Xavier High School Students Receive Vocation Inspiration

by Sister Julie Ann on January 23, 2009

edge-xavier.jpgJanuary 20, 2009 was not the first day a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity walked into Xavier High School, Appleton, WI,  to share on the call to be a consecrated religious. The truth told, when the school opened its doors September 1959, Sister Peter Stengl, OSF, principal, and six other Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (including Sister Xaveria Wittmann, OSF) staffed the girls’ section.

img_5098.jpgToday fify years later, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF, a proud Xavier graduate, returned with postulant Pam Peasel to inspire the over sixty young women involved in a junior class retreat day about the Franciscan way of life.

Here’s one of the student’s favorite prayer:

I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me. (Phil 4:13)

Doesn’t that young woman’s choice of scripture text sound like the Franciscan spirit is still alive and well? Xavier High School was recognized this year as one of the top fifty Catholic high schools in the nation.

3 thoughts on “Xavier High School Students Receive Vocation Inspiration”

  1. I always enjoy returning to Xavier! So many memories and so much that has developed since my time there! The students were great! They asked very thoughtful questions, shared a lot about their hopes, fears, faith, and inner selves. Despite some technological glitches, it was a neat afternoon and of course Pam was a great witnesses for these young women! My hope for the Church is strong!

  2. During this year of St. Paul, it is good to see that his quotes continue to be inspiring. A good companion action quote with this text from Phil 4:13 is one attributed to St. Francis: START by doing what’s necessary; then DO what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the IMPOSSIBLE.

  3. Sister Rosangela says:

    “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” This is one of my favorite quotes from St.Francis. I’m sure the very presence of our Sisters at Xavier High School and now the visit by Sister Mary Ann and Pam gave witness to many students. It’s not so much what we say, but that we are a living sign of someone giving their life to Christ.

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