Franciscan Sisters Serving at St. Francis Convent, Manitowoc

Paul Keggington

July 01, 2008

img_4310_0892.jpgOver forty Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity live at St. Francis Convent, Manitowoc. This home of the Sisters is within walking distance of the Motherhouse. Historically, the community has engaged in some construction project every twenty to thirty years. On Oct. 3, 1987 groundbreaking was celebrated for this building named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Seraphic Father who answered the call to live the Gospel.

img_4308_0890.jpgA poem by John Ruskin (his essays on art and architecture were extremely influential in the Victorian and Edwardian eras) quoted in 1957 in an informative booklet printed for the financial campaign for the building of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, was repeated in archival notes to commemorate this Community construction site :

When we build

Let us think that we build together.

Let it not be for present delight,

Not for present use alone;

Let it be such as our descendants

Will thank us for,

And let us think

As we lay stone on stone,

That a time is to come

When those stones will be held sacred,

Because our hands have touched them,

And that men will say as they look

Upon the labor and wrought substance of them

See! This our fathers did for us!

Learn more about these “living stones”, the Sisters, as they share their lives among God’s people in the Manitowoc area and with each other.

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