Another Reason Why St. Josephat Basilica is a Catholic Crown Jewel

by Sister Julie Ann on October 22, 2012

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity agree that Milwaukee can boast of Catholic Crown Jewel St. Josephat Basilica. On Sunday October 21, 2012, after having our own experience in this historic south-side Conventual Franciscan parish, we drove back to Manitowoc, WI,  with precious memories of meeting vibrant young people. Our new-found companions on our latest road trip are part of the richness of  this historic place of pilgrimage and why this space is a grace during this Year of Faith.

Talia Fehrenbach, a sensitive servant leader, invited our Vocation Team and Postulants to attend Sunday evening religious education in a building across the basilica through the parking lot in an upper room. Talia as youth and young adult leader (and she also assists in the coordination of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee ARISE) answered a desire from those who typically gather at night on the Lord’s day of wanting to actually meet religious.

Our lesson plan was quite simple. We shared a bit about ourselves, extended an invitation through one of our called to be Franciscan Sisters youtube podcasts to our 2013 Camp Franciscan April weekend  (which is still in the planning stages) and/or to a  November Discernment Retreat. The opportunity for a date for evening prayer and a meal at our Motherhouse was also another follow-up option.

In small group discussions about prayer and vocation,  we found out that one of the young people’s own favorite places to pray is a sacred, hometown, Renaissance-wonder, 1929 minor basilica . No surprise, eh? You, too,  may want to check out St. Josephat Basilica as a Year of Faith pilgrimage with those you love .


5 thoughts on “Another Reason Why St. Josephat Basilica is a Catholic Crown Jewel”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    Our Postulants’ joy was contagious! It was an extra blessing having them join us and the young women of St. Josaphat’s youth group!

  2. It was so nice to be there and connect with these beautiful young ladies, hope to them again sometime 🙂

  3. I enjoyed sharing my story as well as hearing how each of these young women live out their relationship with God! They are a beautiful group!

  4. Talia Fehrenbach says:

    Thank you so much for coming, ladies! The girls really appreciated how approachable and “real” you all are. I appreciate you living out your vocation with such joy. 🙂


  5. I have been to St. Josephat Basilica and found it quite majestic. I am happy our postulants had that experience. Sounds like all who went there were a blessing to those who invited you. Thank you for “letting the public in” on your adventures!

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