St. Francis often spoke of special honor for priests because of the dignity of the Lord’s Sacrament which is made present by them. Praying for priests is a priority for Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. We also support those in the initial steps of being called to become Sacramental servants of our Catholic Church.
In some cases, men who are our relatives including uncles, brothers, etc. receive special heartfelt mention in prayer. Recently, Fr. Troy Schneider, newly ordained nephew of our Sister Florita Schneider, presided at Eucharist in one of our Motherhouse chapels. He came to thank the Community personally for our support. Sister Florita’s oldest living brother Roger’s son, Fr. Troy, is originally from Eugene, OR, but after moving to California was ordained for the Orange Diocese. He is presently continuing studies at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium.
Seminarians including the grand nephew of Sister Frances Joseph Hildebrand, Sean Dooley, do receive daily prayer. Sean is a Diocese of Columbus, OH seminarian attending the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH. His and Sister Frances Joseph’s home parish is St. Nicholas, Zanesville, OH. Needless to say, our Sisters also stay connected to former students who are beginning religious or priestly formation or are pastors of God’s people in various roles.
Current Community correspondence is sent through our Vocation Office to seminarians studying in these locations: Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL; Conception Seminary, Conception, MO; St. John Vianney,, St. Paul, MN; St. Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN; St. Francis de Sales Seminary, St. Francis, WI, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA and Pontifical North American College, Vatican City.
We invite you to pray with us.