Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share First Communion joy.

First Holy Communion – A Day We All Remember by Sister Carol Seidl

Think back to your First Holy Communion Day …… I am sure you clearly remember the day!
Franciscan Sister Carol's First Communion Students

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Franciscan Sister Kathleen Murphy and Father Greg Plata OFM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Greenwood, MS.

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Franciscan Sister Carla Riach at San Xavier Mission, Tucson, AZ.

Franciscan Sister Carla First Communion San Xavier Mission Tucson



Catholic Religious Gather for Year of Consecrated Life Event

by Sister Julie Ann on April 25, 2015

Special to the Year of Consecrated Life, Diocese of Green Bay Catholic Religious gathered over 150 strong on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Green Bay, WI.

Catholic Religious Diocese of Green Bay

Vicar for Religious Sister Louise Hembrecht, OSF, facilitated the day’s activities. Sister Laura Zelten, Sister of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, led the opening prayer. Green Bay Bishop David Ricken welcomed everyone and also presided at a later morning Eucharist.

Catholic Religious Diocese of Green Bay lunch

Archbishop Joseph Tobin from the Diocese of Indianapolis presented on the topic: The Role of Religious Life in the Church of the 21st Century. Like Pope Francis in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium , Archbishop spoke as a religious himself, encouraging consecrated men and women to the primacy of being committed witnesses of Jesus Christ, living Gospel-based community and being faithful to mission especially on the frontier, the margins of society.Catholic Diocese of Green Bay meal time

The day was a joyful celebration of meaningful prayer,  speaker interaction and a noon luncheon inviting lively conversation among those gathered.


Emphasizing a Just Gospel, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy continues to offer a reflection on the U.S. Bishop’s Document on Hunger re: Stewardship of Creation.

We have now looked at some of the issues of human dignity, economy and trade in regard to agriculture. Finally the bishops turn to the field of stewardship in regard to creation. They say: “Protecting God’s creation must be a central goal of agricultural policies.

Franciscan Sisters Silver LakeGovernment resources should be targeted to farms and ranches that practice environmentally sound agriculture. We urge farmers to minimize their use of pesticides and other chemicals and, where they are used, to take strong measures to protect themselves, agricultural workers, and their families from exposure.

Catholic teaching about the stewardship of creation leads us to question certain farming practices, such as the operation of massive confined animal feeding operations. We believe that these operations should be carefully regulated and monitored so that environmental risks are minimized and animals are treated as creatures of God.

Another important concern is the practice of focusing large acreages on one crop or a few strains of a crop. Unless managed properly, this limited approach to production can lead to depletion of the soil and destruction of fertile lands.”
Thus, stewardship involves integrity in the treatment of the worker, the creature, the soil and the harvest that is produced.
The bishops close their reflections as follows: “Agriculture is not just another economic sector. It is about food and hunger, the way we treat those who grow and harvest our food and fiber, and what kind of nation and world we are shaping.

We hope these reflections will contribute to a broader dialogue about the moral dimensions of agriculture and to renewed efforts to advance the dignity of farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers.” May we be part of this broader consideration of agricultural issues.


In this Year of Consecrated Life, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity announce the recent publication of A Star of Hope Shone in the Convent Sky, history of our Community and Placement in History to 1945 researched and compiled by Sister Donna Marie Kessler, OSF. Detailed footnotes are of utmost significance. Sister Mariella Erdmann, OSF designed the cover. Sister Martin Flavin, OSF writes the preface shared here.

Franciscan Sisters Community History 2In the Apostolic Letter of 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI called attention to “one thing that will be of decisive importance in the Year of Faith is retracing the history of our faith.” How opportune that this book recounting the story of the beginnings and early years of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity is being published, based as it is on the faith of the women whose lives are described in A Star of Hope Shone in the Convent Sky. The reader will find the chapters of this well-documented history clearly articulating the words of Pope Benedict XVI: “It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ and it is His love that impels us to assist Him when He becomes our neighbor along the journey of life. Supported by faith let us look with hope at our commitment in the world…”

Franciscan-Sister-Donna-Marie-KesslerThe author, as archivist of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and professor of theology, spent many years researching and documenting the contributions of each leader called to guide faith-filled pioneer women courageous in their efforts to bring their love of Church and fellow-Christians to this new world of America. Sister Donna Marie Kessler has positioned the story of our Congregation within the larger history of the Catholic Church, the United States and Wisconsin, giving emphasis to the place of the Sisters within the political and social culture of each era. The more than adequate documentation gives the reader opportunity for further study on topics ranging from prehistory until the aftermath of World War II.

Sister Donna Marie died on November 10, 2014, the day after Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrated the 145th Anniversary of Founding, November 9, 1869.


Franciscan Sisters Welcome New Secular Franciscans

April 19, 2015

Recently, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serving in Kekaha, HI were on hand to welcome new members of the Secular Franciscan Order on the island of Kauai. Jim Doyle, the Minister from Our “Troubadours of Peace” region of the Secular Franciscan order based in Honolulu accepted three newly professed members into the emerging fraternity of […]

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Franciscan Sister’s Reflection on Consecrated Life

April 16, 2015

During this Year of Consecrated Life, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity share Sister Norma Balza’s poem To Be a Chosen One written in 1999. Did He pray the whole night through Before calling me, before calling you To observe His work? Did He invite to ‘Come and see?’ Then gently command, ‘Come follow Me’ To […]

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