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After watching the gallery of photos, can you guess which state each of these hat-wearing young people are from? The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are among 20,000 pilgrims that accepted the invitation of the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to encounter Jesus Christ in the NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference), November 19-21, 2009. For those who can’t go or just learned about this Catholic event and desire a virtual pilgrimage click here. For those who desire to follow Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF and their experiences keep reading the comments and look for more photos on Facebook (search for Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity) or follow flick’r.
Let the pilgrimage begin…
Wednesday, November 18
Leave Manitowoc, WI at 5 a.m. Time is of the essence, and the desire to see Kansas City before nightfall was accomplished nine hours later. Lots of homemade medalions, thousands of free music download cards featuring Arlan Feiles’ and Carolyn Arends’ music on Franciscanized World and more ‘stuff” were squeezed in every possible spot in a rolling suitcase. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity display board, a 6 ft. St. Francis banner, etc were also stuffed in the trunk and back seat of the car (of course snacks were given priority placing.)
Thursday, November 19
Arrive at Convention center and mingle with vocation directors, etc. Excitement and a welcoming spirit pervaded throughout the day. The energy of the young people is contagious. We participated in a Eucharistic liturgy planned by Region VIII ( i.e. Dioceses of Fargo, New Ulm, Winona, Bismark, Rapid City, St. Cloud) along with other guests from other places.