One Way Catholic Women Religious Live Pope’s Prayer Intention

by Sister Julie Ann on August 16, 2010

Franciscan Sisters Host at Hope House of Manitowoc County

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity live Pope Benedict's Monthly Prayer Intention by their involvement with Hope House of Manitowoc County.

While a daily self-offering to the Lord for the coming of God’s kingdom and praying Pope Benedict XVI’s Monthly General Intention are part of each morning’s community prayer, one of the ways the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity live the ‘apostleship of prayer’ is by our involvement in the new Hope House of Manitowoc County.  

First, a  clarification of a few terms before sharing more about Hope House of Manitowoc County:

  •  Apostleship of Prayer: In 1844 a group of seminarians desiring to be ‘out in the mission field’ rather than studying were urged by a spiritual director  to do spiritual works of offering prayers, sacrifices and frustrations as an apostle of prayer. The idea caught on and by the 1800’s Pope Leo XIII formally recognized the movement by providing a monthly personal prayer intention.  Later, the Congregation for the Propogation of the Faith (one group of official evangelization cheerleaders) asked Pope Pius XI to add a missionary intention. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity incorporated the practice long ago of remembering the general intention in prayer together.
  • Pope’s Monthly Prayer Intentions: Pope Benedict XVI urges Christians throughout the world to unite in prayer for these August  intentions.

General Intention: That those who are unemployed, homeless, or in any serious need may find welcome, understanding, and help in overcoming their difficulties.

Missionary Intention: That the Church may be a home for all people in need, opening its doors to any who suffer from racial or religious discrimination, hunger, or wars forcing their emigration.

To read further reflections that illuminate the Holy Father’s concerns click here.

Franciscan Sisters inside Hope House of Manitowoc CountyNow, Hope House of Manitowoc County is not a totally new experience for us Franciscan Sisters. A few weeks a year we opened our own home to homeless families not served by existing social service agencies such as: Lakeshore CAP, St. Vincent DePaul and the Salvation Army. We joined hands with other congregations of faith and founded the Lakeshore’s Interfaith Hospitality Network in 2005 offering food, shelter and hours of personal presence to help guests feel at home among us.

What is new is that in the last months a  stationary site called Hope House of Manitowoc County has become a dream come true. Already feeling many inconveniences and disruptions, low income families are now able to have one stable place to stay during the day and in the evening. As volunteers, we continue to offer meals and support services. Daily presence among the guests from 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. is also something we do. (Read Herald Times Reporter article.)

While many of us Franciscan Sisters are preparing for our hosting week August 22-28, 2010 by checking schedules and blocking off shifts to be at Hope House as well as praying for those who are homeless, Sister Camilla Wolfgram, OSF , Chair of the Board, and Sister Anne Turba, OSF, our Franciscan community coordinator, attend many more meetings to insure that programs designed to redress the underlying causes of homelessness are also carried out. As Franciscans we feel we are living the Pope’s intention, but more importantly we are living the Gospel message: ‘What so ever you do to the least… that you do unto Me.”

18 thoughts on “One Way Catholic Women Religious Live Pope’s Prayer Intention”

  1. Sr. Elaine says:

    God bless you for all you do to reach out to others, helping them find some comfort in their time of need. I am sure they appreciate all that is done to help them get back on their feet. God's blessings upon you as you continue this beautiful ministry.

  2. sharon says:

    What a blessing to now have a stationary site that some families can find a temporary respite while they can get some assistance & help to cope with whatever they are struggling with at the time. It takes many hands to direct or assist others in their time of need. Congratulations and blessings to all those who volunteer! With a grateful heart, Sr. Sharon Paul

  3. James Kubicki, S.J. says:

    This is exactly what our prayer should do–lead us to action. Thanks very much for letting people know about how you are doing this. Thank you also for providing links to the Apostleship. Fr. Jim Kubicki, S.J., the U.S. director of the Apostleship of Prayer

  4. Ssharon says:

    Thank you, Father Jim Kubicki, S.J. for serving as Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. This draws all cutures throughout the world to a network of prayer & sacrifice for the needs of others. Keep up your dedicated labors on behalf of the Lord.

  5. sisterannemarielom says:

    How great to have Father Kubicki, S.J. personally respond to this post. I really appreciate the background on the Apostleship of Prayer. It makes my daily prayer more meaningful and informed. I am grateful for the research and posting!

  6. Shelena says:

    Thank you to all who actively participate in this program. You are in my daily prayers, it makes my Morning Offering more meaningful. Blessings on those who are seved at the Hope House of Manitowoc.

  7. Thanks for noticing! May the Lord bless your ministry of Eucharistic action as well! Peace and all good.

  8. srsharon says:

    QUESTION???? Is this the ole St. Boniface Home???

  9. This is the former St. Boniface rectory. Very observant!

  10. Sadrianna says:

    Blessings on your work in Hope House. Not all of us can be active in the work, but be assured of prayers and support in whatever way we can. It is good that you have a central location. Much gratitude to the people of Manitowoc county parishes that help with the program.

  11. Sister Laura says:

    Another opportunity to serve — Praise God!

  12. Sister Monica, novice says:

    I am glad that this ministry is continuing, and the fact that it is going to be in a stable location is even better. I am so happy that the people who find themselves in this situation can live comfortably in one place during their time in the program. The program keeps improving all the time.

  13. We will interacting with 14 people at Hope House this week. 7 families are being served on an outreach basis as well. Hope House has provided over 1500 nights of shelter so far this year and have assisted more than 30 families!

  14. Sister Kay Klackner says:

    It's wonderful to have the opportunity to serve in this way. The families are great to interact with and the children are delightful!

  15. srsharon says:

    THANK YOU, SR. Julie Ann for the update of Hope House and how many nights of shelter this past year (1500) and the number of families served. What a blessings! Keep the HOPE alive in others' hearts that they can continue to survive. Gratefully, Sr. Sharon Paul

  16. Sannmary says:

    Thank you for doing what we in missions can't because of being so far away. My prayers are with you as you continue this great work for the homeless.

  17. Billgatescolumbus says:

    Special Prayer Intention!

    Slow Recovery from the Death of Our Only Son & Other Ongoing Daily Hardships & Sorrow…

    Nov.15,2010.

    Dear Community of Prayer,

    Please include my wife and I in the daily prayers of the Community in the days ahead…Nov..Christmas 2010,2011..or as long as possible??

    God's Healing,Protecting Peace and Hope in our broken hearts,health and shattered lives!! Please also pray for relief from severe financial hardship!

    Feel free to pass or e-mail our urgent prayer intention on to the Sisters and Communities of Prayer that you know of in the World?? Long Term??

    Thank you. Bill and Carol. oh.usa

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