Vows, Liturgy and Vocations Important to Franciscan Community

by Sister Julie Ann on July 17, 2011

Ever wonder what consecrated women religious talk about when they get together? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity talk about vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, liturgy and vocations. Truthfully, this Summer’s 2011 Communty Meeting confirms conversation of this deeper kind.

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity General Administration gave presentations on the vows of chasity, poverty and obedience on July 15-16, 2011 at their Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI.

Here’s a sketch of  the morning and afternoon dialogue:

  • Liturgical Changes 

Franciscan Sister Pamela Biehl led a session to deepen understanding of the Sacred Liturgy while looking to the implementation of  the revised Roman Missal. Her presentation was practical, pointed to the Scriptural richness of the changes and challenged us to pass on to others what we learned.

  • Vocations

Our Vocation Team connected our Community efforts to Pope Benedict’s message on “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age” while being grateful for each Sisters’ participation and continued efforts. Sensitive to God’s initiative in a young woman’s vocation, Mark Kolter, Kolter Creative, mapped out ways he is assisting us in vocation strategies that are bearing fruit.

  • Vows

Sister Mariadele Jacobs, Sister Adrianna Schouten refreshed everyone on previous Community Meeting presentations on vows of poverty and obedience filled with thoughtful Franciscan sources and Church documents. Click here to read a segment of Sister Patricia Linssen’s reflection on chasity.

Sister Louise Hembrecht, our Community Director, always closes our times together with a state of the Community address encouraging us all in our lives together. 

So it is what it should be.  Our conversation stirs us into action, into charity, into becoming who we say we are: Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

The world needs you. God calls you. We invite you.

5 thoughts on “Vows, Liturgy and Vocations Important to Franciscan Community”

  1. srsharon says:

    The Community Meeting was very informative, well done and Sr. Pamela, thank you for your excellent presentation.  I shared one booklet with our priest at St. Joseph's and with a Sister of LaCrosse Franciscans who resides here caring for her parents. Our Parish priests at the church had a copy.  THANKS to the Administration and all those who worked behind the scenes to make it a worthwhile day filled also with good food and seeing our Sisters.

  2. Our Franciscan life is a gift! Sharing on this level with my Sisters is a blessing! Renewing our journey together is so filled with the Holy Spirit!!! I am so grateful to our Sisters in the General Administration for their guidance of this day!

  3. Sr. Leslie says:

    This was my first community meeting and I really enjoyed it. I thought the presentation of the liturgical changes was especially helpful and I was very touced by Sr. Patricia's refelction on the vow of chasity.

  4. The community meeting was life-giving and inspirational. Best of all, it was a time to see some sisters who are missioned in other states and who we only see at such gatherings. The Franciscan approach to the vows, the talk on the New Roman Missal and the vocation efforts update were all appreciated.

  5. Sr. Pam Biehl says:

    Our community meeting was a great day of renewal for me.  I was honored to be asked to do a presentation on the New Roman Missal and give our sisters some background into the the history and theology of this change.  I know we will be one of the first people others will come to for information and how important it will be for our sisters to have that ready to share with others.  
     I am grateful for the time spent in the afternoon talking about the vows as well as our current vocation efforts.  Most of all it is the conversations and “catching up” with sisters  I don't see very often that is one of the best parts of the day.

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