How to Be a Transformational Witness of Hope

by Sister Julie Ann on June 27, 2009

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Hours after Dominican Fr. Thomas Mc Gonigle, O.P. finished preaching Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical message of hope to a group of retreatants at the Motherhouse,  the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity began celebrating the Silver and Golden jubilees of their Sisters.

50 years

Sister Margie Traeger, Sister Mary Stephen Keller, Sister Mary Ann Nugent, Sister Mary Gabriel Van Dreel, Sister June Smith, Sister Alice Marie Hickok, Sister Judith Norwick, Sister Dorothy Wagner, Sister Carol Mathe, Sister Maryanne Froehlich

25 years

Sister Joellen Kohlmann, Sister Helen Marie Paul

Just how are these Sisters and each person called to be transformational witnesses of hope?

  • Keep the world open to God; your commitment to God opens the door of hope for others.
  • Look at the common good; foster an ability to adapt, a generosity of spirit.
  • Hang on to formal prayer; the sacraments, etc., set the stage, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to deeper levels of prayer.
  • Continually hand to Christ our lives trusting in his healing work within us (on his time table). Don’t give up.
  • God’s Word is crucial; it is there for the on-going development of our lives.

Do you have special words of hope or blessing for these Franciscan Sisters?

8 thoughts on “How to Be a Transformational Witness of Hope”

  1. Dear Sisters,
    What a great picture! You are all in my thoughts and prayers, I would have loved to be with you yesterday! It is such a great time to be at the Motherhouse celebrating Jubilees! I did find myself thinking about all of you often as I spent time studying! I could feel the joy of each of you even from a distance!Special blessings upon you!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Sister Mary Ann. We know you are taking your Old Testament course at Boston College seriously. We did have a wonderful day with all the jubilarians.

    I did hear from Sister Hannah who is at St. Michael College in Burlington, Vermont. She, too, is grateful for the new knowledge that is hers, but especially for the good people that she is blessed to meet.

  3. Sister Rosangela says:

    Celebrating a Jubilee in our Community is certainly a beautiful, joyful affair. Having been a hostess I was there for the delicious breakfast and heard the inspiring message of Sister Louise. The beautiful solemnity of the Mass with the Bishop presiding, all the priests concelebrating and the heavenly music of the choir and everyone participating was wonderful. Then the dinner as a culmination of events. Who could ask for anything more? We are truly blessed to be a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity.

  4. It is wonderful to see women who have chosen God and dedicated their lives to service and charity in the Franciscan spirit.

    Congratulations to the sisters and I look forward to seeing you all again in the fall!

  5. The world is renewed with ‘transformational hope’ with every decision to choose Christ and to learn more about God’s word in Scripture and the traditions of the Catholic Church. Wendy, delight in growing in your relationship with Christ. May the Lord bless you.

  6. S. Patricia Sevcik says:

    Dear Sisters, I greet you from St. Bonaventure University in NY! Congratulations on the celebration of your Jubilee!! Your photo is lovely. My prayer for you is that you continue to give praise and thanks to our great God by your lives of vowed commitment. God so generously pours out overabundance and you have given back your all. God bless each of you abundantly! May God be praised!!

  7. I send blessings and prayers to each of you. You are each a living sign of the fruitfulness of hope. My life is more rich and full for having known you. Your presence is transformational because you care about our common life and prayer. Thank you!

  8. Transformational witness of hope: be a person of charity and truth. Pope Benedict’s latest message for us moves us to active charity for our brothers and sisters, an “extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.” My Sisters who celebrate jubilee have been open to the power of this kind of love.

    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate_en.html

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