Franciscan Sisters Celebrate St. Theresa Kekaha, HI Jubilee

by Sister Julie Ann on October 23, 2016

Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Tupy highlights the recent 75th Jubilee celebration of Saint Theresa Parish, Kekaha, HI. franciscan-sister-mary-ann-tupy-helps-out-at-st-theresa-parish-celebration-kekaha-hi

Saint Theresa Parish in Kekaha celebrated its 75th Jubilee the weekend of the Feast of St. Theresa the Little Flower.  The parish committee, chaired by Ms. Lisa Johnston, worked for two years planning and preparing for this special celebration.  The event was a huge success and all those who attended were impressed by all the wonderful celebrations. franciscan-sister-janet-rose-at-st-theresa-parish-celebration-kekaha-hi

Friday night, September 30th, was youth night.  A talent show of local school children, alumni, and other youth of the parish entertained us with song, dance, and magic tricks.

Saturday night, October 1st, the celebration began with Mass at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Theresa Church.  Father Manuel Howe, vicar for Priests of the diocese of Honolulu, concelebrated with Father Boyet, Pastor.  After Mass there was a “Pa’ina Under the Stars Celebration Dinner”.  Entertainment was “The Kamaaina’s, Frank De Lima (local comedian), and Wally Rita & Los Kaualanos.”  The meal was delicious and the entertainment enjoyable.franciscan-sisters-mary-ann-and-janet-at-st-theresa-kekaha-hi

Sunday morning, October 2nd, there was a Parish Appreciation Brunch served after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. People could choose from a buffet line, pancake bar and an omelet station.  It was great food and wonderful music from Kekoa, Kane of Hu’ewa. 

The committee was exhausted after all the events but basking in the glow of a job well done.


Franciscan Sister’s Call Includes Love for Literature

by Sister Julie Ann on October 21, 2016

Franciscan Sister Natalie Binversie reflects on the call of Sister Martin Flavin and her love not only for literature, but her own extensive writing throughout the years. To read the entire script, click here: franciscan-sister-martin-flavin-reflection

Sister Martin completed additional Graduate Study at Marquette University in 1961 in the field of Education.  Sister Martin was asked to pursue a Doctoral Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  The Ph.D was earned in 1972.  Her dissertation, over 500 pages long is entitled:  “A Critical, Modern-Spelling Edition of the 1629 Quarto of the The Wedding by James Shirley.”franciscan-sister-martin-flavin

Sister Martin taught Elementary, High School and College students before ministering as Director of Development at Silver Lake College.  As vice-president of Mission Effectiveness for the Franciscan Health Advisory Services, Inc.  Sister Martin wrote the script and oversaw the production of the DVD: “A Heritage of Hope: The Mission and Sponsored Ministries of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.”  This DVD is still being used to relay the message of the Mission, Vision and Values of our Sponsored Ministries.  When Sister Martin stepped out of the role of vice-president of Mission Effectiveness she was called upon to support the Ministry Office Staff in a wide variety of projects.  There were no limits on the quality of her creativity which was always a boost to all who benefitted from her involvement!franciscan-sister-martin-flavin-family

Sister Martin continued to share her love for literature, research and drama into her retirement years.  Some recent examples are the writing and directing of Community productions including: “The Dialogue of Saint Francis and Lady Poverty: A Sacred Reading,” Transitus Services including: “Celebration of the Death of Saint Francis Through the Reflections of Saint Clare,” Propositum articles for the International Franciscan Conference of the Third Order Regular, and directing Founders’ Day Programs while she was a member of the Novitiate Team.franciscan-sister-martin-flavin-photos

In recent years Sister Martin worked diligently to help Sister Donna Marie’s research and study of the Community’s history be published in 2014.  A Star of Hope Shone in the Convent Sky will also be a lasting tribute to Sister Martin.franciscan-sister-martin-flavin-literary-work

Do you feel God may be calling you to a life as a Franciscan Sister and serving as a teacher? We invite you to our next discernment retreat. Click here.


Women Religious Gather in Marietta, OH

by Sister Julie Ann on October 19, 2016

Franciscan Sister Sharon Paul sends greetings after a gathering of Women Religious in the Diocese of Stenbenville, OH.

Women Religious serving in the Steubenville Diocese like to gather at least once a year in a prayerful setting. The beauty of  the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, Marietta, Ohio was heart-warming and perfect for this event.  Msgr. J. Michael Campbell, Delegate for Religious, welcomed everyone.  franciscan-sisters-in-cambridge-gather-with-other-religious-in-marietta-oh

The noon parish Mass was celebrated by Bishop Jeffrey Monforton. In his homily the Bishop thanked the Sisters for their years of service.  He said: “The Sisters’ lives show the steadfast service of the vows and they are spiritual enablers, shining the light of Jesus to others.” franciscan-sisters-at-marietta-oh-eucharist-for-religious

A delicious Luncheon followed as the Sisters shared what is happening in their lives and communities. Postulants and novices were also present and it was truly a “Celebration of Gratitude.”

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St. Francis Celebrations in the AZ Desert

by Sister Julie Ann on October 17, 2016

Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Spanjers recaps AZ St. Francis Celebrations.

St. Francis Celebrations in the Tucson desert began Sat. Oct. 2nd  with 16 Sisters gathering for a Franciscan picnic in the patio of San Xavier Convent! Sisters from Yuma, Sierra Vista, Casa Grande and Bapchule joined in a time of prayer, great food and lots of sharing!franciscan-sisters-in-the-desert-missions

The evening of the Transitus began in the patio of the Church. The Friars and Sisters enjoyed a meal, followed by a candle light procession into the Juan Diego Chapel, they prayed together a beautiful remembrance of Father Francis  passing from this life into the new life of Jesus!st-francis transitus of st. francis

The procession of the Friars and Sisters then went into San Xavier Church to join hundreds of pilgrims of the Tohono O’odham celebrating the Vigil of St. Francis with singing, music, carrying the image of St. Francis in procession around the plaza and fireworks, followed by a live band dance and of course food until 1:00a.m. This beautiful celebration was repeated on the night of Oct. 4th! Bishop Kicanas and Father Max at St. Francis Feast

On the Feastday itself Sister Carla had the opportunity to join the reservation folks at Topawa for their grand celebration of the Feast. Bishop Kicanas celebrated the Mass having the huge crowd of Tohono O’odham from all corners of the reservation shouting GOOD! GREAT! FANTASTIC! throughout his homily. WHY? because God has called us to be his children through Baptism; because we have St. Francis, all the saints and our ancestors walking with us on our pilgrimage through life;  because we come together to celebrate with Mass and feasting and fun!staffs-of-all-the-pilgrims-at-topawaSister Carla was awed at how the celebration has grown since she lived in Topawa. She enjoyed visiting with acquaintances from the reservation and updating people on the whereabouts of our sisters who have served there. God provided perfect weather for each celebration!

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Franciscan Gospel Call Reaches Out to Special Needs Children

October 15, 2016

Franciscan Sister Natalie Binversie shares on the life of Sister Marie Emmanuel Leannah and her many ways of responding to God’s call to live the Gospel. One of these ways was preparing special needs children for First Communion. Read Sister Natalie’s entire text: sister-marie-emmanuels-reflection Sister Marie Emmanuel taught the primary grades for 50 years in Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona, Ohio, and Hawaii.  Along with her […]

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Franciscan Just Gospel: Pope Francis’ October Prayer Intention

October 13, 2016

Franciscan Sister Kathleen Murphy reflects on Pope Francis’ October Prayer intention. Each morning of this month we are asked to pray, that journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics. The Society of Professional Journalists state in the Preamble to their Code of […]

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