And I won’t look back





Notable Tour Dates

Midwest tour from Sept 16-20th which includes dates in Chicago, New Holstein WI, Marshfield WI and Minneapolis.


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Franciscan Good News is increasing! Yes, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are doing their share to add a positive spirit in our world. Today’s post is about to prove this point. We report on our variety of Community blogs and make it easy for you to check out each one to find out if they truly Franciscan at heart!

St. Francis of Assisi in flowers

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Franciscanized World Blog: our latest post encourages to you join us for the International Coastal Clean Up on September 20, 2014. Click here for more information. St. Francis treasured Sister Water! Franciscan Sisters lead efforts on behalf of International Coastal Clean Up on part of  Lake Michigan Shoreline Manitowoc WI

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Mississippi Sisters Blog: Kindergarten wisdom is here to stay. Click here for a reminder that education is basic to social justice. Franciscan Sister Kathleen's Kindergarten class

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Mississippi Sisters also added a video anticipating the Year of Consecrated Life. Click here to view Sister Elena’s insights on her first days at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenwood, MS. Franciscan Sister Elena and Bishop of Diocese of Jackson MS

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Sierra Vista Sister-Franciscan Blog: Sister Carol captures some great images of the Southwest monsoons. Click here to read more about this wet season in the wild west. Franciscan Sister Carol captures Monsoon Season

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Franciscan Retreat Blog: Looking for a Fall Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat? Click here. Anticipate the Year of Consecrated Life by getting an inside view of Franciscan Gospel life. Discerning-Vocation-Journey-as-Franciscan-Sister

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Coming soon–a new blog! We invite you to watch for an announcement on our Franciscanized World Blog! Franciscan Sisters new blog

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!


It’s time for some beach reflection. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you NOW to join us  and others across the globe for the International Coastal Clean Up on September 20, 2014. Save the date.Franciscan Sisters invite you to the International Coastal Clean Up

For more information click on this link: Internationalcleanup2014

Franciscan Sisters lead efforts on behalf of International Coastal Clean Up on part of  Lake Michigan Shoreline Manitowoc WI


How a Nurse Becomes a Franciscan Sister

by Sister Julie Ann on August 26, 2014

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Golden Jubilarian Sister Sheila Kasten recalls her journey in first becoming a nurse and then a Consecrated Woman Religious.

Franciscan Sister Sheila and parentsOn a cold, icy night, January 27, 1932, the oldest, middlest and youngest child of Ervin and Leone (nee Tennessen) Kasten was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. I’ll let you ponder that statement for a few seconds. I had a wonderful childhood and future life with two loving parents. We did things as a family.

Kindergarten and first grade were spent in Appleton schools. In second grade we moved to Neenah, Wisconsin because Dad’s office assigned him there. St. Patrick School, Menasha, Wisconsin was the setting for grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 under the direction of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. This school was only a couple of blocks from home but Nicolet Boulevard separated Neenah from Menasha.

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How is Our Franciscan Rule a Model of Transformation

August 24, 2014

Francis looked to the Gospel as his rule of life. He became a changed person. Today, we too, look to be transformed Practically speaking, how does this happen? For us, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity,  we take time to focus on our spiritual documents. Each month we gather to prayerfully read aloud in common a section from our Constitution […]

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One Way Serrans Support Catholic Women Religious

August 22, 2014

Manitowoc, WI has a Local Serran Group which is drawing new members. They also like to involve high school students in their own outreach projects in showing support for Catholic Women Religious. One such time was a recent event involving Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, other religious and priests in the area and Roncalli High School students. There were over […]

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