Franciscan Sisters at First Ever Steubenville On the Lake

by Sister Julie Ann on July 27, 2016

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were present for the first ever Wisconsin Steubenville On The Lake Youth Conference July 22-24, 2016. We were not alone. More than 2,200 teens and young adults gathered at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.Franciscan Sisters at Steubenville On the Lake 2016

Aside from attending some powerful liturgies and speakers, we were blessed with conversations with young people, youth ministers, chaperones, Bishop John Doerfler and priests from all over Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.Franciscan Sisters at Steubenville On the Lake 2016 with Diocese of Marquette participants

May we continue to live the conference theme: “Thirst…But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”


Franciscan Sisters Journey to WYDKrakow2016 Part 2

by Sister Julie Ann on July 25, 2016

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity on pilgrimage to World Youth Day Krakow 2016 share texts. Reading between the lines, the journey includes the Communion of Saints and many opportunities to pray for all of our special intentions.

July 23-July 25

We took a side trip today into Frankfurt as our flight had been cancelled due to bad weather.  (See our facebook page for all pictures.)

This gentleman treated us to sparkling cider and German bread at the market.Franciscan Sisters in Frankfurt Germany WYDKrakow2016

We enjoyed German brats for lunch.

We went to the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew and Father John had Mass for us in the adoration chapel.Franciscan Sisters in Frankfurt Germany Cathedral WYDKrakow2016

Flew to Katowice.

Waiting for the bus at 1 p.m. (Unable to get a shuttle to Krakow.)

In a local hotel and will shuttle out tomorrow morning. Have a good night! We most certainly are!!!

Everyone is in high spirits and Sister Mary Teresa is loving this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning!!!  We had a wonderful 3 hours of sleep last night and just spent the day in Czestochowa.  We celebrated Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.Franciscan Sisters at WYDKrakow2016 JPII

Here is the quarry St. John Paul II worked at before the war. It is now a lake with wonderful hiking trails. Plan is to pray there together tomorrow morning before Mass.
Franciscan Sisters JPII Quarry WYDKrakow2016

Good morning!! WOW!! We entered the heart of Krakow today!  So amazing!

It is so wonderful to see so many people from all over the world!!

We visited the Cathedral of The Holy Cross where St. John Paul II was Archbishop and toured center court of the city.

We are on our way to the Salt Mines!!

July 26

All we can say is the day so far has been amazing!!!

We have met so many people and truly experienced the Polish culture!

The city we are staying in wanted to share their heritage with us today.

We walked up a mountain John Paul II walked up frequently for prayer.

At the top we enjoyed Polish food and took part in MANY traditional dances.

We watched them present to us their dances as well in traditional dress.

The opening Mass for WYD is tonight, however, I am not sure if we are going to that.

Too much concern I think, we won’t make it back to our place of stay on time.

We are not living with host families but are rooming together in a couple of rooms at a school.

Today was so beautiful and we all, including the others within our group felt connected to so many others!

Many pictures and videos to share!!


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Franciscan Sisters Journey to WYD Krakow 2016

by Sister Julie Ann on July 22, 2016

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are on fire to meet Pope Francis in WYD Kraków 2016. This morning we blessed our pilgrims with our traditional Blessing of St. Francis at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI. Franciscan Sisters at WYD2016

Backpacks in hand, Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel, Sister Monica Martin, Sister Regina Rose Pearson and Sister Mary Teresa Bettag next boarded a van for a Departure Mass at the Cousins Center, Milwaukee, WI. They are traveling with others from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Please join us in prayer for them and all who journey to WYD 2016

WYD2016“Allow the spark of merciful love that you have enkindled within us become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth. Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us. Saint John Paul II, pray for us. Saint Faustina, pray for us.” (Pilgrims Prayer WYD 2016)


Franciscans’ Humidifiers Serve God’s Creation

by Sister Julie Ann on July 21, 2016

Is your humidifier running in your home? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are collecting our abundance of Wisconsin inside moisture to water creation around our Motherhouse grounds.Franciscan Sisters Sister WaterSpecifically, we are watering flowers on our porches, and also tenderly caring for vegetable plants.Franciscan Sister Sister Water2

As St. Francis writes in the Canticle of the Creatures, “Praised by my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.”Franciscan Sisters beautify creation

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Franciscan Sisters Focus on Good Health

July 18, 2016

Good Health: Making Small Changes…for Lasting Results. This was the theme of a recent Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity health day.  Sister Anne Turba, NP, and Barb Backus, NP, provided information to help any of us, whether young or old (or in-between) to stay well or improve our health. We were encouraged to make this year […]

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Franciscan Sisters Reflect on Faithful Citizenship

July 16, 2016

Elections are coming. On July 14, 2016 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invited Catherine Orr, Living Justice Coordinator for the Diocese of Green Bay to facilitate a presentation on Faithful Citizenship. Catherine provided summaries of the U.S. Bishops’ reflection, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, complementing the teaching of bishops in dioceses and states. Helpful Tips […]

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