Postulants’ Ceremony of Public Witness

by Sister Julie Ann on December 9, 2007

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity witnessed the Reception of the Insignia of St. Francis (the tau cross with Jesus hand covering that of St. Francis) for postulants Sarah Gardner and Angela LaValley on the evening of December 8. This exhortation taken from the Letter to the Ephesians and Chapter 24 from The Earlier Rule of St. Francis was read: 

“Live life then with a sense of responsibility not as a person who does not know the meaning and purpose of life but as one who does. With Francis I ask that you learn and frequently call to mind the tenor and sense of what has been written in this life for the salvation of souls…I implore everyone to love, keep, and treasure them greatly….”

 Join us in praying that Sarah, Angela and our whole Community may respond with generous hearts to whatever God may ask.

9 thoughts on “Postulants’ Ceremony of Public Witness”

  1. What a perfect day for our Postulants to receive the insignia into the Community! Each day we are called to say YES to God! Today, the Postulants reminded us of the humble YES of our Mother Mary as they humbly say YES to receiving and wearing this insignia as Postulants in our Congregation! Mother Mary pray for all who are chosen to follow your Son as Consecrated Religious!

  2. Sister Donalise Popelka says:

    Even though the postulant insignia has changed through the years, your ceremony is a wonderful remembrance of the first step in becoming a Religious Woman in the Francisican Sisters of Christain Charity that all of your Sisters have made before you. Congratulations, Sarah and Angela, on receiving the Postulant insignia.

  3. Thanks, Sister Mary Ann and Sister Donalise for your words of Sisterly support for Sarah and Angela. Like Mary as imaged as Our Lady of Guadalupe, you are a means of strength in building up our own Community of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Muchas gracias!

  4. Sister Mariadele says:

    We are very happy to have Sarah and Angela enter more fully into the Postulancy through the Insignia ceremony which took place on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
    Just as Mary gave her “fiat” yes to God to become the mother of Jesus, Angela and Sarah said “yes” to continue their formation in this Franciscan Community.
    Sarah and Angela, you are in our prayers.

  5. Kelsey says:

    Prayers from PA:
    I heard it said once that when you say YES to God, He says YES back a billion times louder. May He continue to shower you with His abundant grace. May He watch over you, this season of hope and anticipation, and always.

  6. Sister June says:

    As a team member of the Postulants, I have witnessed two sincere women beginning their journey to know and do God’s will. Sarah and Angela are faithful to their prayer life – going to Mass and praying the Liturgy of the Hours. They attend College classes to further their education. They reach out to others: on Sunday, they teach Religion to second and third graders in Shebogan. Though they are busy with school and other activities they still have time to recreate and share their lives with others.

  7. Sister Pat Sevcik says:

    This season of joyful waiting is such a wonderful time in which Angela and Sarah took a formal step into the Postulancy. They are on a journey that is sometimes studded with pebbles that make them stop and think, pray, search and continue moving forward in spite of any bumps in the road and the pain of growth. I feel so proud of Sarah and Angela and felt great joy in my heart December 8th when they received the Insignia, a first step in a journey during which they continue to listen and respond to God wholeheartedly. I thank our entire Community for all of their support in prayer for Angela, Sarah and me.

  8. Yes, Sister Pat and Sister June, your presence in Sarah’s and Angela’s lives is worthy of special Advent mention. Yours is the spirit of servanthood and selfless giving that passes on our charism as Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. May the Lord bless you.

  9. Angela says:

    Thank you all very much for your prayers and support! I am very happy to be a part of this community.
    Thank you all for coming to the ceremony and for all of your words of encouragement as well as all the hugs. I am truly blessed to have been called to this community. Thank you all and God bless you!

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