#3 How Do You Meet Franciscan Sisters: World Day of Prayer for Vocations Priest Request

by Sister Julie Ann on April 20, 2013

It all began with a facebook invitation. Father Timothy Brandt, pastor of Holy Family Parish, Brillion, WI, asked if someone from our Community of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity would ever be available on April 18, 2013  to come for Mass and a talk on discernment to religious life to middle school youth at Holy Family School. Father’s hope was to anticipate World Day of Prayer for Vocations and provide some education on the priesthood and consecrated life.

2013-04-18_10-10-02_852On Thursday our Vocation Team responded by packing up a computer, lcd projector, handouts and Sister-made give-away bracelets arriving amid rain drops at the school’s front entrance. Sharon, the school secretary directed us to the basement space for Mass. Anna Schmidt, enthusiastic religion teacher and coordinator of youth ministry, later led us to a classroom to set up our materials.

Students formed a strong choir for Eucharist and Ginger, guitarist and song leader, planned a festive Easter liturgy. Father introduced us and the theme of vocations to the congregation before we followed the girls upstairs for an enjoyable session with them.  We were introduced to yet another teacher Lori Dederich who not only was very welcoming, but actively participated with her class in our presentation.

Our picture tells the rest of the story.

3 thoughts on “#3 How Do You Meet Franciscan Sisters: World Day of Prayer for Vocations Priest Request”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    What a delightful group of middle school girls at Holy Family School in Brillion! The respect, prayerfulness, and participation of all the students at Mass with Fr. Timothy was beautiful! Sharing with the girls and their teachers exemplified the very fine education they are receiving with a true depth of knowledge of their faith!

  2. Sister Sue Ann Hall says:

    Sister Mary Ann and Sister Julie Ann go above and beyond to spread the good news of our community. They keep reminding each of us of our importance in promoting our life, of being seen and joyfully spreading God’s message as a follower of Jesus as a daughter of St. Francis.

  3. I was particularly interested in this posting for two reasons. St. Mary, Brillion, was my first mission where I taught fourth and fifth grade. I loved the people, the school and the children. Also, Anna Schmidt is familiar with St. Raphael in Oshkosh and our youth ministry. The circle of ministry and the shared love of the Gospel are mighty binding agents! Sounds like it was a rich session of sharing.

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