Franciscan Community Takes Next Step Toward General Chapter

by Sister Julie Ann on April 7, 2013

It was another real homecoming April 5-7, 2013. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s Delegates and Alternates actually arrived from the 4 directions by foot, car and plane for one last meeting in preparation for our June 2013 General Chapter at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI. (Our General Chapter occurs every 6 years for the purpose of promoting suitable renewal and treats major Congregational business matters.)

In typical Franciscan fashion, first on this weekend’s agenda was a social! Of course, Community Director Sister Louise Hembrecht also warmly welcomed all of us home. St. Francis Chapel was the setting for a candle-light Night Prayer.  Several selections of Taize music highlighting the Easter octave’s festive spirit of joy were sung with grateful hearts.

Important to this meeting was the review of the General Administration Report-a collection of all the Congregational happenings and work that has transpired since the last General Chapter. Sister Ritarose Stahl, Sister Judanne Stratman and Sister Lorita Gaffney were elected to be the ‘official examiners’. Chapter Planning Committee (Sister Mary Edith Schimpf, Sister Anne Marie Selinsky, Sister Camilla Wolfgram, Sister Myra Jean Sweigart and Sister Natalie Binversie) provided leadership and managed many behind the scenes arrangements in conjunction with members of the General Administration.

Much of the remaining time was spent in preparing presentation papers and sample ballots on submitted proposals from the Community. Major topics were discussed and worked on in 4 committees- Growth, Administration, Ministry and Community.

Sunday included a practice session on parliamentary procedure, a review of significant manuals to be used in June and announcements on the details of final work assignments and deadlines. Our Community Chapter begins June 16, 2013. We invite you to please continue to pray with us.

St. Francis, pray for us.

Note: Can you name any of the Sisters pictured in these photos?

4 thoughts on “Franciscan Community Takes Next Step Toward General Chapter”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    This was a wonderful renewing, hope-filled weekend discussing, praying, celebrating, working and sharing our Franciscan Sisters’ life together! One of the most inspiring things about our gathering together is to be with each other singing and praying together in Chapel — the presence of the Holy Spirit cannot be more real!!!!

  2. Kathy Schlossmacher says:

    I will include your preparations in my prayers! your community is such a presence of Christ in this world for so many of our lives, (including my own) our world would be so poor without you sisters)!

  3. I experienced such “sisterly” care, concern, patience and love at these sessions. The Easter spirit of “noticing God everywhere” prevailed. Seeing the sisters from “the four directions” enlivens my soul and uplifts my spirit. Praying, singing, discussing, eating and laughing are food for body and soul. Many thanks to all who helped orchestrate this weekend.

  4. Sr. Delores says:

    I am grateful to the Lord for the Easter Joy I experienced there. Chapel was decorated just beautifully where we gathered to pray. I thank God for the gift of my sisters and all that they are teaching me by the way they live. Thank you to all who made the time very holy!

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