Franciscan Sisters Honor the Unique Service of Priests

by Sister Julie Ann on June 3, 2008

copy-of-img_1686.JPGEverything that [Saint Francis] said to [the brothers] in word, however, he would show them in deed with eagerness and affection. He used to revere prelates and priests of the holy Church, and honored the elderly, the noble, and the wealthy. Moreover, he intimately loved the poor, suffering deeply with them, and he showed himself subject to all…he wanted priests who handle the tremendous and greatest sacraments to be honored uniquely…. (The Legend of Three Companions)

Like the Seraphic Francis, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity foster reverence to priests and deacons who generously serve God and neighbor. During this season of ordination anniversaries, the Sisters remember these servants who are and have served with the Congregation in meeting the needs of the current time with vitality, adaptability, and dedication.

events_1158.jpgSeminarians also receive supportive prayer and personal communications throughout their years of study. Father Dan Schuster, grand nephew of Sister Virginette Schuster, and cousin of Sister Carol Mathe and Sister Barbara Mathe, presided at the 7:05 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Eucharistic Liturgies today at the Motherhouse in gratitude for the community’s prayers during his preparation for the priesthood. Father Dan was ordained on May 31, 2008 at St. Francis Cathedral, Green Bay. Do you have any unique words of affirmation and encouragement for these men of God?

6 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters Honor the Unique Service of Priests”

  1. I am thrilled that Fr. Dan Schuster was able to preside at liturgies at the Motherhouse. I first met (Fr.) Dan as a college student when he was working in our LifeTeen program here at St. Raphael, Oshkosh. He was dynamic and full of energy for the Gospel. Sounds like that has not changed.
    Consider this an open invitation to visit St. Raphael Parish for a LifeTeen Mass in Fall and see what great energy is generated by the Holy Spirit.
    Special congratulations to Fr. Dan and to all who prayerfully supported his journey to ordination.

  2. All of the vocations are so divinely interwoven that to focus on one is to focus on all. To gain more perspective on the priestly life from two brother priests (Fr. Joel and Fr. Benjamin from the Green Bay Diocese) who speak with Gospel assurance of their call to be God’s servants at this time in history click below:

    The Franciscan Friars of the Assumption Province offer a great “Spiritual Toolbox”, an online experience modeled on St. Francis’ life-changing experience at San Damiano that is great for reflection on one’s call to service in the church. Find it here:

  3. Sister Carol Mathe says:

    I just wanted to say how proud I am of Fr. Dan and what a joy it was to be able to attend his Ordination in Green Bay and his First Mass in Oshkosh last weekend. What a blessing for our family and for the Church as he has so much to give. Coincidently, Sister Barbara Mathe was the last vocation from our parish of St. Mary’s in Oshkosh (now Most Blessed Sacrament) and now Fr. Dan takes that honor. To think that the newest vocation is still within our family.

  4. Sisters,
    Thank you for all your support for vocations. I know I felt it as I was preparing for ordination. It is wonderful to feel the accompaniment of your prayers and also to see the good work you do in our diocese. May God bless your order and may you prosper far beyond what is humanly possible.

  5. It is great to have you share on the blog Fr. Joel! We are blessed to be able to minister with so many great priests! Count on our continued prayers!

  6. srosangela says:

    Congratulations, Father Dan. I am so grateful you have remained faithful to your call and became a priest. I’m sure you will serve Him with all your heart. I have seen you at our Motherhouse, and you seem to radiate joy. At Mass I pray for many intentions. Now I realize I should also be praying for the priest who is celebrating the Liturgy. May God continue to bless you and all priests.

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