Read About Franciscan Sisters’ Memories of NCYC

by Sister Julie Ann on November 19, 2009

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img_7036.jpgAfter watching the gallery of photos, can you guess which state each of these hat-wearing young people are from? The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are among 20,000 pilgrims that accepted the invitation of the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to encounter Jesus Christ in the NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference), November 19-21, 2009. For those who can’t go or just learned about this Catholic event and desire a virtual pilgrimage click here. For those who desire to follow Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF and their experiences keep reading the comments and look for more photos on Facebook (search for Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity) or follow flick’r.

Let the pilgrimage begin…

Wednesday, November 18

ncyc09logo-180wh.jpgLeave Manitowoc, WI at 5 a.m. Time is of the essence, and the desire to see Kansas City before nightfall was accomplished nine hours later. Lots of homemade medalions, thousands of free music download cards featuring Arlan Feiles’ and Carolyn Arends’ music on Franciscanized World and more ‘stuff” were squeezed in every possible spot in a rolling suitcase. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity display board, a 6 ft. St. Francis banner, etc were also stuffed in the trunk and back seat of the car (of course snacks were given priority placing.)

Thursday, November 19

img_7034.jpgArrive at Convention center and mingle with vocation directors, etc. Excitement and a welcoming spirit pervaded throughout the day. The energy of the young people is contagious. We participated in a Eucharistic liturgy planned by Region VIII ( i.e. Dioceses of Fargo, New Ulm, Winona, Bismark, Rapid City, St. Cloud) along with other guests from other places.

9 thoughts on “Read About Franciscan Sisters’ Memories of NCYC”

  1. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    What a FANTASTIC experience to meet and see so many teens from all over witnessing and sharing on many topics and celebrating the Eucharist together. YES, some of our students from Central Catholic High School, West Point, Nebraska, along with their leader, Lisa Hunke are in Kansas also. We are all praying for you and share the Lord’s message far & wide! The hats are really clever!

  2. You may have noticed that we are placed in the exhibition hall between the Benectine monks from St. Meinrads and a Holy Cross priest (yes, Notre Dame, Indiana is one of his community’s sponsored institutions.)

  3. Sister Mary Bodwin says:

    Good morning Sisters Julie Ann and Mary Ann,
    Hope you are having a successful venture.
    Today it is suppose to be 50 and a little sun.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Keep up the spreading of the Good News.
    God love you,
    Sister Mary

  4. Good morning Sister Mary and all! We are enjoying the 22,000 high school students! The sun is up here in Kansas City as well!!! It is great being here, everyone is so friendly and welcoming! We love the hats and the excitment of the teens! Thanks so much for the prayers! Peace and all good!

  5. Do check out our flick’r page for new photos.

    We ended Thursday with Eucharist. Bishop Lucas from the Diocese of Omaha presided with lots and lots of priests! Large groups of youth from various dioceses sat together wearing similar clothing. Prayer was strong and spirited.

  6. We rolled out of NCYC before the closing Mass after having another full day of meeting young people from throughout the U.S. During part of the afternoon, Sister Mary Ann helped lead a discernment sectional with other vocation directors, while I monitored booth action. Check out some construction action in our flick’r photos that I was able to observe from our exhibit area.

    We celebrated Sunday liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception which was within walking distance of the Convention Center. Tomorrow we head for home with many memories of Kansas City NCYC…and with our suitcase of give away items weighing a lot less.

  7. I prayed for you and the attendees each day. I hope the fruit of your labors will be abundant as I give thanks this week for who you are and what you do and how you bring hope to so many of us in the community and those who desire to enter. Thank you!

  8. Kathryn Harvey says:

    Hi Sr. Mary Ann and Sr. Julie Ann!

    I missed seeing you both at NCYC, but know that both of you along with the other FSCC sisters are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you had a great time in Kansas City!

    Peace and all good,

  9. Hi Kathryn,
    How neat to hear from you! Too bad we did not connect at NCYC, however with 22,000 high school students there it is easy to understand! Hope that you are doing well?! Count on our prayers for you!
    Peace and all good!

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