Find Peace in Franciscans Downtown

by fscc on September 18, 2014

Recently, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity dropped in at Franciscans Downtown, a place of peace and connection that believes that ‘Everyone Is a Story….” Franciscan Sister Elaine and others at Franciscans DowntownInterested in such a destination? Found at 1000 Main St., Stevens Point, WI-across from Library, this corner space has a mission of presence for all. It has space for personal reflection, books and media to use on site or borrow, two floors of meeting space with free friar Father Placid Stroik’s cookies and coffee, tea and water. Conversation is encouraged allowing for real stories to be told.Franciscans Downtown You will find people of all ages there. We did. We met a young woman attending UWSP, a caring couple wise in raising a family, an avid reader, a dedicated host who has served people in church and secular settings who is himself taking a class to broaden his own perspectives, etc.. Besides all the inspiration on the walls and in the many books, people are the foundation of this worthwhile stopping point in Stevens Point. Franciscan Friars of the Assumption of the BVM Province are sponsoring this ministry of presence. Read MorePlace of peace and refreshment

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JUST Gospel: Rural Issues of Agriculture, Nutrition

by Sister Kathleen on September 16, 2014

Franciscan Sister Kathleen Murphy begins series of peace and justice articles partnered on faith.

This month brings us to the point of beginning a new cycle of articles dealing with peace and justice partnered with faith. As a Church and as a religious community we are called to be aware of many social concerns and needs in our world. Among this plethora of topics, we have a special concern with issues facing rural communities here and around the world.

Agriculture and Nutrition

Franciscan Friar Brendan WroblewskiMinistering to rural communities has been woven into the fabric of our community. So, as Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity we turn this year to focus on the topics of agriculture, nutrition and rural issues. We will begin by taking a look at For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food: Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers, a document developed by the Committee on Domestic Policy of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Although this is not a new publication, (2003) it has much for us to consider. So, let us begin.

The Bishops begin with a clear and urgent introduction to their thoughts. They write: “We seek to address agriculture through the lens of our faith because so much is at stake in moral and human terms. Food sustains life itself; it is not just another product. Providing food for all is a Gospel imperative, not just another policy choice. For many, farming is a way of life, not just another business or industry. Agriculture is the way farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers provide a decent life for their families and help feed a hungry world. It is not just another economic activity.

Ethics of Food

tomatoes grown at Franciscan conventAgriculture is different because it touches all our lives, wherever we live or whatever we do. It is about how we feed our own families, and the whole human family. It is about how we treat those who put food on our table and those who do not have enough food.

Too many in our Church and nation do not know the world of agriculture. For some, agriculture is a distant reality, little seen and less understood. When we go to the supermarket, we rarely think about where our food comes from, who produces it, who harvests it, or what it takes to process, package, and distribute it. When many of us think about agriculture at all, we worry about the economic cost of groceries and not the environmental cost to our land or the human cost to farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities in the United States and around the world.

Challenge to Be Stewards

In these reflections, we seek to challenge this Franciscan Sisters grow tomatoes at Manitowoc conventlack of awareness, which can lead to indifference or excessive self-interest. We focus on the ethics of how food and fiber are produced, how land is protected, and how agriculture is structured, compensated, and regulated to serve the “common good.” We also call Catholics to think more about and act on these important but often neglected concerns in light of our faith.”

The Bishops’ introduction helps us to understand the importance of considering the issues of agriculture as Church. The underlying issues are matters of justice and charity within our global community. Perhaps this month we can get a mind set for considering these issues by simply being more aware of the role agriculture plays in our daily living—the food we eat, the fuel we use, the clothing we wear. Let us praise God for the gifts of creation and ask blessing on those who serve as direct stewards of these gifts.


Coming this October 2014, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are on the road to Austin, TX presenting to young adults on the topic of Eucharistic Adoration to Action. Eucharistic-Adoration to Action

Here are the dates and locations. We invite you to save the date and invite others.

Eucharist Adoration to Action:  A Prayerful Presentation for Young Adults by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Monday, October 20 • 7:00 Pm
Spirit and Truth St. Albert the Great Catholic Parish 12041 Bittern Hollow Austin, TX 78758

Wednesday, October 22 • 7:00 Pm
UT University Catholic Center 2010 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705 Special Guest: Paul FinleyPaul-Finley-on-Franciscanized-World

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A Franciscan heart is inspired not only by the change of season, but by music. Francis’ troubadour spirit finds a home in our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity song of the month In the Middle of Heaven and Here by Ken Yates. Click to read more and enjoy a free download. Ken Yates

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Hungry? Who isn’t especially when Wisconsin’s Door County cherries need to picked, but especially enjoyed. It would be a pity if you did not at least look at this Franciscan Cherry Cobbler and imagine how simply delightful this dessert tastes. Click here. Cherry Cobbler

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Since we are into recipes, we thought you might enjoy another cultural favorite from the Mississippi Delta. Franciscan Sister Annette (serving in Greenwood, MS) is in a ‘pickle’ preparing for a parish event. Click here. Franciscan Sister Annette makes Delta pickles

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Mississippi Sister Kathleen helps us all anticipate the Year of Consecrated Life with photos of children finding joy in the simplicity of the NOW. Click here to breathe in some child-like, light-heartedness. Franciscan Sister Kathleen finds joy in kingergaten children's sense of wonder

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The Gospel is ‘in’ season always. Our Sister Carmen Marie reflects on a recent Sunday passage. Click here. Franciscan Sister Carmen Marie offers a reflection

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Ohio’s spectacular sights and warm-hearted people are part of our Franciscan Sister treasured daily lives. Sister Sharon shares on special moments in Cambridge, OH. Click here.

Franciscan Sisters in Cambridge OH bridge the gap

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Looking for a fall getaway to discern Franciscan life? Franciscan Sisters invite you to consider our Vocation Discernment Retreat on October 10-12, 2014. Click here for more information or find another discernment option that fits you. (Note: we are also very open to meet you where you are!)

Franciscan Sisters meet you where you are

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Here’s Franciscan Fall News from Cambridge OH

September 10, 2014

Franciscan Sister Sharon Paul shares fall Cambridge OH news from Christ Our Light Parish and St. Benedict School. School Bells are ringing all over the world and this is true at St. Benedict’s School in Cambridge, Ohio. Sister Anna Maar visits with the students at LUNCH. “Oh, am I HUNGRY!” Sister  Helen Marie Paul in […]

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A Franciscan Cherry Cobbler Recipe

September 8, 2014

Franciscan Sister Margaret Ann Wallander and Sister Christine Stoller share a favorite Cherry Cobbler  recipe make from freshly picked cherries. (Sister Christine’s hometown is in Wisconsin’s Door County.) 1 ¼ cup sugar 3 tablespoon cornstarch ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 5 cups pitted red tart cherries ¼ teaspoon almond extract 3 tablespoons shortening 1 cup flour […]

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