Why a Franciscan Community Chose to Be at Sheboygan Catholic Prayer Conference

by Sister Julie Ann on October 23, 2010

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were inspired and enriched in faith and prayer with many others at  ‘Conversations with God’ Conference,  a joint collaboration of all the Catholic churches in Sheboygan County on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Kohler Memorial Theatre.

Franciscan Community at Sheboygan Catholic Conference

On Oct. 23, 2010 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were present for closing liturgy with Archbishop Jerome Listecki at Sheboygan, WI, 'Conversations With God' Prayer Conference.

Here’s a few reasons why we ‘showed up’.

With our Motherouse only 20 minutes away, the  day was a perfect opportunity to set up a booth on our community complete with photos, brochures, discernment retreat opportunties, and of course the best of give-aways.  Exhibit visitors received hand-crafted tau crosses and cards announcing where to find our Streaming Songs of Peace for this month of October, along with a few other St. Francis bookmarks and a smaller version of our latest vocation poster. 

Saturday’s conference was also an opportunity to build on relationships ie. , pastors, families, former teachers in Plymouth, Catholic organizations, Silver Lake College alumni.

One of the guest presenters, Father Marty Pable, OFM Cap, is a friend of the community over the years.  We couldn’t help but feel at home when Franciscan spirituality ‘Deepening Our Relationship with God’ was the first talk of the day.

Advertised as an event that envisioned John Paul II’s call to new evangelization, we found the collaborative planning of this event supported our current Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s  impetus for renewal and was an expression of strength given to all the people of God. It was a blessing to be with other committed Catholics.

 Sister Natalie Binversie, Sister Elaine Turba, Novices and Postulants arrived mid-afternoon to hear Father James Kubicki, SJ, the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer, speak on ‘The Eucharist in Our Daily Lives’. What better instruction for those discerning religous life especially when the Apostleship of Prayer finds a home in our own community prayer. (See previous posting.)

Lastly,  the decision to celebrate the closing Liturgy with Archbishop Jerome Listecki was another highlight of the day. For Postulant Leslie Gonia who is from the Diocese of LaCrosse, WI  and was present for the Archbishop’s reception of the pallium in Rome in June 2010, it was an especially heart-warming reunion. Read more about Leslie and the other postulants.

7 thoughts on “Why a Franciscan Community Chose to Be at Sheboygan Catholic Prayer Conference”

  1. Snatalie says:

    It was a privilege to be in this sacred space.

    God is with us always and in all ways.

    We are all called to relationship with God.

    The key is prayer and to listen is the key to prayer.

    What a wonderful experience of witnessing the Faith of all present.

  2. Leslie (postulant) says:

    Thank you so much for inviting us. Fr. Kubick's talk was wonderful. It was a reminder of the daily living of the Eucharist and offering our daily lives to God. Also, it was good to be reminded that our response to the Eucharist should be one of amazement. Then we celebrated the Eucharist in a school where many people spend there daily lives. It was a beautiful spirit filled celbration of the mass. Also, it was so wonderful to see Archbishop Listecki, I had been missing him.

    Thanks again.

  3. Sr. Elaine says:

    The Spirit is alive and active! It was a joy to be present at the Catholic Prayer Conference at Kohler. The talk on the Eucharist provided much food for thought and reflection on this blessed gift of Jesus's presence in our daily lives. The gift of the Eucharist was a wonderful conclusion to a great day. Thank you for sharing this opportunity with us!

  4. This day of focusing on our “Conversations with God” I so appreciated Fr. Marty's Franciscan description of prayer: “Prayer is any act where I pay attention to the presence of God within me or around me.”

  5. Smaryfrances says:

    What a blessed opportunity for all of our Sisters and Postulants to participate in! May God continue to guide all of us as He draws us closer to Him and the people He asks us to serve.

  6. Holly (postulant) says:

    Thank you for inviting us! It was an amazing talk! And the mass was beautiful too! It is always great to hear and be reminded of the importance of the Eucharist and how much we need it in our daily lives. Praise the Lord!

  7. srsharon says:

    It sounded like a worthwhile day collaborating with many churches of the area, exhibiting our vocation material and it wasn't too far away. Glad you could hear Fr. James Kubicki's talk on “Eucharist In Our Daily Lives” which is the summit and FOOD for our daily journey. I often heard that our Sisters really enjoyed ministering in Plymouth over the years. Thank you for representing our Religious Congregation with the Catholic Churches in the Sheboygan County events.

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