What It Means When A Franciscan Postulant Has A Mission Experience

by Franciscan Postulant Sarah on June 10, 2014

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Postulant Sarah shares about her recent mission experience in Marquette, MI and Green Bay, WI.

Franciscan Postulant SarahThinking that the winter was finally over and that I wouldn’t be seeing snow until next fall, I headed up to Marquette, Michigan, right after I finished my freshman year in college. This was my “mission experience” as a postulant, and I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was ready for anything and everything. Feeling like summer had finally begun, I have to admit that I was disappointed to see piles of snow and a frozen lake as we got closer to Marquette.

But, despite the partly-frozen landscape, the weather turned out to be very pleasant—there was even a day when I didn’t need my jacket, for the first time in what seemed like forever! During my time in Michigan, I had a variety of experiences with the Sisters who live and work there. This included helping Sisters Colleen Sweeting and Marcelyn Gervais with a volunteer dinner at St. Christopher’s, going on Communion calls with Sister Colleen, sorting shoes for the poor with Sister Ludmilla Gramann, and visiting the sick with Sister Margie Schmelzle. As a true mission experience, I essentially lived out of my suitcase and moved back and forth between three different houses throughout the week.

Next, I was off to Green Bay to spend time with the Sisters at St. Agnes. I visited the hospitals with Sister Dorothy Wagner, went to school and listened to first graders read, helped Notre Dame Academy students with a presentation on St. Francis and religious life, helped Sister Jackie Spaniola and her co-workers at the Green Bay Diocesan Office, went grocery shopping with Sister Ann Carla Baumann, and even cooked a meal for everyone! We spent our nights playing a variety of card games, including Garbage, Phase 10, 3-15, 2000, and Cribbage—a great way to end the day!

I had a wonderful time on my mission experience and was inspired by the hard and dedicated work of all of the Sisters in the places I visited. It was also nice to have a change in pace, as the life of the Sisters on mission is very different from life at our Motherhouse. I am so thankful that I was able to have a variety of experiences as well as learn and try many new things. I’m thankful for the time I shared with the Sisters and for every chance I had to grow as a person. I’ll take the best of them with me, and lead by their example wherever I go. To Sr. Colleen, Sr. Marcelyn, Sr. Ludmilla, Sr. Margie, Sr. Dorothy, Sr. Mercita, Sr. Ann Carla, and Sr. Jackie: thank you for everything and may God bless you always. You are an inspiration and blessing to all those around you.


One thought on “What It Means When A Franciscan Postulant Has A Mission Experience”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    It is great to hear about your mission experiences Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing your activities and insights!!!! Prayers for you continue!

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