ARISE! Sounds like an Easter event, right? Well, the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee uses the word to identify a new apostolate open to all ages that includes Eucharistic Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation and contemporary praise and worship music. Curious, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Vocation Team and Novices decided to check it out on April 28, 2012 at Lumen Christi, Mequon, WI, a Catholic church a little more than an hour from our Motherhouse in Manitowoc.
Red t-shirted, smiling young greeters at every door were the first to make us feel welcome. Musicians playing life-fested songs tuned up, made sound checks and eventually invited everyone to join in simple, praise hymns. It wasn’t too long before lights dimmed and a long line of priests entered from the back of church carrying with them Jesus in a large Eucharistic monstrance. The crowd knelt in adoration.
While Bishop Don Hying, Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J., and Fr. John Mary Burns presided at previous ARISE events, tonight Father Luke Strand, assistant pastor at Holy Family in Fond du Lac, next offered an inspiring fererino on Psalm 25. So perfect for this year of St. Clare, Father encouraged us to be open to God’s abundant love and gaze so as to imitate Christ. (Typical to ARISE is a theme based on a psalm. Given the number of psalms, this apostolate has a lot of hope of being around for a long time.)
Now, the word apostolate is not one used in common conversation. A word rooted in the first followers of Christ, ARISE hopes to bring people to the knowledge and love of Christ and to the promise of the Easter blessing of eternal life. Watch for further comments from our Franciscan Novices, Sister Monica, Sister Regina Rose and Sister Leslie about our experience. (Sister Monica and Sister Leslie were actually invited by Heather Rumple, youth minister at Lumen Christi, to share first impressions in a video interview before leaving for home.)
ARISE Milwaukee, currently operating as a joint ministry of the Basilica of St. Josaphat and St. Joseph Parish in Wauwatosa, resumes September 22, 2012 after a summer break. We encourage you to check it out.