Following a tradition begun by Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, Sister Julie Ann Sheahan was present as a spiritual companion to University of Wisconsin Stevens Point students for the annual Point Catholic Busy Student Retreat. The near Valentine’s Day event’s theme was: I will make room in my heart for you, O God.This is quite the New Evangelization moment! Campus Minister Wendy Mitch facilitates the extensive planning. 62 students were paired with 8 spiritual directors for daily one on one Scripture sharing from Monday through Thursday. An Evening Meal, Evening Prayer and Preaching helped deepen the experience allowing for integration in a community. Indeed, Holy Spirit Parish members generously gave of themselves whether preparing and serving the different day’s menus or dropping off needed ingredients. This support was a tremendous witness of how our Church serves each other.
A helpful retreat guide was distributed with schedule, prayer helps, Gospel for the day with accompanying reflection questions and a liturgy aid for Evening Prayer. Father Dennis Lynch and Father Frank Corradi assisted with the daily liturgies and Evening Preaching and Night Prayer. Their inspiration helped direct healthy, heart reflection. As always, the students’ singing in the Newman Center chapel was truly awesome!
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulant Colleen reflects on her experience at St. Paul Convent, Kaukauna, WI.
As you may know, my mission trip was to St. Paul’s Convent in Kaukauna. St. Paul Elder Services has a beautiful facility and I was asked to be a part of two departure ceremonies and an anointing. I was able to spend time visiting with residents, and take part in their activities. I was invited to sing at daily Mass and transfer residents to the chapel.
Cooking was on the agenda and proper setting of the table. Snow shoveling was a big part of the outside physical activity. A highlight was our trip to St. Fidelis Friary for Mass and dinner. Many of the benefactors were present.
It was an amazing experience at St. Paul’s and the Sisters were kind and welcomed me into their home. Thank you for this experience.
On this day after Valentine’s Day, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity spotlight University of Wisconsin Richland Center’s Professor Aharon Zorea’s lastest post Rehabilitating St. Valentine’s Day on his ZoreaNotes — Thoughts & Ideas, Stories & Essays.
My first memories of St. Valentine’s Day were from my kindergarten and first grade classrooms. We cut giant hearts out of red construction paper, we used glue and glitter, and we wrote pretty words of love for our Moms – because we obviously love our mothers. I also remember making dozens and dozens of hand-made valentines (not the big ones, but the smaller hearts) with handwritten notes to each of my classmates, and to my teacher. On Valentine’s Day itself we secretly placed our cards on each desk. Later, the teacher would announce the time for our party and we would share mountains of candy and sing songs and generally laugh and smile and enjoy the happy day. Read more.
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In ordinary and extra-ordinary times St. Francis grew to be ever amazed at how good God was in all circumstances of his life. In this spirit, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity spotlight Chelsea Moon’s I Stand Amazed.
The reason I selected “I Stand Amazed” for my second hymn album was first because I love songs that focus on the Cross. I also love the lyrical contrast between the first two verses and the choruses, from darkness to light, hence our changing the arrangement of the song to match lyrics with melody, in corresponding minor and major keys. The third and final chorus is joyful, looking to our future in heaven with Christ, hence the remainder of the song from that point forward, was arranged in a major key.
About Chelsea Moon
Chelsea is a recording and performing veteran who has contributed vocals to animated television hits for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, on shows including Jimmy Neutron, Fairly Odd Parents and Back At the Barnyard. (She is also the voice of Kasumi for the Dead or Alive video game series).
Chelsea released her sophomore album in March of 2012, entitled Hymn Project: Volume 2, in collaboration with two brothers from an Arkansas-based bluegrass family band, called the Franz Family. She had a big in arranging the collection of bluegrass hymns, and as an artist, she loved the challenge in having more ownership of the project from the ground up. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the brothers, (Emmett Franz on dobro & Caleb Franz on acoustic guitar & mandolin) and they completed a 5-month album release tour, from the Midwest US, Southern US, Arizona, California, and 7 countries in Continental Europe. Read more.
On this feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Postulant Megan shares about Sister Mardelle Meinholz’s ministry at Our Lady of Good Help Shrine, Champion, WI. Imagine visiting a shrine and you have all sorts of questions. While you could read various signs or look for pamphlets to peruse, you wonder if maybe you could just […]
Immaculate Conception Parish, Yuma, AZ recently hosted the 4th Annual Run/Walk with the Nuns. Franciscan Sisters were among them. Winter mornings in the desert are a great time to exercise. Combining this with a good cause of vocation awareness of the consecrated life, the timing couldn’t be better. Franciscan Sister Charleen Acker had this to say about the […]
Some songs are timeless. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are pleased to feature once again the collaborative energies of Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen in the beautiful ‘Song of... Read more & listen to the song →
Image of the Month
San Damiano Crucifix, photographed by Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Regina Rose Pearson