Remembering the ‘Cornerstones of Life’

by Sister Julie Ann on November 9, 2009

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img_6988-copy.jpgA Founders’ Day Program is tradition to the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. This year Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel, OSF, built her script around  the ‘Cornerstones of Life’ and invited the Novitiate Community of Sisters to assist her in presenting a 140 year old ‘blast from the past’. To include ‘Cornerstones’ in the title of the program was an already endearing choice of words since it is a term used figuratively in the Community’s Constitututions to describe the charism or spirit of the Congregation.

Here are a few passages of the November 9, 2009 evening presentation:

img_6983.jpg143 years ago on June 5, 1866, Theresa Gramlich left her home in St. Nazianz to work in Clarks Mills. In a matter of three years, on November 9, 1869 Theresa Gramlich, along with four other companions were received into the novitiate, this marking our very beginning as a religious community, the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity…Theresa Gramlich is considered the “foundation stone on which approximately 2034 women have worked to build a religious community which has far-reaching effects in the Church.” It is through this foundation stone that this community has grown and blossomed through the years multiplying into the many different cornerstones that make up our life…

img_6986.jpgDon’t worry, we checked the annals and nowhere does it state that a building can have too many cornerstones.

140 years…WOW..140 years…there is a good piece of history that has occurred in that time span. Many changes took place not only in the world, but even in our very backyard.

Not only has our community experienced many firsts throughout the years, there is also a wealth of wisdom and may we now share with you some thoughts of our Sisters from years past…

Any remembrances of Founders’ Day Programs present or past that you continue to replay in your memory?

7 thoughts on “Remembering the ‘Cornerstones of Life’”

  1. Although there were many waves of nostalgia in Sister Pamela Catherine’s well-researched script, the candid photos of Sister Roberta Wolff in all the habits worn by the community over our 140 year old history was especially poignant. (Sister died at age 100 on October 19, 2009.)

  2. Sister Mary Bodwin says:

    I heard many wonderful comments about the Founders Day Program.The novices and Sister Natalie put an amazing slide show together.I know that many hours went into getting it all together.
    Thank you Sisters, it was well worth your time and effort.
    Sister Mary Bodwin

  3. I loved the dual expression and illustration of our “cornerstones!” The novices and team members did so well at sharing the spiritual cornerstones on which our Congregation is built:
    simplicity–firmly built on faith in a loving God;
    joyful acceptance of poverty;
    love for the Chruch;
    selfless dedication to the service of others;

    as well as sharing about the Sisters of the past and even some of the present, who exemplify these cornerstones!!!
    Bravo Sister Pamela Catherine and your novitiate community!

  4. Sister Rosangela Weiland says:

    Many thanks to all who took part in the Founders Day presentation. I am amazed at the creativity in presenting this program. It was truly wonderful and makes me appreciate our community heritage more than ever. Perhaps it could be repeated this summer for those who were not able to be here. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again either!!! Special praise to Sister Pamela Catherine for her expertise on the computer.
    Sister Rosangela

  5. Sister Kay says:

    A truly inspiring presentation that renews my heart and pride in being a member of our Franciscan communty. It was a terrific way to celebrate our 140th anniversary. Your command of technology was superb! Thanks for the wonderful program!

  6. Sr. Delores Wisnicky says:

    Thank you for the prayerful and inspiring reflection on our 140 years of service. I am so glad I came to see and experience it. The Spirit used you in wonderful ways…
    I am deeply grateful to you. You are precious gifts of the Lord!

  7. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    Congratulations on bringing the past into reality once again to CELEBRATE our blessed HERITAGE as Franciscan Srs. of Christian Charity. Kudos to you, Sr. Pamela Catherine & your participants. Keep up your dedicated labors!

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