On April 24, 2012 Bishop David Ricken invited young inquirers and Women Religious of the Diocese of Green Bay to explore together the vocation to the Consecrated Religious Life. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were happy to RSVP to this special invitation and invited our own guests to travel along with us. Two other Congregations (Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, Green Bay, WI, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, LaCrosse, WI) also witnessed their own Community spirit.
Important to ‘Project Elizabeth’ was an opening 5:30 p.m. Eucharist (in which Sister Carol Juckem, Sister Regina Rose, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers and Regina accompanied with keyboard and guitars in a prayerful, yet upbeat spirit) at St. Joseph Chapel on the Diocesan Campus. Bishop Ricken led us all in this sacrament that is the source and summit of our Christian lives.
Event planner, Father Daniel Schuster, Diocese of Green Bay Vocation Director, was assisted with additional man power from Dan, Luke and John who helped serve not only at Mass, but the meal. Carol Ricken, Bishop Ricken’s sister, not only added a colorful, feminine touch to the environment as well as baked delicious dessert items, but truly was a gracious hostess.
While ‘recounting all that happened on the way’ home from Green Bay, our invited companions felt Bishop Ricken’s homily was the most helpful resource of the evening. Of course, needing to leave quite early from Manitowoc to be present for the Eucharist and feeling quite ‘starved’ after full days of school, all agreed the luscious mostaccioli meal and desserts placed a healthy second. All were grateful to hear the Sisters’ stories.
We invite you to consider an invitation to Bishop Ricken’s next Project Elizabeth Dinner.