While Memorial Day recalls the men and women who have died in our nation’s service (a tradition possibly begun by organized women’s groups in the South who lovingly decorated graves before the end of the Civil War), Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity also decorate and celebrate our own tradition Memorial Day Weekend.
On Sunday, May 30, 2010, our Franciscan Sisters who answered the call to consecrated life serving God for 75 and 60 years ago were remembered with jubilation at a special Eucharistic liturgy followed by a festive dinner by family, friends and community members. Bishop David Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, was invited to preside at the Eucharistic celebration.
Our Sisters commemorating their religious profession anniversaries were:
75 years: Sister Mary Zigo, Sister Madonna Schmelzle, Sister Jo LaVerne Keimig
60 years: Sister Paulita Adrian, Sister Juanita Wilson, Sister Roselani Gomes, Sister Marietta Marmes, Sister Johanna Kalscheur, Sister Carmen Rank, Sister Mary Eileen McGuigan, Sister Aquin Van Arkel, Sister Lucy Dorn
Called to Be a Franciscan Sister
Each jubilarian has her own story of how she was called to be a Franciscan Sister. Sister Paulita Adrian, OSF, and Sister Roselani Gomes, OSF share a bit about their journey as Catholic women religious.