Franciscan Sisters’ Health Assembly-What is Ours to Do?

by Sister Julie Ann on April 6, 2008

100_0878_0363.jpgOn April 5-6, 2008, over forty-five Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity involved in Jesus’ healing ministry gathered to reflect on changes occurring in the community’s healthcare organizations and to gain insight into the Franciscan response to change. After opening with Morning Prayer on Saturday, Sister Laura Wolf, CEO of the FSCC HealthCare Ministry Inc. updated all participants on the system’s organizations. Sister Louise Hembrecht, OSF, FSCC Community Director, concluded the session entitled “Change, Change and More Change” sharing on the Community’s own health services to the Sisters. 

100_0882_0367.jpgOther significant individuals that were part of the two-day agenda  included Mary Pineda , a psychotherapist and educator on women’s issues in life transition/change who led sessions entitled  “Chicken Soup for the Franciscan Soul”. Sister Anne Marie Lom, OSF, a spiritual director at St. Raphael’s Parish, Oshkosh, WI,  as well as serving her own Franciscan Sisters,  guided Sunday’s prayerful reflection and group process on the topic ” A Franciscan Approach to Change”. Fr. Richard Klingeisen, former chaplain at Holy Family 100_0859_0356.jpgMemorial Medical Center in transition to serving at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Manitowoc, WI, also presided at the Saturday late morning Eucharistic Liturgy. Sister Patricia Linssen, OSF and Sister Martin Flavin, OSF assisted with organizational and creative needs.

What Franciscan attitude do you think will help you as you deal with change in the coming weeks e.g. carry little, an attitude of openness, being surprised?

4 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters’ Health Assembly-What is Ours to Do?”

  1. Sister Marie Bernadette Dorn says:

    I suppose the meeting was chiefly for the benefit of work in the hospitals and elderly homes. However, we have a marvelous care system for our Sisters. We receive the best of care from our nurse practioners and their staff.They attend to us with love.
    Now as to how much we will carry? We in Hawaii will be very mindful of that as we plan on coming to the Motherhouse for the summer. Starting May 5, the second bag will cost an extra 25 dollars. And the first bag better not be over 50 pounds or the charge is 100 dollars! Or were you talking about how much we carry in our hearts that is unnecessary?

  2. A Franciscan is attuned to the melodies of music present in one’s day. Sister Anne Marie framed her Franciscan spiritual ponderings with this singable mantra:
    Take, O take me as I am;
    summon up what I shall be.
    Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.

    On Sunday afternoon Alpin Hong, a modern day Pied Piper pianist, opened the imaginations of people of all ages in the Silver College Chapel with his stunning technique, contangious humor and extensive repertoire of classical music. Liszi’s “Benediction of God in Solitude” was an especially stirring prayerful composition.

  3. Ellen Herkert says:

    Hi! I just interviewed Sister Mary Anne, and she was a wonderful help to me! I told her i would write a comment, and it sounds like a great order you have in Wisconsin! Thanks again for your help! God Bless
    -Ellen Herkert

  4. It was a joy speaking with you Ellen! I hope the rest of this school year goes well for you and that you have a great summer!
    Peace, prayers and all good things,
    Sister Mary Ann

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