In a recent article on technology and education Herald Times Reporter Phillip Bock highlights Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Jane Kinate who  teaches science at Roncalli High School, Manitowoc, WI .

MANITOWOC — It’s been four years since Roncalli High School implemented a one-to-one initiative that placed a netbook into the hands of every student in the school, and educators at the school say the technology has enhanced student learning.

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Franciscan Sister Jane Kinate shows 9th graders how to process weather field data to create a graph during science classes at Roncalli High School, Manitowoc, WI photo Sue Pishchte/HTR media


35 years ago Blessed John Paul II recognized St. Francis of Assisi as the patron of ecology. How appropriate on this commemoration of Earth Day, April 22,  that we pray to the saint who composed the Canticle of the Creatures and the man who affirmed the saint of ecology who himself will soon be a saint!

St. Francis of Assisi with birds of the air

In anticipation of the 35th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II recognizing Francis as a powerful intercessor for pondering the interaction of organisms and the environment, the Franciscan Friars Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation  Office in Rome  created a new web site to assist us in celebrating that event.  On March 22nd, World Water Day, this new site went live:

Resources are available in various languages, and include a reflection on the celebration, the Pope’s declaration naming Francis the patron of ecology, a Eucharistic celebration, an ecumenical prayer, norms for an inter-religious celebration, a Mayan Cross Prayer, Prayers of the Faithful and an article on Franciscan Spirituality.

The official anniversary of Francis’ becoming the saint of ecology comes on November 29th.

Celebrate Earth Day! St. Francis of Assisi and Blessed John Paul II, pray for us and our beloved planet earth!


Franciscan Easter Song: One Thing I Ask by Matthew Hardy

by Sister Julie Ann on April 19, 2014

Easter invites an awake,  straight-forward song. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s choice is Matthew Hardy’s One Thing I Ask. (Spontaneous St. Francis would probably add a free-flowing ALLELUIA chorus!) Psalm 27 expresses “boundless hope that God will bring rescue” (USCCB website commentary).  Enjoy a a free Easter music download.

Click here for a free music download of One Thing I Ask.

Comment on the Song ‘One Thing I Ask’

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature Matthew Hardy's One Thing I AskI wrote this song with my friends Emelia and Eric Lilly at their house after dinner one night. We were just singing some songs we all knew, and I started improvising some lyrics with Psalms 27 & 45 in mind, and also the writings of the Apostle Paul.

I think the song is about being present with what is in front you of you at the time, whether it be a person, or an image, or a tree. It doesn’t matter. We are beholding something beautiful at all times, in my opinion.

I have always been moved by the words of David. He reminds me of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, just “being” with him. It’s not about making plans, and going to the right movie, or the perfect restaurant, or the cab ride in between. If I like who I am with, I don’t care what we’re doing, I’m just thrilled I am with her, and I would be content to stare into her eyes for an hour over a cup of coffee, or even a glass of water;

Water into wine, is what I am imagining as I experience the miracle of good company, and communion with another;

I watch her walk toward me, and look over my shoulder as we part.

That is all I ask, and in my experience, that is what is always available to me. No one can take that away from me. No one can touch that kind of ownership and responsibility for my own happiness and peace, even bliss. This is how I live, with the confidence that I am, truly in perfect peace, here, now, in this moment. Rejoice.

- Matthew Hardy


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Franciscanized Recipe: No Kneed Easter Bakery

by Sister Sue Ann on April 16, 2014

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Sue Ann Hall shares a no kneed refrigerated dough Easter bakery recipe.

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup warm waterFranciscan Sister Sue Ann makes roles for Easter

2pkg. dry yeast

4 cups flour

1 egg

Scald milk, stir in sugar, salt and margarine.  Cool to lukewarm. Measure warm water into large bowl; sprinkle in yeast and stir until dissolved.  Stir in lukewarm milk mixture, egg & half the flour; beat until smooth.  Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter.  Cover tightly and refrigerate at least two hours.  (Dough may be kept in refrig up to 3 days.) Remove from refrigerator & let rise to double its’ size before shaping it as you desire. (I shape it and then let it rise.)

Bake at 375 degrees 20-30 min. for buns, sweet rolls.  Coffee cakes will take longer.  The bunnies only took 20 min.

BUNNIESFranciscan Sister Sue Ann Hall shares Easter bakery

1 larger ball for body

1 smaller ball for head.

1 very small ball for tail

4 very small rolls:

1 for arm

1 for foot

2 for ears

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Franciscan Sister Teaches Teachers About the Latest in Media Education

April 16, 2014

In a series of Herald Times Reporter articles on media in education, Benjamin Wideman, Director of Communications at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc, WI,  highlights Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Christine Stoller, teacher of Technology & Media in Education.  MANITOWOC — When Sister Christine Stoller was a student at Silver Lake College, […]

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How Franciscan Sisters Celebrate Being Sent to Serve God’s People

April 14, 2014

This year April 12, 2014 marked our official Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity day of celebrating our being sent to live the Gospel and serve God’s people. What makes it official? A missioning prayer service is prayed in each of our local convents (usually in the morning). The ritual is creatively different each year and yet the same. […]

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