Is there any room for a Franciscan focus on this Pope Benedict XVI-proclaimed time of grace and blessing? On October 19, 2012, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invited young adults to reflect with us on the significance of St. Francis’ and His Gospel way of life during this Year of Faith. Franciscan Brother Joseph Wood, OFM Conv and Assumption of BVM Province Friar Father Placid Stroik, OFM, as well as Diocese of Green Bay Vocation Director Father Daniel Schuster were our special guests. Sister Mary Ann Spanjers facilitated the evening of guided reflection.
Francican Postulants Mary, Rexann and Chelsea, as well as Novice Sister Regina Rose offered significant young adult participation. They retold the remarkable story of St. Francis’ own journey of faith from Thomas of Celano’s Legend for Use in the Choir which Sister Martin Flavin had adapted into a dramatic choral reading. Chelsea, ( Take Time to Wonder cd), also entertained her own music compositions and commentary adding an evangelizing-flavor to the experience.
The program was divided into 3 movements. All present were invited to meditate on God’s Word so as to enter into a deeper relationship with Him. Throughout the evening, enriching podcasts, narrated by our own Franciscan Sisters, personalized facets of Franciscan spirituality showing its relevance today. In complementary fashion, Brother Joseph showed slides visualizing fraternal life in his own Province. Most important, proclamation of the 3 Scriptural texts used by St. Francis to identify his way of life were also woven into the overall presentation.
St. Francis was portrayed as one whose prayer in action showed his baptismal faith. Fittingly, our celebration of the Year of Faith culminated with Father Schuster’s invitation to publicly renew our Baptismal promises. True to St. Francis desire for all people, Father Placid sent us out to proclaim the Gospel with a blessing of peace.