Called by Name at OSU and with WI Young Adults

by Sister Julie Ann on May 17, 2011

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were ‘named’  recently both at St. Thomas More Newman Center, Ohio State University and among  Nazareth Young Adults, an outreach of Holy Family Parish, Fond du Lac, WI. Having a new found identity in both these Spirited settings is totally awesome. After all, one serves the largest university in the nation and the other the largest parish in Wisconsn.

It was on Good Shepherd Sunday Eucharist, May 15, 2011, that Paulist Father Vinny McKiernan introduced us  (Sister Mary Ann Spanjers and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan) from Wisconsin to the Ohio congregation and reminded all gathered at Mass that the “Lord calls us to love our enemies!” Needless to say, this kind of ‘naming’ leaves a lasting impression. We met other good-humored Paulists Father Joe Ciccone and Father Chuck Cunniff, Campus Minister Austin Schafer and of course, the students themselves, who make a Sunday evening spaghetti dinner a tradition. Food and fellowship was good. Count on us to return.

Later this week, precisely Tuesday May 17th,  it was Christina Novak  who ‘called us by name’.  She sent out a notice that Nazareth Young Adults should come, be inspired and find out how prayer can become a catalyst for faith-filled action!  That’s where we Franciscan Sisters came in.  We presented on ‘Eucharist: Adoration to Action’ using the writings of St. Francis and St. Clare.

Picture having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after some interactive sharing with a group that are committed to getting together. (Thank you, Father Luke Strand, for presiding over this communal prayer including Benediction.) Another perfect evening with possible life-changing consequences and the beginnings of new relationships.

It feels good to be called by name. (Here’s another example…Father Michael Gorman names us at Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, La Crosse WI! When was the last time you felt good about being ‘named’?

7 thoughts on “Called by Name at OSU and with WI Young Adults”

  1. Zach says:

    A priest challenged me to see if I could go back into my life and see if there was any other signs of my call to the priesthood since I felt the call when I was 20. On Divine Mercy Sunday while praying the DM chaplet I heard the name “Zachie” from the most beautiful feminine voice I've ever heard. This was earth shaking to me b/c in my whole life my mom ran a home daycare.The kids always call me “Zachie”. This rocked my foundation b/c the call had been there the whole time, it took just the  intercession of the Blessed Mother to tell me what kind of a Father I was called to be. This helped me get over my pride of waiting to have physical children.

  2. L. says:

    I am not in control. The communion of Saints, the mystical body of Christ is truly calling me to rely more and more on Jesus.

  3. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    Today I was called to walk with a young woman full of the pain of rejection. I pray God works through me to help healing take place.

  4. Smaryfrances says:

    This is interesting as in the past week, I have heard in homilies that Jesus is calling us by name constantly.  The crux of the matter is….am I listening?  Then, to discern what I am being called to is more apparant.  I think my call right now is to slow down and smell the flowers, so to speak.  Just be…  God is so good!

  5. Sister Laura says:

    Great to have you find some ways to impact young people in new and varying places. May God bless your work !

  6. As we prepare for our retreat, “Mary Said Yes” I am reminded of all the names we, throughout the world,  have for our Blessed Mother! It is all about our relationships, as Fr. Vinny said in his homily, sometimes he has to remember who he is depending upon the name the person he is with is using!

  7. Mad3456 says:

    You must look up Father Donald Calloway, whose conversion experience and eventual calling to the priesthood began with this beautiful voice speaking to him!  God bless you, Zachie!

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