Sisu, nisu, snow bombs, broom ball, Scoofies….are a few U.P. concepts learned during Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s recent interaction with some truly wonderful people February 28-March 2, 2014. It all began with an invitation from ever-effervescent Father Ben Hasse to come and hang out with students at St. Albert the Great University, Houghton, MI. Add hospitality from Sister Ellen Enright, IBVM, and it was a memorable Michigan experience.
On arrival Wisconsin travelers participated in Eucharist and a warm-hearted Friday evening meal of potato soup and apple pie. Temperatures were cold outside, but conversation ignited on hot topics of Franciscanism, discernment, committed lives, Gospel patience, etc. at a fireside chat. Sister Anne Turba, Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller, Sister Regina Rose Pearson and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan facilitated an hour of planned and spontaneous dialogue.
Saturday included an excursion to Holy Transifiguration Skete on the shores of Lake Superior on the Keweenow Pennisula at Jacob Falls. Pilgrims were blessed with a meal with the monks, followed by a tour and talk explaining the Ukrainian Byzantine rite and historical accounting of how these men of God were called to this spectacular site. Here was a generous community sincere in their commitment to the fine arts who have a broad vision of God’s dream for them. One ministry truly appreciated by many of this area and beyond is jampot.
Saturday night we joined a talented choir and other parish members at St. Anne Parish, Chassel, MI for Sunday Eucharist. Hunger pains were further satisfied at a pizza party honoring students who give of themselves in ministry roles. Humility and joyful simplicity was evident in these servants of God.
Houghton Vocabulary Lesson
- sisu: Finnish word meaning toughness, determination, bravery, and resilience
- nisu: Finnish pastry
- snow bombs: snow in large clumps in tree branches that can be quite deadly when they fall
- broom ball: game played with two teams, each consisting of six players: a goal-tender and five others. The object of the game is to score more goals than your opponent. Goals are scored by hitting the ball into your opponent’s net using your broom (not exactly a kitchen broom; someone said duck tape is helpful in this game!)
- Scoofies:unseen inhabitants of secret places; click here.