Did you ever wonder what life was like beyond the walls of a convent? In this Year of Consecrated Life, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you and people of all ages to come and see.
On February 8, 2015 our convent locations in the Manitowoc area welcome guests from 1-3:30 p.m.. Holy Family Convent, Roncalli Convent, St. Clare Convent and St. Francis Convent are providing tours, quiet time for prayer in chapels for those who wish, refreshments and visiting with our Sisters. Click here for a flyer, Franciscan Sisters Open House 2.8.15 REV. and find the addresses for each of these convents participating.
In Nebraska, our Franciscan Sisters at St. Mary Convent at 322 N. Monitor St. West Point, NE 68688 have open house from 2-4 p.m. Click here for the invitation.
In solidarity with today’s March for Life in Washington D.C., Franciscan Sisters joined others at Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay, WI on January 16, 2015 to stand up for life because #AllHumanLivesMatter. Speakers Bishop David Ricken, Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, founder of Love From Above, Inc. healing ministry and others encouraged all present to ‘be the change the world needs!’
Christina Pallini, The Power of Life Inc., organized the march and route down Green Bay’s busy Mason Street. Franciscan Sisters carried signs with quotes from St. Francis and Pope Francis.
Bishop and martyr St. Ignatius of Antioch words might be equally meaningful for today:
Nothing is hidden from the Lord, but even our secrets are close to him. Let us then do everything in the knowledge that he is dwelling within us that we may be his temples, and he God within us. He is, and will reveal himself, in our sight, according to the love we bear him in holiness.”
During this Year of Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis, Franciscan Sisters offer our personal response to the question: What is Consecrated Life?
Knowing that her short term memory is failing her, Sister Maria Casetta reflects: “Whatever God wants. That is what I vowed at my profession. I am where I am because this is where He wants me to be now, in St. Rita’s Health Center. God seems to want me to give up memories and that is o.k. as they are His anyway. I am His bride and His servant. I want to please Him. I am grateful to Him for calling me to this Community.”
Sister Florita Schneider’s own wisdom shines through in her comments: “God has chosen me. I am consecrated, I am ‘set apart’ for service to Him. Not set apart to be on a pedestal or in an ivory tower in arrogance and pride but to serve in humility and simplicity. Wherever I am and in whatever I do, I am a witness to God. This is a great gift which is also a great responsibility. Only by being aware of His love and support can I truly live this Consecrated Life which I have been living for 63 years. God has chosen me and I am forever grateful.”
Franciscan Sister Sharon Paul updates us on Zanesville news of Deacon Sean Dooley, grand nephew of Sister Frances Joseph Hildebrand.
Franciscan Sisters are ever thrilled to be present at ordination ceremonies. When Sean Dooley, from St. Nicholas Parish, Zanesville, Ohio was ordained a Deacon at The Josephinum on Saturday, January 17, 2015 by Bishop Frederick Campbell, we were there.
Sean is a native of St. Nicholas Parish in Zanesville, Ohio. He attended St. Nicholas Grade School and is a 2006 graduate of Bishop Rosecrans High School. In 2010 he graduated from the Josephinum College of Liberal Arts with a B.A. in History. Most important, Sister Frances Joseph Hildebrand is Sean’s great-Aunt.
The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity from Genesis, Zanesville, OH & St. Benedict’s Convent witnessed the beautiful and meaningful ceremony on the Feast of St. Anthony the Great, a prominent leader among the Desert Fathers.
Deacon Sean and his family
Deacon and more family
Deacon Sean and Franciscan Sister Sharon Paul both from Zanesville OH