June 13 is one of those red-marked days found on a Franciscan calendar. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity chose to make St. Anthony of Padua’s feastday truly notable by celebrating the Rite of Initiation into Religious Life , a ceremony of passage for new members who desire to learn and live our way of life. This year Sister Isabelle (Marie) Wilhelm and Sister Monica (Kara) Martin received their Sister names and began their journey of living the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience while learning the essentials of Religious Life.
Originally from Manitowoc, WI and Grand Rapids, MI, the new Novices with Directress Sister Natalie Binversie, OSF, second year Novice Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel, OSF, with the assistance of few other professed Sisters will build community with each other in a specially designated place within the Motherhouse.
Our Franciscan Community remembers our Sisters in special way on birthdays and on the date of our individual patron saint’s feastday. St. Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4) and St. Monica (August 27) now hold additional significance on our particular Franciscan Community calendar.
Traditionally, those who are received into the Novitiate at the same time choose a title and celebrate an additional feastday together. This year the Sister and Sister decided on the title Proclaimers of the Kingdom celebrated on the feast of Christ the King.