Coat of Arms Reveals Franciscan Legacy

by Sister Julie Ann on January 28, 2009

coat-arms.jpgLooking carefully at the lower left quadrant of the Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha, WI, coat of arms, crossed hands of Christ and St. Francis are found. This a reminder of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s presence in this place of learning for over fifty years.

On Tuesday of the national observance of Catholic School’s Week, January 27, 2009, members of the Franciscan community were again present on campus and attended junior theology classes. Welcomed by President Father Paul B. R. Hartmann, an alumni of the school, img_5221.jpgPrincipal Dr. Mark Schmitt, faculty, and others,  Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF and Postulant Pam Peasel were invited for a vocation panel. Students were attentive,  interested and witnessed to the beauty of Catholic education and its relevance in their lives.

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (USCCB) The purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to build community awareness of, and involvement in, Catholic schools throughout the country.

What are your comments regarding Catholic education in our country?

4 thoughts on “Coat of Arms Reveals Franciscan Legacy”

  1. Catholic Memorial High School is a place of friendly, respectful students, committed teachers, and a very welcoming principal and president! It was a neat expereince to be there and share our life with the Junior religion classes.

    Something that I think the students learned in a particularly fun experience was how God works in mysterious ways in our everyday lives! Due to a water main break in the city, school was canceled during the third hour class.

    Seeing the unexpected joy and excitement on the faces of the students made my day! God does work in our lives in such unexpected ways… responding to His call is mysterious, exciting, joyful and never boring! I look forward to out return visit!

  2. Not every Catholic School can boast during this year of St. Paul that it’s motto “Caritas in Omnibus,” was adopted from the first letter to the Corinthians. (And that it’s president also bears the name of Paul!)

  3. I find, in parishes, the majority of people who serve on parish councils and in lay ministry are products of Catholic Schools. The early formation of habits of prayer, scholastic curiosity and personal discipline grow and bloom as an individual matures. I salute and support all involved in Catholic Education and pray for their well being.

  4. Sister Pat Sevcik says:

    I was surprised to find Pam home early on Tuesday. Then, I heard about the water main break. Pam had the gift of some extra time for study that day. As I recall my years in Catholic grade school, I am very thankful for having had Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity as teachers in all but my 4th grade. The values I was taought there were critical foundation stones.The lives of those FSCC’s surely impacted me and my decision to come to the aspirancy in Manitowoc. I am so happy I responded to that call and I am still responding!I pray that young people today will be attentive to the call of God in their lives and be willing to respond wholeheartedly.

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