Here’s a Way Franciscans and Salvatorians Collaborate in Mission

by Sister Julie Ann on August 9, 2010

Franciscan Sisters at Salvatorian Warehouse

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Marlene Schwaller, Sister Rita Ann Fish, Sister Dolores Hermann and Sister Theresa Schleis join Novices at The Salvatorian Warehouse, St. Nazianz, WI.

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have joined other local volunteers in spending thousands of hours sorting and repacking materials for needy villages around the world at The Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, St. Nazianz, WI. One of our Sisters, Sister Dolores Hermann, OSF,  can honestly say she has volunteered around 30 years. This is a humble, often tedious ministry,  that stirs feelings close to the heart.

Salvatorians Brother Regis Fust, SDS,  Sister Dora Zapf, SDS  and Brother William Hoefgen, SDS, once missionaries in far away poor countries themselves, are now ‘apostles for our time’ in handling and shipping large amounts of material in this mission supply program. All warmly welcome Franciscans to be part of the volunteer family. Both religous congregations, Salvatorians and Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, share some common geographical roots in the early foundings of our communities.

What kinds of materials are shipped?

Food, vitamins, medicines, clothing, soap, bandages, anti-itch cream, baby wash, toothbrushes, wash cloths, blankets

What countries are served?

Tanzania, Ghana, Panama, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua,Paraguay

How about a young person’s perspective on this outreach?

This is easy. Read Sister Monica’s latest blog posting. Our Novices gain first hand experience in missionary work that helps put a face on someone in need.

13 thoughts on “Here’s a Way Franciscans and Salvatorians Collaborate in Mission”

  1. Sister Jean Anne says:

    Sister Monica, your entries in 'Habitually Speaking' aer so interesting and so realistic. Anyone who reads them can get a true picture of how we live and the work and activities we do. Great job!

  2. srsharon says:

    THANK YOU to all the SISTERS and VOLUNTEERS over the years who have given numerous hours, years at the Savatorian Mission to help God's people and YOU truly LIVE the Beatitudes and assist 10 countries. Marvelous! Keep up your dedicated labors!

  3. Sister Monica, novice says:

    Thanks Sister Julie Ann for providing all this information about the warehouse. I am amazed at all the countries we serve. Thanks Sister Delores for your commitment and for allowing us to be apart of this ministry!

  4. Sister Monica, novice says:

    Thank you Sister Jean Anne

  5. Srosangela says:

    I know our Sisters have been helping in this Apostolate for years. It was good to learn more about it. I too am grateful to all those who are serving the poor in this way. May God bless you as you continue this work.

  6. Sister Chiara says:

    Thank you to all of the vcolunteers! It is a wonderful cause, and I am very happy that the “unwanted” items get soo much use! God bless you all! 🙂

  7. sisterannemarielom says:

    Thank you for all the information regarding this ministry. Though I have been on the fringes of it for all my religious life, I never had this many facts. In the past, Roncalli High School often collected money to help defray the shipping costs of the materials. People from Oshkosh go at least once a week to help out. This ministry has many “helping hands”.

  8. Thanks, Sister Monica, for allowing us to share your perspective on this service that truly broadens your Novitiate in profound ways. Happy Feast of St. Clare! May you 'place your mind before the mirror of eternity…” today and every day!

  9. Happy Feast of St. Clare, Sister Chiara! Thanks for personally en'light'ening our conversation here!

  10. Sr. Laura says:

    It surely is wonderful to see such generous people working for others.
    Keep up the good work

  11. Sister Chiara says:

    Thank you very much! It is a wonderful Feast Day!

  12. Sr. Delores Wisnicky says:

    Thank you, Sisters for your generous service to the poor.

  13. Spamelacatherine, novice says:

    The first time I volunteered at the warehouse, I was in awe at all the donated items, the generosity of the local people who take hours out of their day to help. Also, the dedication of the Salvatorians who operate this enormous humanitarian effort. Throughout each week, I continue to be in awe! There is much joy there in all the work we do. Perhaps it is in knowing that the few hours spent there each week adds up to a great impact on the lives of those most in need. It is a wonderful ministry! Thank you to all the volunteers and to the Salvatorians!!

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