Franciscan Sisters Book Discussion: A Star of Hope Shone in the Convent Sky

by Sister Julie Ann on July 7, 2016

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have our own book clubs. This summer Sister Caritas Strodthoff and Sister Marcolette Madden are facilitating 4 one hour discussions, independent of each other, centering on questions, concerns and interests generated by Sister Donna Marie Kessler’s book, A Star of Hope Shone in the Convent Sky.

Archivist Franciscan Sister Caritas Strodthoff and Sister Marcolette MaddenParticipants will trace the history of our Community’s faith, charism and place our Sisters within the political and social culture of the eras before 1945.

What are some other points of discussion?

On page 65 there are pictures to introduce Chapter 6. The one refers to the Community Book that contains the names and dates of birth, reception and profession. Obviously this was not begun when the Community began, but later. When were the original entries begun, by whom (beautiful hand writing) and who wrote the corrections, etc.? Is this book still in use? How reliable is it?

Why might Father Joseph Fessler have gone to Latrobe, PA for seminary? Was it a place of training for German speaking priests?

In the last Chapter 14 which discusses the Sisters involvement of helping during World War II, it would be interesting to see artifacts, etc.

3 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters Book Discussion: A Star of Hope Shone in the Convent Sky”

  1. annemarielom says:

    Sister Caritas, our Archivist, makes our history “come alive” with interesting stories resulting from her research. Sister Marcolette, professor at Silver Lake College, adds historical perspective and strategies for learning through her approach. What a joy it has been to work with them!

  2. Pat Molitor says:

    Has this book been published? I would like to get a copy.

  3. Sharon M. Peters says:

    I have often wondered where Sister Marcolette was, and how she was doing. As have many of the other former teachers at St. Francis Xavier School in Petoskey, MI. Glad to see her picture and know she is doing well! Will pass the news on. Sharon Peters

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